Called: 1985 Silk: 2003
Luke is a Commercial silk whose practice encompasses insurance and reinsurance, international trade, energy, sale of goods, banking, commercial contracts, and shipping. Shipping Silk of the Year at the Legal 500 Awards 2018 and Chambers UK Bar Awards, 2014, Luke is ranked by Chambers UK. Legal 500 UK, Chambers Global and the Legal 500 Asia Pacific legal directories. He has been described by the directories as: “"...Luke Parsons is exceptional. He is very commercially minded and will go the extra mile." Chambers UK 2018 and “"...he's charming but at the same time incisive. He really drills down to the bottom of points...”; "...exceptionally bright and very good on his feet. He is a master of getting the tone and the content of his delivery just right no matter the audience..." Chambers UK 2017.
Luke is often called in to handle the highest value, most complex claims, involving coordinating large teams of experts and has acted on many precedent-setting cases in the High Court, and Court of Appeal. Current examples of his work as counsel include an ICC arbitration seated in Paris concerning a road construciton case and a massive and complex LCIA Arbitration in the energy sector, worth over $500 million.
Given the frequently international dimension of his practice, Luke has extensive experience in dealing with foreign law and multi-jurisdictional disputes. In particular he frequently acts in arbitrations with a cross-border element and is experienced in making applications to the High Court in support of English arbitrations and also in support of foreign arbitrations in the English courts and advises on the enforcement of awards under the New York Convention.
Before coming to the Bar, Luke worked with a firm of international Lloyd’s brokers and then with a multi-national underwriting company. This experience in the London and International Markets assists with his practical and commercial approach to disputes whilst maintaining the intellectual rigour for which he is well-known.
"One of the best out-of-the-box thinkers at the Bar, he leaves no stone unturned"Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2019
"A real-life Perry Mason as a cross-examiner"(Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2019)
‘Has a brilliant mind combined with an engaging personality and has the ability to find out-of-the-box solutions to the most complex legal issues.’(Legal 500 2019)
‘A go-to silk on matters of marine insurance, his breadth of knowledge and ability to grasp complex issues in developing areas is simply outstanding.’(Legal 500 2019)
‘A very able and experienced arbitrator – knowledgeable and easy to work with.’(Legal 500 2019)
‘A user-friendly and effective advocate who provides practical, commercial advice with a no-nonsense approach.’(Legal 500 2019)
‘Incredibly bright and impressive on his feet.’(Legal 500 2019)
‘He appears in multi-faceted matters spanning litigation and arbitration.’(Legal 500 2019)
‘Instructed in disputes at the interface of shipping, commodities and energy.’(Legal 500 2019)
“An innovative litigator and a great out-of-the-box thinker.”(Chambers UK 2019)
‘He appears in heavyweight commodities cases.’(Legal 500 2019)
“A brilliant cross-examiner who really understands the expert evidence.”(Chambers UK 2019)
“A very experienced advocate who is very user-friendly.”(Chambers UK 2019)
"He's very good, down to earth and practical in his approach"; "Very clever"(Chambers UK, 2018)
"Luke Parson is exceptional. He is very commercial minded and will go the extra mile"; Super-smart and hard-working"(Chambers UK 2018)
"An effective cross-examiner with a down-to-earth approach"(Legal 500 2017)
"He has an excellent style for international arbitration and trinbunals listen to what he says"(Legal 500 2017)
"He is robust and takes no prisoners when dealing with his opponents"(Legal 500 2017)
"Probably the most user-friendly silk at the commercial Bar"; "A young QC who punches very much above his weight"; "If there is a case where you need a counsel team, he is a great captain of the ship"Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017
"He's very hands on, shows impressive attention to detail and really engages with the case. A lawyer who tells it like it is without sugar coating it, he's involved from the start and can talk on a level playing field with the experts. In his advocacy he integrates excellent legal knowledge with an element of humour"(Chambers UK 2017)
"Exceptionally bright and very good on his feet. He is a master of getting the tone and the content of his delivery just right no matter the audience"; "A real street fighter, he fights the points and wins even if it starts off looking difficult."(Chambers UK 2017)
"A tenacious and effective advocate, who works tirelessly";(Legal 500 2016)
"A highly skilled advocate, who is very practical and down to earth"(Legal 500 2016)
"Very bright, easy and accessible, he works hard but has a light touch"(Legal 500 2016)
Luke represents clients before a wide range of Tribunals including commercial arbitrations, the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. As well as trial and advisory work, Luke is also frequently instructed to appear before the Commercial Court on pre-emptive strike applications with a particular emphasis on freezing orders and anti-suit injunctions. Illustrative cases include:
Luke has a strong reputation in the field of energy and natural resources and off and on shore construction. He has been instructed on behalf of employers, contractors, insurers and consortiums of international energy companies in relation to a wide range of disputes including those arising from the termination of EPC Contracts. He has extensive experience in arbitrations involving the construction and maintenance of oil rigs, exploration platforms, floating storage platforms and pipelines.
