Junior Shipping Breakfast Workshop: Time Charterparties: From Beginning to End

We are holding the next in our series of shipping breakfast workshops on the morning of 2 July. The series is aimed at junior (under partner level) practitioners in the shipping market. 

At this workshop we will be looking at "Time Charterparties: from beginning to end". Paul Toms will chair our panel which includes Caroline Pounds, Andrew Leung and Koye Akoni. 

They will consider the following:

  • Contract or No Contract? “subject to details” / “sub review” clauses - Caroline Pounds
  • The Sins of the Delegate: when charterers bear the consequences of the acts of third parties to the charterparty - Koye Akoni
  • To withdraw or not to withdraw? looking at the right of withdrawal for non-payment of hire - Andrew Leung


Paul Toms

Paul is a highly experienced barrister practising across a wide range of commercial disputes with a particular focus on international trade, shipping, shipbuilding and commodities.  He is described as "Extremely experienced. He knows shipping back to front and is very approachable and easy to deal with. He is extremely good on paper, very good on his feet and very good with clients in conference too" by Chambers UK 2019.

He appears regularly in the High Court and in domestic and international arbitrations.  He also has twice appeared in the Court of Appeal as sole counsel in addition to a number of other appearances alongside a leader and, in 2017, appeared in the Supreme Court in The Longchamp [2017] UKSC 68.

He is recommended in the field of Commodities and Shipping by the Legal 500 and Shipping and Commodities by Chambers UK.  His significant experience of working in the Asian Pacific market is reflected by his recommendation for Shipping work by the Legal 500 in its Asia Pacific rankings.

To view Paul Toms full website profile, please click here.

Caroline Pounds

Recommended in the field of Shipping & Commodities in Chambers & Partners for the last eight years, as an "outstanding junior" who "punches above her weight in shipping matters.  She knows the law and delivers very high-quality work, first time, on time, every time". Caroline was awarded ‘Shipping Junior of the Year' at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015 and was shortlisted for Shipping Junior of the Year for the Legal 500 UK Awards 2019. She was also recognised as one of Legal Week's 'Stars at the Bar' in 2013 ("Her attention to detail and analysis are first class and advocacy skills are excellent") and is further praised by Chambers UK for being "Hard-working, thorough and user-friendly."; "Bright." and "tough as nails, very bright and very succinct"..

Caroline’s practice encompasses the broad range of general commercial litigation and arbitration.  Her particular areas of specialism include shipping, carriage of goods, shipbuilding, energy and commodities.  She undertakes drafting and advisory work in all areas of her practice and regularly appears in the Commercial Court and in arbitration, both as sole counsel and as junior. She is a sought after junior and enjoys a significant amount of led work. 

To view Caroline Pounds full website profile, please click here.

Andrew Leung

Andrew has a broad commercial practice which encompasses commercial dispute resolution, international arbitrations, shipping, commodities, energy, insurance and reinsurance, and banking and financial services.

Andrew regularly appears both as sole and junior counsel in the High Court (including the Commercial Court, the London Mercantile Court, Queen’s Bench Division and the Chancery Division) as well as arbitrations.

Andrew’s notable recent experience includes a 5-week arbitration in 2018 involving a dispute under a contract for the construction of a deep sea drill ship giving rise to issues as to deliverability, contractual termination and whether the buyer was responsible for delaying the project (with Duncan Matthews QC and Christopher Smith), and Classic Maritime v Limbungan [2018] EWHC 2389 (Comm), a 2-week Commercial Court trial in which Andrew (led by Simon Rainey QC) acted for the charterers under a long-term contract of affreightment who claimed the Samarco dam collapse in Brazil in 2015 was a force majeure event excusing their subsequent non-performance. An appeal is due to be heard by the Court of Appeal in June 2019.

To view Andrew Leung full website profile, please click here.

Koye Akoni

Koye has an international commercial practice which encompasses shipping, international trade, energy, insurance, and aviation. He also has a particular interest in issues engaging equitable principles and unjust enrichment. He regularly appears in the High Court and has also appeared in the Court of Appeal and Privy Council. He has also appeared in the Belgrade Special Court as a representative of the Cypriot holding company of Miroslav Miskovic in ongoing criminal proceedings against Mr Miskovic and others. 

Koye’s shipping work encompasses all types of charterparty and bill of lading disputes, complex and valuable shipbuilding and ship purchase disputes and advising on, and acting in, wet shipping cases. Highlights include ST Shipping and Transport Pte Ltd v Space Shipping Ltd [2016] EWHC 880 (Comm) with Simon Croall QC and [2017] EWHC 2808 (Comm); Regulus Ship Services Pte Ltd v Lundin Services BV [2016] EWHC 2674 (Comm) with Yash Kulkarni QC, The Atlantik Confidence [2016] EWHC 2412 (Admiralty) with Robert Thomas QC and Thomas Macey-Dare QC. 

Prior to joining Quadrant Chambers, Koye worked in the litigation team (EMENA) of an energy multinational between 2012 and 2014. During that time, he advised on various matters including historical misallocation of processed oil and gas under a Production Sharing Agreement, interpretation of gas price review clauses in long- term gas supply agreements, and the purchase of assets in the administration of a joint venture partner. He also worked on several multi-million-dollar arbitrations.

Koye also worked at the Court of Appeal before joining Chambers, serving as the Judicial Assistant to the then Chancellor, Sir Terence Etherton, for two terms. He was also a Visiting Tutor at King’s College London where he taught Contract Law, and the Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies.

Koye is recommended in the Legal 500 - He is a rising star; a good public speaker and very personable with clients.’ (Legal 500 2019)

To view Koye Akoni full website profile, please click here.