January Breakfast Seminars: Privilege and Redactions

Following on from the extremely popular and over-subscribed seminar on Litigaiton and Privilege which we held in December, two further breakfast seminars were held  in January which covered the same subject matter, albeit in more detail:

January 15th        Litigation Privilege and Waiver of Privilege

January 29th        Challenging Redactions & Judicial Inspection

Paul Downes QC

Paul is recognised as a formidable advocate and cross-examiner who is presently instructed in some of the hardest fought pieces of commercial and banking litigation at the bar. The directories describe him as “incredibly astute”, “a terrific cross-examiner” and “brave and dogged”. His advocacy is likewise praised as “powerful”, “phenomenal” and “fearless”. Paul is leading counsel for West Ham United in their various disputes over the London Stadium (including having appeared for them in the Court of Appeal in West Ham v E20) and is acting for Sheffield United Limited in their dispute with His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Al Saud which is listed for trial in May 2019.  Paul is also leading counsel for the Claimant in N v RBS (coming to trial at the end of January 2019), listed by The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 cases of 2019.

Before coming to the Bar, Paul worked for Barclays Bank and is an Associate of the Chartered Banker Institute. He also previously was appointed an assistant examiner for the Institute in banking law and accountancy.  He is recommended as a leading silk for banking & finance and commercial dispute resolution in Chambers & Partners UK Bar and for Banking & Finance, Commercial Litigation, Financial Services and Fraud: Civil in Legal 500.

To view Paul Downes QC full website profile, please click here.

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 and commercial pragmatism. He has a broad commercial advisory and advocacy practice spanning substantial international contractual disputes, energy and natural resources, trade and commodities, and shipping and maritime law in all its aspects, in arbitration and at all Court levels. His practice involves a steady diet of high profile and high value commercial fraud cases, typically involving heavy interlocutory stages centred around pre-emptive strike applications such as worldwide freezing injunctions and anti-suit and other injunctive relief, a recent example of which is the hard fought Gerald Metals v Timis litigation in England, Cayman and the BVI (2017-2018). He has been cited for many years as a Leading Silk in Commercial Litigation / Dispute Resolution by Chambers and Legal 500. He also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Commercial Court. "A fantastically intelligent and tactically astute barrister who is immensely erudite." (Chambers UK 2019); ‘Absolutely charming and probably the best cross-examiner I’ve ever seen.’ (Legal 500 2019).

To view Simon Rainey QC full website profile, please click here.

James M Turner QC

James M. Turner QC is a highly regarded and well-known Commercial Advocate. His broad and established practice encompasses a range of commercial contractual disputes across sectors including International & Commercial Arbitration, Energy, Shipbuilding, Off Shore Construction, Shipping and Banking. In the UK he appears frequently in the Commercial Court and the Appellate Courts (Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) and has extensive experience of Arbitration, appearing before all of the main domestic and international arbitral bodies (HKIAC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC, LMAA) as well as in ad hoc matters. Much of his work combines complex legal and factual analysis, often requiring the co-ordination of a range of expert specialisms. Reflecting the invariably international character of his practice, James has extensive experience in dealing with foreign law and multi-jurisdictional disputes and combines a friendly, down to earth approach with tenacious and well prepared presentation of his clients’ cases. James has considerable experience of applications for injunctive relief (freezers, delivery up, restraining orders and anti-suit injunctions), as well as receivership and interpleader. He is recommended as a leading silk in the major legal directories, his latest quotes include: "Tactically he’s very smart. He has strong analytical skills and a very good commitment to the cause." and “He’s good legally and also a good strategic thinker." (Chambers 2018). James has a First Class Master's Degree in German Law and speaks and reads German and Dutch fluently. He is able to (and frequently does) accept instructions in either language.

To view James M Turner QC full website profile, please click here.

John Kimbell QC

John Kimbell QC specializes in aviation, shipping law and international personal injury law. In September 2018, he was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge (sitting in both the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions). In addition to his work in the High Court, he represents a wide range of clients in commercial arbitration (LMAA, GMAA, ICC, LCIA and DIS).

John is fluent in German and accepts instructions in that language. Since 2001 he has been qualified to practice as a lawyer (‘Rechtsanwalt’) in Germany. He uses his knowledge of German and German law to provide a specialist service to German, Austrian and Swiss commercial clients involved in London court or arbitration proceedings. He recently represented AIG Europe in Woodford v AIG (Europe) [2018] EWHC 358 (QB), a directors’ and officers’ insurance coverage dispute. 

He is a co-author of Foreign Currency: Claims, Judgments and Damages (2016) Informa and a contributor to Palmer on Bailment (3rd edition). 

John is recommended in the current editions of The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, latest quotes include: "He's very smart, very pragmatic, very practical in his suggestions and in mediation and advice. He's able to get to the nub of the issue very quickly." (Chambers UK, 2019); ‘Very client friendly and has exceptional skill.’ (Legal 500 2019).

To view John Kimbell QC full website profile, please click here.

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. 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), the Commercial Court, and the appellate courts. 

Latest directory quotes include: ..."Engaging and user-friendly."... "Fabulously clever. He can be relied on to get to grips with difficult issues."...(Chambers UK, 2019); ‘Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, combined with an extremely high standard of advocacy and commercial understanding.’ (Legal 500 2019); ‘User-friendly, innovative, proactive, and the best advocate money can buy.’ (Legal 500 2019). 

To view Nevil Phillips full website profile, please click here.