Quadrant Spring Shipping Seminar:  Taking Sulphur out of the System:  Regulatory, Technical and Legal Issues

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At the 2019 Quadrant Chambers Spring Shipping Seminar, our panel considered the hot topic of regulatory, technical and legal issues precipitated by the IMO Marpol Annex VI regulation on limiting sulphur content of bunker fuel, due to come into force on 1 January 2020.  

The panel looked at the following:

  • Regulatory changes – where are we now, where we are going and what is happening in other jurisdictions?
  • Technical Challenges and Solutions – here we look at scrubbers, space and energy demands, alternative fuels, dual fuel engines and bunker availability
  • Legal issues arising under time charterparties

Nichola Warrender chaired the panel which included LOC’s Nick Chell and Quadrant’s James M Turner QC and Thomas Macey-Dare QC.


Nichola Warrender

Nichola is an experienced junior who enjoys a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice with particular emphasis on shipping, carriage of goods, commodities, shipbuilding, energy and construction and related insurance and finance disputes.

Nichola undertakes drafting and advisory work in all of her practice areas.  She regularly appears as an advocate in the High Court and in arbitration, as sole counsel and as a junior.  She has a good balance between led and non-led work and is frequently recommended as a junior by those with whom she has previously worked.

Nichola is a meticulous and persuasive advocate with a wide range of experience within her fields of specialism and in more general commercial disputes.  Many of her cases involve issues of jurisdiction, private international law or require careful analysis of complex factual, expert and technical or legal issues.  She has experience in various forms of pre-emptive remedies such as freezing orders, anti-suit injunctive and other pre-action relief and has obtained or resisted most forms of pre-trial applications.

Nichola adopts a modern, efficient and user-friendly approach to her work. She is a team player who works well with others to efficiently manage and prepare a case for trial/arbitration. Nichola believes in combining a good command of the issues and commercial understanding of her clients’ needs with sound intellectual legal analysis and practical advice.  She aims to deliver thorough, well-prepared and effective presentation of the case both on paper and in person to achieve the best results for her clients. 

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Nick Chell

Nick joined LOC in 1999. He has many years’ seagoing experience with slow and medium speed diesel engines, and has served in all ranks including 5 years as Chief Engineer.

He has worked on a wide variety of vessel types including bulk carriers, Ro-Ros, general cargo and reefer container ships.

Nick has wide-ranging experience of casualties and disputes, including bunker disputes, Charterparty disputes involving issues of seaworthiness, surveys and investigations of main and auxiliary machinery, turbo chargers, deck cranes, steering gear, propeller damage and electrical equipment. He has conducted damage surveys following fire, flooding, collision and grounding.

Nick has attended as expert witness at a number of arbitrations and in court, in the UK and overseas and has been involved in numerous notable cases such as “NAPOLI”, “UNION POWER”, “OCEAN VICTORY”“BRILLANTE VIRTUOSO” and“ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE”.

With Lloyd’s Register of Shipping he was Senior Surveyor in the Technical Investigation Department involved in investigation of marine/industrial machinery failures and preparation of technical reports and was Senior Surveyor in Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS), involved in routine analysis of marine fuels and lubricants and related technical investigations.

Nick is an Aspiring Full Member of the LMAA and has received numerous appointments as arbitrator.

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James M Turner QC

James M. Turner QC is a well-known and highly regarded shipping and commercial silk, whose adaptable skillset sees him acting in a wide range of disputes including shipbuilding, charterparty, carriage and collision.

Many of his cases require the co-ordination of a range of expert specialisms, ideally suited to James’s down to earth approach, team-building skills and highly-regarded technical knowledge. Reflecting the invariably international character of his practice, James has extensive experience in dealing with foreign law and multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has a particular eye for appreciating and addressing cultural barriers in international arbitration.

James has given written expert evidence of English law in the Courts of Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria.

He is regularly appointed arbitrator, particularly in shipping disputes, and has extensive experience of mediation, both as mediator and as counsel.

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Thomas Macey-Dare QC

Tom is a leading commercial barrister specialising in shipping, shipbuilding, energy, international trade, insurance and international arbitration.  He is recognised as a leading practitioner by the Legal 500 UK / Asia Pacific in International Arbitration and Shipping, and by Chambers UK / Global in Shipping & Commodities. 

In the directories, Tom has been described as "fantastic", "spectacular", "extremely hard-working and clever", "quick on his feet", "brave", "intuitive", "incredibly practical" and "completely unflappable"; and he has won praise for his "spot-on" understanding of the law, his "exceptionally good" command of technical issues, and his "highly persuasive and very effective" advocacy.

Tom represents shipowners, commodity traders, shipyards, underwriters, salvors, oil companies, banks and other commercial clients, in the Business & Property Courts (Commercial Court, Admiralty Court & Chancery Division), the Court of Appeal, and international commercial arbitrations. He is particularly skilled at handling cases involving complex commercial transactions and technical expert issues. He also specialises in emergency applications including freezing and antisuit injunctions.  

Chambers UK / Global 2018 says of him: "A highly commended practitioner specialising in wet and dry shipping, international trade and insurance disputes. He has particular strength in emergency applications as well as technical issues related to navigation and seamanship. He is a frequent presence on both the courtroom circuit and in trade arbitrations."

Tom is a contributing editor of Marsden & Gault on Collisions at Sea 2016 and the editor of Atkin’s Court Forms: Arbitration 1998-2016.  He is admitted as an attorney in New York.

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