Illustrative cases include:
The majority of Luke’s arbitration practice has an international element. He is regularly instructed in arbitrations with a cross-border element and is experienced in making applications to the High Court in support of English arbitrations and also in support of foreign arbitrations in the English courts. He has sat as arbitrator in Singapore SIAC arbitrations and appeared in arbitration proceedings in Tokyo. Luke also has extensive experience in challenging arbitration awards in the English Courts and advises on the enforcement of awards under the New York Convention.
Luke also acts as an arbitrator and was appointed as an arbitrator in the Singapore International Arbitration Centre - the arbitration concerned an oil exploration dispute and consideration of the effect of sanctions against Iran and how it impacted on obligations to explore for oil. He has also acted as party arbitrator in ICC arbitration on case involving motorway construction in Poland.
Luke has also been involved in some of the leading cases concerning the Arbitration Act 1996, especially where those cases have an international element. Illustrative cases include:
Luke is extensively instructed in cases concerning dry shipping and commodities and has appeared in many of the leading cases in the field. He has a wealth of experience in dealing with disputes under Charterparties, Contracts of Affreightment and Bills of Lading as well as in connection with disputes concerning the GAFTA, FOSFA and other commodities standard forms. Luke was named Shipping Silk of the Year 2017 at the Legal 500 Bar Awards.
Illustrative cases include:
Luke has extensive experience in ship sale and ship building disputes. Over a number of years he has acted for both Far East shipyards and shipowners in numerous high value arbitration claims in respect of shipbuilding and ship conversion disputes raising complex legal, factual and technical issues.
He was involved in London's longest running ship building arbitration covering issues such as project management, computer aided design, quality control and assurance and state of the art computer project modelling.
Luke has extensive experience in arbitrations involving the construction and maintenance of oil rigs, exploration platforms, floating storage platforms and pipelines.
Illustrative cases include:
Luke has practical experience of the London and International market gained from his experience working in the insurance field before coming to the bar, firstly with a firm of international Lloyds' brokers and thereafter with a multi-national underwriting company. He has a broad insurance practice and has acted on a number of complex and high-profile matters. Examples of illustrative cases include:
Luke is extensively instructed in cases concerning commodities and has a wealth of experience in disputes concerning the GAFTA, FOSFA and other commodities standard forms. He has appeared in many of the leading cases in the field including:
Luke is instructed in a wide range of disputes relating to banking and finance (including asset finance) and appears before arbitration tribunals, the High Court and appellate courts in cases concerning a variety of financial instruments.
An example of illustrative cases include:
Luke was leading Counsel to the Nimrod Review into the loss of the Nimrod MR2 aircraft XV230 in Afghanistan on 2nd September 2006. The Review's terms of reference require consideration of large volumes of technical aeronautical evidence and examining numerous expert witnesses.
Arbitrations include US$300 million aviation reinsurance dispute concerning total loss of a fleet of aircraft due to foreclosure action.
Inner Temple Major Examination Scholarship
Steel and Parsons; Admiralty and Commercial Court Forms and Precedents (2nd Edition, Thomson Reuters) with David Steel QC (now Mr. Justice Steel)
Before coming to the Bar, Luke Parsons QC worked with a firm of international Lloyd’s brokers and then with a multi-national underwriting company on Hull & Machinery. This experience in the London and International Markets assures his clients of a practical and commercial approach to their disputes.
Married. 5 sons
Founder Ethics Academy: helping children, particularly from underprivileged backgrounds to reach their full potential.
Acted pro bono in Core v HFEA: 2008: Judicial Review of decision to create human-animal admixed Embryos.
Also acted pro bono obtaining an injunction against a school who had expelled a boy for refusing to play for his rugby team.
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