Simon Rainey QC and Simon Croall QC Feature in Lloyd’s List Top 10 Maritime Lawyers 2017

Thu, 14 December, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Simon Rainey QC and Simon Croall QC have been featured in the Lloyd's List Top 10 Maritime Lawyers of 2017. The top 10 maritime lawyers is one section of their feature on 2017's Top 100 most influential people in shipping.

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Simon Rainey QC


Simon Croall 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 is frequently appointed as arbitrator (LCIA, ICC, LMAA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc, sitting both sole and as co-arbitrator) and has given expert evidence of English law to courts in several countries. He also sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court and as a Deputy High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench and Commercial Court).

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/or Legal 500. He is also recognised as one of the Top 10 Maritime Lawyers of 2017 by Lloyds List.

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Simon Croall is an established commercial silk who has appeared in every court (including twice in the last 12 months in the Supreme Court). He is a sought after trial advocate as well as being respected in the appellate courts. In recent years much of his work has been in the context of International Arbitrations.

He led the team for Owners in landmark House of Lords case on remoteness in contract damages Transfield Shipping v Mercator Shipping ("The Achilleas") [2009] 1 AC 61. Recent reported highlights include another important case on damages Fulton Shipping v Globalia (The New Flamenco) in both the Court of Appeal [2015] EWCA 1299 and below [2014] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 230, Essar Shipping v Bank of China [2015] EWHC 3266 on factors relevant to the grant of anti suit injunctions, AET Inc v Arcadia Petroluem (“The Eagle Valencia”) [2010] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 257 (Court of Appeal), Mediterranean Salvage v Seamar [2009] 2 Lloyd's Rep. 639/ [2009] 2 All ER 1127 (Court of Appeal) on implied terms and Dalwood Marine v Nordana Lines (“The Elbrus”) [2010] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 315.

Simon is particularly well known for his experience in the following fields: dry shipping and commodities, commercial litigation, International Arbitration, energy,  insurance and Information Technology (see for example De Beers v Atos Origin [2011] BLR 274, a claim arising out of a large scale IT project). 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 in International Arbitration (both Commercial and Shipping) the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guides.

He is also a recommended leader in 2016 for Shipping and Commodities (Legal 500 and Chambers UK), Commercial Litigation (Legal 500), Energy (Legal 500) and Information Technology (Legal 500 and Chambers UK).  He was also ranked amongst the top 6 most highly regarded silks in International Trade and Commodities by Whos Who Legal UK Bar 2016.

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