Junior Breakfast Workshop: Challenges to Arbitration Awards

On the morning of the 13 March, we will be holding the next in our series of Breakfast Workshops aimed at junior practitioners.

This workshop will look at challenging arbitration awards. Junior specialists from Quadrant will analyse the procedural and substantive requirements of applications under sections 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 and discuss related applications. The workshop will consider recent authorities in the field and provide practical tips and suggestions.

The programme for the event will be as follows:

8am - Registration and Breakfast
8.30am - Workshop
9.30am - Questions
9.45am - Close

For any assistance please email marketing@quadrantchambers.com

Paul Toms

Paul is a highly experienced barrister practising across a wide range of commercial disputes.  He is described as "A delight to work with. He is approachable, astute and commercially minded" by Chambers UK 2018.

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.

Paul has particular expertise in shipping and maritime law in all its aspects, commodities, shipbuilding, energy and insurance disputes.  He also has significant experience of procedural issues commonly arising in commercial litigation, including seeking and resisting injunctive relief (e.g. freezing, anti-suit and asset disclosure orders) and jurisdictional challenges (both in Court and arbitration).

He is recommended in the field of International Trade and Commodities by Who's Who Legal: UK Bar, 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.

David Semark

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

To view David Semark full website profile, please click here.

Saira Paruk

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

  • “CAPE BONNY” Tankschiffahrts Gmbh & Co KG v Ping An Property and Casualty Insurance Company of China [2017] EWHC 3036 (Comm)
  • Clearlake Shipping Ptd Ltd v Privocean Shipping Ltd [2018] EWHC 2460 (Comm) led by David Goldstone QC
  • Rosgosstrakh Limited v. (1) Yapi Kredi Finansal Kiralama AO and (2) Mehtap Denizcilik (MV Medy) [2017] EWHC 3377 (Comm)
  • 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.
  • Navigators Insurance company V Alkahtani Jlawi Mohammed & Another [2015] EWHC 1137 (Comm) as sole counsel in a jurisdiction challenge.

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

Shipping work forms the core of Saira’s practice. She has experience of the full range of disputes arising out of charterparties, bills of lading, contracts of affreightment and the like. She regularly advises in relation to and acts in cargo damage and misdelivery claims. Additionally to this, Saira has also successfully brought an unsafe port/berth claim in arbitration as sole counsel and has recently been instructed in a large shipbuilding arbitration.

In respect of charterparty disputes, Saira’s experience includes off-hire disputes, demurrage, dangerous cargo, unsafe ports and speed and consumption disputes. Saira is regularly instructed in international sales disputes and is familiar with all forms of standard international sale contracts (CIF, FOB etc).
Saira has considerable experience of general average disputes and arrests. She is currently solely instructed in various admiralty claims in rem and limitation claims.

To view Saira Paruk full website profile, please click here.

Tom Bird

Tom Bird has a broad commercial practice with a focus on shipping, commodities, aviation, insurance and reinsurance. Chambers UK recommends him as “a rising star ... He's responsive, accessible, bright, tenacious, and user-friendly."

Tom has represented clients in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He is equally at home in arbitration. His significant cases include appeals to the Supreme Court in The DC Merwestone – a marine insurance dispute concerning the fraudulent device doctrine – and Stott v Thomas Cook, the leading case on the exclusivity of the Montreal Convention and its relation to EU law.

To view Tom Bird full website profile, please click here.