Top Ranked in Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018

Fri, 03 November, 2017

Quadrant Chambers is deligted to be top ranked in the latest edition of Chambers & Partners UK Bar. We are top ranked for Aviation, Shipping & Commodities and Travel (Regulatory & Commercial) and are ranked for commercial dispute resolution.

We have individual 65 recommendations and 46 barristers recommended across aviation, commercial dispute resolution, energy & natural resources, information technology, insurance & reinsurance, international arbitration, shipping & commodities and travel. 

Aviation -  Highly distinguished chambers offering a top-tier aviation service with particular depth at junior level. The set is widely regarded as the market leader for high-profile insurance and reinsurance disputes, and routinely handles cases ranging from damaged aircraft to serious injury and fatality claims, as well as allegations of unlawful discrimination. Members act for both claimants and defendants, frequently tackling pioneering points of law in the process. Chambers is also equipped with a wealth of expertise in commercial and financial matters, and has a client base including top airlines and many of the pre-eminent law firms in the market. Two of the set's barristers recently acted in a serious fatality case involving a helicopter which crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo with 11 passengers aboard. The case introduced novel questions as to the legal responsibility of banks and mining companies to assess the safety record of external transport suppliers.

Client service: "The clerking is highly efficient." "The clerks are very easy to get hold of, always call back and do their best to get things sorted." The clerking is jointly led by Gary Ventura and Simon Slattery.

Commercial Dispute Resolution - Barristers from Quadrant Chambers are regulars in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, and Technology and Construction Court among others, and are particularly proficient at tackling international disputes including conflicts of law cases. The set receives instruction from leading commercial law firms, and is particularly noted for its shipping and energy practices. Notable recent work includes Caterpillar NI v John Holt & Co, the leading case on Retention of Title clauses and Sale of Goods. Peers remark that “the set has a good range of work, is well balanced and has people who do the job very well.”

Client service: “They're very easy to deal with, and they understand the client's and the solicitor's needs well.” “The clerks are responsive and commercial when it comes to bills and cost estimates.” Simon Slattery and Gary Ventura are the senior clerks.

Shipping & Commodities - This well-known shipping set has its roots in admiralty law and as such demonstrates masterful expertise in both wet and dry shipping disputes. It has excellent bench strength in the form of both silks and juniors, whom clients describe as "exceptional in their own right" and "willing to listen to solicitors' needs." Arbitration and mediation services are offered in addition to skilled courtroom advocacy. Many members are multilingual, which aids their participation in international cases. Several of them recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in Yemgas FZCO & Others v Superior Pescadores, which hinged upon the meaning of the clause paramount in bills of lading.

Client service: "The clerks are friendly and efficient but also realistic about availability. Quadrant as a whole has a commercial attitude." Sarah Longden is the business development director. Gary Ventura and Simon Slattery head up the clerking team.

Travel (International Personal Injury) - Solid travel law set that is well known for its expertise across aviation, regulatory and commercial matters. The chambers is frequently instructed by major airlines and tour operators in cases concerning flight delay disputes, package travel regulations and personal injury claims. It is noted for its "good reputation and undoubted force" in the field. It is also well versed in handling group litigation cases, often arising from package holidays.

Client service: Senior clerk Gary Ventura heads the team and, according to interviewees, "is very approachable." The team are said "to understand the commercial pressures" and are "highly efficient."

Quadrant Chambers is renowned for the breadth of its expertise, and has a deep bench of barristers who are at the forefront of regulatory travel matters. Barristers here regularly handle complex claims that take into account legal issues in multiple jurisdictions. They have experience of representing international airlines and tour operators, and possess expertise in aviation, personal injury and travel insurance cases. Recent highlights for the set include handling a test case involving 'missed connections' as well as Nolan & 42 others v TUI UK, a claim by passengers arising from an outbreak of gastroenteritis on a cruise.

Client service: "The clerking is great." Gary Ventura leads the clerking team, which is considered "really responsive and helpful."

A full list of the rankings can be found here