Quadrant Chambers shortlisted three times at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2019

Thu, 05 September, 2019

Quadrant Chambers is very pleased to be shortlisted three times at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2019. We have been nominated for:

  • Shipping Set of the Year
  • Shipping Silk of the Year - John Russell QC
  • Shipping Junior of the Year - Benjamin Coffer

Best of luck to all of those nominated. The Awards take place on 31 October at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel. 


John Russell QC

John is an experienced and determined advocate and has acted as lead Counsel in numerous Commercial Court trials, international and marine arbitrations and appellate cases, including in the Supreme Court. He relishes both detailed legal argument and cross-examination of lay and expert witnesses. He will always ensure that a client's case is presented in the most persuasive manner possible, both in writing and orally. John provides advice to a wide range of clients. He combines first rate technical legal analysis with a pragmatic, commercial, problem solving approach to cases. John accepts instructions in many fields of commercial dispute resolution with a particular focus on shipping, commodities, international trade and marine insurance.

"Very easy to work with and a very good litigator." ..."An excellent advocate whose assessment of cases is invaluable." (Chambers UK, 2019)
"He’s incredibly impressive, and is someone who always comes up with points that are insightful. He’s incredibly impressive, excellent on his feet and a joy to work with." (Chambers UK, 2018)
"...Particularly highly rated, he has a sharp mind and provides clear advice...." (Legal 500, 2017)

To view John's website profile, please click here.

Benjamin Coffer

Ben's broad international commercial practice has a particular emphasis on commodities, insurance / reinsurance and shipping. He undertakes the full spectrum of shipping work, including every species of charterparty and bill of lading claim, as well as shipbuilding and ship finance disputes. He has developed a particular specialisim in cases involving carriage of goods under the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules, and has appeared in several of the leading cases on such claims in recent years.  

His significant recent cases include: The Aqasia [2018] EWCA Civ 276, settling a 90-year dispute as to whether Article IV.5 applies to bulk cargoes; Al Khattiya c/w Jag Laadki [2018] EWHC 389 (Admlty), which concerns the significance of the place of a collision in a forum non conveniens application; The Maersk Tangier [2018] EWCA Civ 778, the leading English case on package limitation for containerised cargoes under the Hague-Visby Rules; Volcafe v. CSAV [2017] QB 915, addressing the inherent vice defence and the burden of proof in cargo claims; The Lady M [2017] EWHC 3348 (Comm), the first modern decision on the meaning of 'barratry' and its effect on the defences availabe under the Hague Rules; and, The Sea Miror [2015] 2 Lloyd's Rep 395, the first case to consider the meaning of a term that cargo is to be loaded and discharged "at the expense and risk of Shippers/Charterers" .

Ben is described by the directories as “a standout shipping and commodities junior" (Chambers & Partners, 2018), "a rising star" (Legal 500, 2019) and "He is truly the standout rising star for shipping and trading disputes work." (Chambers & Partners, 2019). He is also recognised as a leading junior in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide.

To view Ben's website profile, please click here.