Quadrant Chambers in the latest Legal 500

Wed, 18 October, 2017

We are delighted to be recommended as a leading set in 8 different practice areas and are top ranked for Aviation, Shipping and Travel. We have 91 individual recommendations and 46 barristers recommended in this year’s edition.  We have a fantastic 19 new entrants and 7 barristers moving up the rankings.

Set Overviews:

Quadrant Chambers is ‘a top-flight go-to set in relation to commercial litigation, shipping and admiralty matters’, with additional expertise in aviation, energy and insurance disputes. For many, it is ‘at the top of its game’ due to the ‘quality of members across all ranks from QC to newly qualified’ and the ‘extremely proactive and approachable’ clerks, who are ‘among the best’. Leading the practice management, Gary Ventura and Simon Slattery are ‘well connected and respected; they know the market well and are very good at building relationships’. Ventura is ‘a tremendous support’ and will ‘never hesitate to put himself out to help if a crisis looms’, and Slattery is ‘hugely experienced’ and ‘sets a good example’.

Leading set rankings:

Aviation - Quadrant Chambers is a ‘first-class set for aviation-related disputes’, thanks to its ‘good strength in depth’. 

Commercial Litigation - Quadrant Chambers has an excellent bench of commercial barristers, well versed in areas such as trade, commodities, shipping and more general contractual disputes. Members have been involved in several groundbreaking cases, including Enviroco v Farstad Supply that went before the Supreme Court, and Caterpillar NI v John Holt & Co.

Commodities - Quadrant Chambers is ‘an excellent set with supportive clerks, who always deliver barristers of the right expertise and price to suit clients’ needs’. Simon Rainey QC represented Bunge in its landmark Supreme Court appeal against Nidera, while Simon Croall QC acted for Glencore in a $10m claim against Total Kenya concerning contract terms for oil shipments.

Energy - Particularly recommended for the energy aspects of maritime work, Quadrant Chambers houses Lionel Persey QC, who appeared in Repsol Sinopec Energy UK v Baker Hughes. In other work, Simon Rainey QC represented Statoil in arbitration proceedings against Chevron, Petrobras and other oil major companies, pertaining to the redetermination of shares in oil field production in Nigeria.

Insurance - Quadrant Chambers is highly regarded for marine insurance matters. Guy Blackwood QC acted for the defendant in AXA Versicherung v Arab Insurance Group, while Simon Rainey QC represented a number of London hull market syndicates in the fallout litigation from Brilliante Virtuoso.

International Arbitration - Quadrant Chambers has ‘strength in depth in this area’ and a solid reputation for commodities, energy, insurance, shipping and general commercial disputes.

Shipping - Quadrant Chambers is a ‘top’ shipping and admiralty set with ‘excellent people from its senior silks down to junior barristers’. Key instructions included Court of Appeal case Yemgaz FZCO and others v Superior Pescadores, which examined the meaning of a standard term in bills of lading, and Privy Council matter Borco v Phillips 66 (Cape Bari), the leading case on contracting out of the right to tonnage limitation.

Travel Law (including jurisdictional issues) - Quadrant Chambers is ‘the go-to set for specialist aviation counsel’ with ‘great knowledge and experience’. 

A full list of the recommendations can be found here

We are also recommended in the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific guide for commercial, energy and shipping.