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Michael McParland QC is a commercial silk with nearly 35 years trial and appellate advocacy experience in the courts and arbitral tribunals of England & Wales and overseas.
Michael is well known for his extensive trial advocacy experience in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He is especially known for his skills in cross-examining both factual and expert witnesses in complex disputes, skills he first developed in chambers with the late George Carman QC before joining Quadrant in 2000.
Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018 says that “Michael has unrivalled knowledge of international law issues and is a ferocious advocate”. “He is very good with clients, and is a very clear thinker who can think strategically”. Michael is ranked by the Legal 500 Directory (2017) as an advocate in the fields of Commercial Litigation (“Pulls no punches and gives it 100%; he is good with clients and in court”), Aviation (“A bulldozer in court that demolishes the opposition”), and Travel Law, including jurisdictional issues (“An advocate with gravitas”).
Michael is widely recognised at the Bar as an expert in cross-border disputes. He is the author of The Rome I Regulation on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations (Oxford University Press, 2015), a leading private international law textbook that is cited as authoritative by the Advocate-General in the European Court of Justice and by judges in the Commercial Court.
Michael’s expertise in private international law is based on his many years’ experience of jurisdiction and forum non conveniens challenges, choice of law disputes, anti-suit, asset-freezing and arbitration injunctions, cases involving the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, orders and arbitral awards in England and English judgments abroad, and in obtaining orders in support of foreign proceedings. Michael’s cases are often governed by, or involve detailed consideration of, foreign laws.
Matthew is a highly experienced barrister with a wide-ranging commercial practice. He appears as the front-line advocate at all levels of the senior courts, especially the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords, as well as in international commercial arbitrations (in which he also receives appointments as an arbitrator).
He has attracted recognition for his handling of larger cases requiring complex legal and factual analysis and the coordination of large teams of lawyers and experts on cases from around the world including (recently) Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Bermuda, Dubai, China, Korea, Cayman Islands, India and New Zealand. Clients include members of royal families, senior military figures, three premiership football clubs, international sportsmen and well-known business personalities in the United States and UK, aviation authorities (in the UK and abroad), insurance regulatory authorities, as well as international insurance and reinsurance companies and airlines.
Matthew combines the highest standards of advocacy (including traditional cross-examination skills) with the application of the most modern litigation-management techniques. He is consistently ranked as a ‘Leading Junior’ in the latest editions of both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 for Aviation, Shipping and International Arbitration.
Tim is consistently recommended as a leading junior by the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 legal directories where he is praised as: “the epitome of what we look for in a modern barrister; he doesn’t just sit in chambers, but gets involved in cases and sees clients with you…””He’s good at giving strong, commercial, practical and down-to-earth advice..” and “is able to guide a court through complex case law in a
very simplistic way and convey technical points that would otherwise take days at trial”. Tim is currently the only practising junior listed in Who’s Who Legal: Transport 2017 and recommended in the Insurance & Reinsurance Barristers Guide 2017.
Tim has particular expertise in insurance, travel regulation and aviation, including aviation-related finance. Prior to joining Chambers, Tim worked for a number of years at Lloyd’s, specialising in contentious insurance
and reinsurance matters, predominantly in the field of aviation. Tim’s experience includes handling excess of loss problems and direct insurance coverage issues arising out of the September 11th terrorist attacks and liability issues arising in multi-jurisdictional aviation disasters. Tim’s industry experience has given him invaluable knowledge of the workings of the London insurance market and the commercial aspects of case handling.
Tim’s practice continues to be aviation and insurance-focused, but embraces all aspects of commercial law and he appears regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in arbitration and mediation.
Tim is co-editor of Margo on Aviation Insurance (4th Edition).
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.
Tom has acted as sole and junior counsel in a wide range of aviation disputes. He is recommended as a leading aviation junior. In Chambers UK he is praised as a "lawyer with a tremendous knowledge of the aviation sector, who is user friendly and exceptionally bright". Tom has been instructed in a number of cases of significance to the aviation industry. He has also advised and acted for airlines in passenger claims brought under Regulation (EC) No 261/2004, Regulation (EC) No 1107/2006 and the Montreal Convention (particularly where the disputes raise matters of general principle), as well as issues arising under: the Air Navigation Order 2009; the Equality Act 2010; and the ATOL Regulations.