Shortlisted for nine awards at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020

Wed, 27 November, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Quadrant Chambers has been shortlisted for both International Arbitration and Shipping Set of the Year for the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020. In addition, Simon Croall QC, Simon Rainey QC, John Russell QC, Stewart Buckingham, David Semark and Benjamin Coffer have each received individual nominations:

International Arbitration Set of the Year
Shipping Set of the Year
Simon Croall QC - Shipping Silk of the Year
Simon Rainey QC – International Arbitration Silk of the Year and Shipping Silk of the Year
John Russell QC - Shipping Silk of the Year
Stewart Buckingham - Shipping Junior of the Year
David Semark - Shipping Junior of the Year
Benjamin Coffer - Shipping Junior of the Year

A list of all the nominations can be viewed here

Simon Croall QC

Simon Croall QC is Head of Quadrant Chambers. He is an established commercial silk who has appeared in every court (including two recent appearances in the Supreme Court). He is a sought after trial advocate as well as being respected in the appellate courts. He is particularly well known for his experience in the following fields: dry shipping and commodities, commercial litigation, International Arbitration, energy, insurance and Information Technology

He also has a global practice with a depth of experience working with Chinese and south east Asian clients. This was recognised by his ranking as a leader in International Arbitration by Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 and Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guides. Simon was named one of the top 10 maritime lawyers of 2017 by Lloyd's List. Simon was nominated for Shipping Silk of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2018 and named Shipping Silk of the Year at the Legal 500 UK awards 2019.

Simon is recommended as a leading silk Shipping and Commodities (Legal 500 UK and Asia Pacific, Chambers UK, Asia Pacific and Global editions), Energy (Legal 500 UK) and Information Technology (Chambers UK). Recent praise includes: "Really attuned to the client, very clear in his thinking and very sympathetic to the client's cause. He brings clarity and a sense of humour, which makes him delightful to work with" (Chambers UK, 2020) and "A very smooth, calm and considered advocate with a masterful grip on the issues." (Legal 500, 2020)

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Simon Rainey QC

Simon Rainey QC is one of the best-known and most highly regarded practitioners at the Commercial Bar with a high reputation for his intellect, advocacy skills, commercial pragmatism and commitment to client care. He has established a broad commercial advisory and advocacy practice spanning substantial commercial contractual disputes, international trade and commodities, shipping and maritime law in all its aspects, energy and natural resources and insurance and reinsurance. He appears in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal and also the Supreme Court. He has extensive experience of arbitration, regularly appearing before all of the main domestic and international arbitral bodies and trade associations. He particularly relishes complicated legal disputes and also cross-examination, especially in cases involving heavy expert evidence, of both technical disciplines and foreign law. He is well-known as a cheerful and easy to work with team player who rolls his sleeves up in long and complex trials and arbitrations.

He has been cited for many years as a Leading Silk in the areas of Shipping, Commodities, Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, Energy and Natural Resources, and Insurance and Reinsurance by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. He also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Commercial Court. "He has it all under complete control, and he reads the court, his opponents and the direction of the case perfectly" (Chambers UK, 2020); "Truly a super silk - devastatingly sharp and exceptional on his feet." (Legal 500, 2020).

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John Russell QC

John is an experienced and determined commercial 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 has also appeared as counsel in inquests and public enquiries.

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, marine insurance, aviation and travel.

He is ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners in Shipping, Commodities, Aviation and Travel and was also shortlisted for Shipping Silk of the Year for the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2019

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Stewart Buckingham

Stewart is a commercial barrister, specialising in commercial law, mainly focussing on commercial litigation and international arbitration. He has extensive trial, interlocutory and arbitration experience, and also undertakes advisory work and drafting. His takes a commercially driven approach tailored to the practical needs of his clients, and aims to deliver excellence in the services he provides. He is particularly adept at dealing with complex technical disputes.

Stewart is shortlisted for Shipping Junior of the Year for the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020. He has been consistently ranked as a 'Leading Junior' in both the leading directories for several years. Comments have included:"praised for his approachability and user-friendliness, and is further admired for his advocacy skills"; "a delight to work with"; "easily understandable advice and commercially minded, down-to-earth style" (Chambers UK).

"very able, easy to work with and delivers excellent advice"; "previously rare salvage experience"; "highly regarded" (The Legal 500).

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David Semark

David ‘Produces excellent work and represents exceptional value for an experienced litigator.’ (Legal 500 2015). David previously trained in the Shipping Department of one of South Africa's leading maritime and international trade firms, before joining and later becoming a partner at what is now known as Reed Smith. He retrained as a barrister and became a member of Quadrant in 2010.

David specialises in commercial law, with a particular emphasis on shipping and maritime law (especially dry shipping disputes), international trade and commodities, jurisdictional disputes and insurance. Although his practice is primarily as an advocate, he is also an LCIA arbitrator.

David was in the Supreme Court with Simon Rainey QC in October 2018 on the issues as to the burden of proof under the Hague / Hague-Visby Rules raised on the appeal in Volcafe Ltd v Compania Sud Americana de Vapores SA [2016] EWCA Civ 1103.

He is the co-author of P&I Clubs: Law and Practice (2010, 4th ed.) and Maritime Letters of Indemnity (2014, 1st ed.)

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Benjamin Coffer

Ben was named Shipping Junior of the Year 2019 at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards and is described by the directories as "very calm and professional in his assessment, which conveys confidence and gravitas beyond his call." (Chambers UK, 2020); "has the ability to simplify the trickiest of legal problems in a way that is readily understandable" and "a rising star" (Legal 500, 2019). He is also recognised as a leading junior in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide. Ben 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.

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