Hague and Hague Visby Rules - Junior Breakfast Workshop

The juniors at Quadrant Chambers are hosting the first in a series of Breakfast Workshops aimed at supporting junior lawyers and colleagues in the shipping sector. 

This first workshop will take place on Tuesday 30 October and will look at issues arising under the Hague / Hague Visby Rules.

The workshop will open with three short topical and practical talks. They will be followed by an interactive discussion during which the panel answer questions from the audience.

If you would prefer to send questions in advance, please send to marketing@quadrantchambers.com

Our panel will be chaired by Saira Paruk and will include speakers Nevil Phillips, David Semark and Ben Gardner.


If I Could Save Time In A Bottle ...”* - Recent Time-Bar Issues Under The Hague Rules - Nevil Phillips * Jim Croce, 1973

Squaring the Circle? The burden of proof and the carrier’s inherent vice defence under Article IV Rule 2 (m). - David Semark examines the position ahead of the Supreme Court’s upcoming judgment on this point in Volcafe v. CSAV.

Having your Hague and Visbying it: when the Hague Rules mean the Hague Visby Rules Ben Gardner takes a look at when the Court interprets references to the Hague Rules as including the Hague Visby Rules and why this matters, with a focus on the implications of The Superior Pescadores in cargo disputes and some practical examples.

We do hope you will be able to join us.

Saira Paruk

Saira practises in all of Chambers’ key areas of work as both sole counsel and as a junior.

Saira regularly appears in the Commercial Court and in arbitrations in a wide range of commercial disputes including shipping, carriage of goods, shipbuilding, insurance and reinsurance, and private international law.  She also has extensive experience of interlocutory matters of all kinds including jurisdictional challenges, freezing orders and injunctions.

Saira’s recent reported cases include Polaris Shipping Co Ltd v Sinoriches Enterprises Co Ltd (The "Ocean Virgo") [2015] EWHC 3405 (Comm) successfully appealling an arbitration award, Carlos Soto SAU v AP Moller-Maersk A/S (The SFL Hawk) [2015] EWHC 458 (Comm) as sole counsel in a Commercial Court trial, Crowther & Another v Rayment & Another [2015] EWHC 427 (Ch) as sole counsel successfully resisting the appointment of an arbitrator.

Saira has undertaken secondments in the shipping departments of leading London law firms and at a Lloyd’s of London Syndicate.

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Nevil Phillips

Nevil Phillips is among the most highly-regarded advocates at the Commercial Bar. He has consistently been listed for many years as a first-ranked Leading Junior in Shipping, Commodities, and Trade & Customs by The Legal 500, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers UK, Chambers Global, Who's Who Legal, and Best Lawyers where he has been variously cited as:

“Absolutely top-notch”

“User-friendly, innovative, proactive, and the best advocate money can buy.”

 "Excellent. Extremely approachable and very bright"

Nevil was the winner of the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Award for Shipping Junior of the Year 2017, was shortlisted for that award in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Legal 500 award for the Leading Shipping Junior of 2017, and was Acquisition International's "Best Shipping Barrister – UK" in their 2015 Legal Awards.

Nevil's practice envelops all aspects of commercial and shipping advisory and advocacy work, encompassing the broadest spectrum of contractual, international trade, commodities, shipping, maritime, energy, insurance, reinsurance, banking, and jurisdictional disputes and associated areas and remedies. He appears regularly in commercial arbitration (both domestic and international, with experience before a wide variety of arbitral institutions, bodies and trade associations, including LMAA, GMAA, LCIA, ICC and associated bodies), the Commercial Court, and the appellate courts.

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David Semark

David ‘Produces excellent work and represents exceptional value for an experienced litigator.’ (Legal 500 2015). A former army officer David also 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 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.

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.

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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Ben Gardner

Ben practises primarily in shipping, commodities and international trade, energy, insurance and conflict of laws, within a broad commercial practice.  He is a nominee for 'Shipping Junior of the Year' at the 2018 Chambers Bar Awards and he is consistently ranked as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for his shipping and commodities work, where he is described as "Very clever and a very good advocate", "An excellent barrister, who is precise, commercial and practical in his focus and forceful and effective in his arguments", "very impressive", "A super-bright guy who is very accessible and easy to work with", "a great junior counsel and very user-friendly" and "mature beyond his years".
Ben often appears in Court at all levels, both as sole counsel and as part of a counsel team.

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