Quadrant Chambers Annual Piraeus Shipping Law Seminar 2019

The Quadrant Chambers Shipping Law Seminar is now in its sixth year. The seminar will comprise of two sessions of topical presentations on current legal issues facing the shipping market.


  • New Rules for establishing Limitation Funds in the London Admiralty Court - John Kimbell QC
  • The implications of the decision of the Supreme Court in The Renos on the test for determining whether or not a vessel is a constructive total loss under a H&M policy - Chirag Karia QC
  • “No bill? I’ll have an LOI please” - Poonam Melwani QC
  • Cargo claims post the Supreme Court decision - Volcafe v CSAV [2018] UKSC61 - William Mitchell
  • Classic Maritime Inc v Limbungan Makmur SDN BHD [2019] EWCA Civ 1102 - a new hurdle when invoking force majeure and exception clauses - Andrew Leung
  • Unseaworthiness and passage planning and the decision in Alize 1954 v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG (The CMA CGM LIBRA) [2019] EWHC 481 - Nigel Cooper QC

Venue: Piraeus Marine Club, Akti Miaouli 51, 185 36 Piraeus

Time: 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Nigel Cooper QC

Nigel has a commercial practice predominantly covering the fields of shipping, energy and insurance/reinsurance law. He appears before the business and appellate courts in England & Wales,and has a strong arbitration practice advising on and acting in disputes before all the main international and domestic arbitral bodies. 

Nigel’s commercial practice covers most aspects of international trade and the carriage of goods, commodities,  brokerage and commercial management disputes, fraud & illegality, and professional negligence. ; His shipping practice includes all forms of bill of lading and charterparty disputes; shipbuilding (including superyachts and military vessels) and off-shore construction; ship sale and purchase; limitation and collision actions, pollution and, occasionally, Merchant Shipping Act offences. In addition to his commercial shipping practice, Nigel has a specialist interest in disputes in the yachting and marine leisure market. In the energy sector, Nigel’s work covers both upstream and downstream aspects of the industry. He has advised on and acted in disputes relating to drilling and exploration, to production and to the sale and purchase of energy products as well as on related issues such as the enforcement of related guarantees and the insurance of drilling units. Nigel’s insurance & reinsurance practice extends to policy disputes in both the non-marine and marine sectors. In all areas of his practice, Nigel is experienced in dealing with related jurisdictional and enforcement issues, including early measures to ensure the preservation of assets. 

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Poonam Melwani QC

Poonam Melwani QC is a commercial silk who practises across the full spectrum of commercial, insurance, energy and shipping law, providing advisory and advocacy services. Praised as "...always in demand, she is as good on her feet as she is adept at mastering complex legal, factual and expert material...." (Chambers UK) Poonam has been ranked as a 'Leading Silk' over many years by the Legal Directories. She represents clients in a wide variety of jurisdictions and arbitral regimes including ICC, LCIA, LMAA and ad hoc, as well as English High Court Litigation, mainly in the Commercial Court and the Appellate Courts. "Pragmatic, clear-sighted and very user-friendly." "Very much dedicated to the case and a pleasure to work with." (Chambers UK, 2019)

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Chirag Karia QC

Chirag Karia QC has a broad commercial, shipping, insurance and international trade practice. He is instructed on high level and important shipping and commodities cases, usually multi-jurisdictional and vigorously fought. Over the past few years he has acted on: Unipec v BP & others, a complex series of inter-related Commercial Court actions and LCIA arbitrations claiming over US$80 million in damages from multi-national oil companies as a result of the sale of salt-contaminated crude oil;  The Ratna Suradha, a multi-party dispute, involving the sovereign states of Sudan and South Sudan as parties as to title to a US$60 million cargo of oil; Great Elephant Corp. v. Trafigura Beheer BV (“The Crudesky”), a five party “chain” dispute in which Chirag’s clients succeeded in the Commercial Court and then secured a substantially increased recovery from the Court of Appeal; and The Yusuf Cepnioglu, in which Chirag secured anti-suit injunctions against actions brought against his P&I Club client by third parties under Turkey’s right of direct action against liability insurers. "A leading legal mind, he always seems to take the right points and is an excellent counsel for complex and high-pressure disputes." (Legal 500, 2020)

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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). His shipping work encompasses both ‘wet’ collision and other Admiralty Court matters and ‘dry’ bill of lading and charterparty disputes. He regularly appears in the Commercial and Admiralty Court as well as in maritime (LMAA) arbitrations in London and in Hamburg (GMAA).  He is the joint editor of Admiralty Jurisdiction & Practice (2017), and has recently taken over joint editorship of Marsden on Collisions at Sea.  He is chair of the Admiralty Bar Group www.admiraltybar.org.  "Solution-orientated and able to identify risks across different jurisdictions, he gets the best result for the client quickly. He's excellent with clients and measured and considered in his advice." (Chambers UK, 2020)

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Peter Stevenson

Peter has a broad commercial practice with a particular emphasis on shipping, marine insurance, private international law, insolvency law and commercial injunctions. Peter is recommended as a leading junior in The Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners UK in which he is variously described as ‘A strong advocate in court and arbitration hearings.", "Approachable and commercial."’ and ‘savvy, quick and sharp’. Peter regularly appears in the High Court and has been led in a number of significant appellate cases both in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court including The Alexandros T  [2014] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 223, Star Reefers v JFC [2012] 1 C.L.C. 294 and The Cendor Mopu [2011] UKSC 5.

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Andrew Leung

Andrew Leung has a broad commercial practice which encompasses commercial dispute resolution, international arbitrations, shipping, commodities, insurance and reinsurance, and banking and financial services. Andrew’s notable recent experience includes a 5-week arbitration 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 and cross-appeal from the latter decision was heard by the Court of Appeal in June 2019: [2019] EWCA Civ 1102. He is recommended in the Legal 500 UK and Asia Pacific editions as a leading barrister for shipping. Latest comments include: "He is an incredibly sharp junior advocate with an enormous capacity for hard work and the ability to consistently deliver under pressure."; "A future star of the English commercial Bar".

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William Mitchell

Will has a broad and growing practice spanning all areas of Chambers’ work. Shipping is one of Will’s core practice areas, and he has been instructed on a wide range of bill of lading and charterparty disputes as well as matters concerning general average, arrest, collision and salvage. He appears regularly as sole counsel in the County Court and High Court on a wide range of matters as well as in arbitrations under LMAA and ICC rules. He recently appeared in the High Court (as sole counsel, against leading counsel) for the defendant airline in relation to applications concerning an anonymous witness. He is also regularly instructed as a junior alongside other members of Chambers on complex matters. 

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