Max undertakes work in a broad range of commercial disputes, including shipping, commodities, international arbitration, conflicts of law, aviation, energy and insurance. He regularly appears in the Commercial Court and in international arbitration.
Prior to joining Quadrant Chambers, Max studied law at King's College London, Oxford and Harvard. He was also a Visiting Tutor in Contract Law and Trusts Law and an Examiner in Commercial Arbitration at King's College London during 2012-2013.
"Very approachable and great at getting into the details."(Legal 500, 2020)
"Extremely thorough, well-reasoned, persuasive and articulate, he is always quick to respond and enthusiastic."(Legal 500, 2020)
"A strategic thinker and someone who can be a huge help in honing litigation strategy and seizing the initiative on a case."(Legal 500, 2019)
Max has extensive experience of advising on and drafting pleadings in a wide range of charterparty and bill of lading disputes, including cargo claims, off-hire, laytime and demurrage, general average, unsafe ports and dangerous cargo. These disputes are typically in either the LMAA Arbitration or the High Court and involve charterparties or bills of lading on the main forms (NYPE; Shelltime; Gencon; BPVoy).
Illustrative cases include:
Max has experience of a variety of salvage, wreck and collision disputes, and of limitation claims. Recent experience includes a claim pursuant to the WRECKSTAGE 2010 form and a claim arising out of subsea cable damage by a fishing vessel.
Max has acted in numerous yacht and superyacht disputes, including arising out of contracts of sale, brokers' commission agreements, collision and harbour damage. Recent experience includes: acting for superyacht vendors in a claim brought against them by brokers for sale commission; acting for superyacht buyers to recover deposit paid; acting for the owners of the yacht “FOOTLOOSE” in Admiralty Court proceedings again the owners of the yacht “BLUE MANGO” in a case arising out of a collision during the Cowes Round the Island Race.
Max has experience of a wide range of both domestic and international commercial disputes in both court and arbitration, including sale of goods, commodities supply of services, international trade and fraud. Max also has experience of freight forwarding disputes and disputes concerning the carriage of goods by road, typically governed by the CMR Convention or BIFA or RHA terms.
Illustrative cases include:
Max undertakes cases involving fraudulent misrepresentation, deceit, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance of breach of trust. He has extensive experience both in obtaining worldwide freezing orders, and in resisting the continuation of worldwide freezing orders.
Damazein Global Investments Ltd v Salamanca Capital Ltd and another (2019): Max recently acted (with Jeremy Richmond) acted for the successful second defendant in the London Circuit Commercial Court trial of a fraudulent misrepresentation / deceit claim arising out of a US$3m investment in the United States: Damazein Global Investments Ltd v Salamanca Capital Ltd and another  EWHC 2730 (Comm).
Max’s client was a former director of a private merchant bank, the arranger for the investment. The claimant investor alleged that Jeremy and Max’s client had induced it to invest US$3m on the basis of allegedly deceitful statements about the investment sums already raised. The trial began on 2 October 2019, listed for 10 days before HHJ Pelling QC (sitting as a Judge of the High Court). After 2 days of evidence by the claimant’s witnesses, the claimant discontinued its claim and agreed to pay the defendants’ costs of the proceedings on the indemnity basis.
Max has undertaken work at a leading London insurer and reinsurer and has experience of advising on a range of insurance and reinsurance disputes. Illustrative cases include:
Max has experience of a wide range of aviation disputes involving aircraft leasing and maintenance agreements, jurisdictional and choice of law issues, the Montreal/Warsaw Convention and Regulation 261/2004. Max is regularly instructed by a number of major airlines, including Ryanair, British Airways, Emirates, Monarch and Thomas Cook.
Recent work includes:
Max represented Ryanair in an appeal against the Home Office’s decision to impose a charge upon Ryanair pursuant to section 40 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1996 for the carriage of two passengers who travelled into the United Kingdom on false passports. The appeal, which was the first such appeal brought in relation to section 40, considered the question of whether the falsity of the passports used by the passengers was “reasonably apparent”.
Max accepts instructions to act in international commercial and investment arbitration (including under LMAA, ICC and LCIA Rules).
Max has previous experience of assisting on advising on the merits of an investment treaty arbitration and has studied International Dispute Settlement and Investment Treaty Arbitration at Oxford and Harvard respectively.
Max has experience of shipbuilding disputes and accepts instructions in this field.
Max has experience of a number of banking and finance related issues, including matters involving letters of credit, loan agreements and financial product mis-selling.
Max recently acted as sole counsel for an individual in LCIA proceedings brought against him by a bank seeking approximately €60 million pursuant to a personal guarantee.
Max has previous experience of drafting arbitral awards for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (in both Ordinary and Appeal procedures), including a case involving a contractual dispute between a football club and player.
Max acted as sole counsel to obtain a worldwide freezing order against a Premier League footballer who had failed to pay judgment sums outstanding.
Max trained in mediation at Harvard Law School, and accepts instructions to act in ADR procedures, whether as counsel, mediator or arbitrator.
"A strategic thinker and someone who can be a huge help in honing litigation strategy and seizing the initiative on a case."(Legal 500 2019)
LLB, King’s College London (Highest First Class Honours – ranked 1st in both 2nd and 3rd years).
BCL, Oxford University (Distinction).
LLM, Harvard Law School.
BPTC, BPP Law School (Outstanding – 3rd in Year).
Visiting Tutor in Contract Law and Trusts Law, KCL (2012-13)
Examiner in Commercial Arbitration, KCL (2013)
Stagiaire, Cleary Gottlieb, Brussels (Summer 2012)
Placement in leading US insurance law firm
Placement in leading London shipping firm
Placement in leading London insurer and reinsurer
Gray’s Inn Prince of Wales Scholarship; Judges and Silks Award; Sweet and Maxwell Book Prize; Zafrullah Khan Prize; Oxford University Press Book Prize; Helen Gibbons Prize in Commercial Law; KCL scholarships for excelling in academic studies and contribution to student life (08/09 and 09/10)
COMBAR, London Shipping Law Centre, LCLCBA.
Protecting and extending time in collision actions: The Stolt Kestrel (Shipping and Transport International Vol 10 (2))