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Alistair Wooder

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Areas of expertise

Since joining 20 Essex Street in September 2016, Alistair has worked on a wide range of commercial disputes, spanning general commercial litigation, arbitration, shipping and international trade, civil fraud, insurance, and banking.  Alistair also has experience of a broad array of issues that can arise at an interlocutory stage, including anti-suit injunctions and challenges to jurisdiction.

Alistair is currently instructed in the long-running Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc. dispute, and has appeared (with Duncan Matthews QC and Charlotte Tan) in a number of high-profile applications in that litigation. These include a challenge to the Court’s jurisdiction to hear a committal application ([2016] EWHC 322 (Comm) and [2017] EWHC 459 (Comm)) and an application to stay detailed assessment proceedings pending a challenge to a non-party costs order in the European Court of Human Rights ([2017] EWHC 913 (Comm)).

Alistair has also appeared (with Julian Kenny QC and Michael Collett QC) for the successful Owners in a multi-million dollar LMAA arbitration, which included an application to the arbitrators for an anti-suit injunction.

Specialisations: 

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Shipping
  • Civil Fraud
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Banking and Finance
  • Private International Law
  • Public International Law

Specialisations: 

Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc. and anor [2016] EWHC 322 (Comm) and [2017] EWHC 459 (Comm) – challenge to the Court’s jurisdiction over committal proceedings (with Duncan Matthews QC and Charlotte Tan).
  • Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc. and anor [2017] EWHC 913 (Comm) – application for a stay of detailed assessment proceedings pending a challenge to a non-party costs order in the European Court of Human Rights (with Duncan Matthews QC and Charlotte Tan).
  • Great Prosperity Shipping Inc. v Xiamen C&D Commodity Trading Co. Ltd. – successful application for an anti-suit injunction in a cargo claim context (with Julian Kenny QC).
  • A Singapore Company v a US Company – acted for the successful Owners in a multi-million dollar LMAA arbitration concerning a charterparty dispute (with Julian Kenny QC and Michael Collett QC).
  • An English Company v a Delaware Company – ongoing LCIA arbitration in the automotive sector (with Christopher Newman)
  • Sole counsel in a number of general commercial claims, including a claim by a well-known supermarket against a supplier and a claim by a regional law firm against its IT consultants.
Shipping
  • A Singapore Company v a US Company – acted for the successful Owners in a multi-million dollar LMAA arbitration concerning a charterparty dispute (with Julian Kenny QC and Michael Collett QC).
  • Great Prosperity Shipping Inc. v Xiamen C&D Commodity Trading Co. Ltd. – successful application for an anti-suit injunction in a cargo claim context (with Julian Kenny QC).
  • Sole counsel in a number of ongoing LMAA arbitrations, including cargo claims (grain and chemical cargoes) and a demurrage dispute.
  • Sole counsel in a High Court claim against a warehouse for water damage to cargo.
Commodities and Sale of Goods
  • Sole counsel in an ongoing dispute concerning an allegedly defective consignment of chemicals.
  • Sole counsel in a sale of goods dispute involving conflicting jurisdiction clauses. 
Civil Fraud
  • Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc. and anor [2016] EWHC 322 (Comm) and [2017] EWHC 459 (Comm) – challenge to the Court’s jurisdiction over committal proceedings (with Duncan Matthews QC and Charlotte Tan).
  • Instructed as sole counsel to advise on evidence in a dispute involving a fraudulently-procured investment in a cosmetics company and breach of fiduciary duty by a joint venture partner.
Insurance

Alistair is building a growing practice acting for insurers in property damage cases, often involving complex questions of expert evidence.  Alistair is also instructed as sole counsel in a High Court claim raising complicated issues of the law of subrogation. During his studies, Alistair was a winner of the British Insurance Law Association Moot.

Banking and Finance
  • Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc. and anor [2016] EWHC 322 (Comm), [2017] EWHC 459 (Comm) and [2017] EWHC 913 (Comm) – Alistair is instructed (with Duncan Matthews QC and Charlotte Tan) by Alexander Vik in this high-profile dispute arising out of the trading activities of Sebastian Holdings Inc.
  • Alistair is co-author (with Sean Snook) of “Open all hours? Identifying the appropriate market for the service of notices” [2017] 1 JIBL 85, an article considering the operation of the close-out provisions of the GMRA. 
Private International Law
  • Great Prosperity Shipping Inc. v Xiamen C&D Commodity Trading Co. Ltd. – successful application for an anti-suit injunction in a cargo claim context (with Julian Kenny QC).
  • A Singapore Company v a US Company – application for an anti-suit injunction from LMAA arbitrators in a multi-million dollar shipping dispute (with Julian Kenny QC and Michael Collett QC).
  • Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc. and anor [2016] EWHC 322 (Comm) and [2017] EWHC 459 (Comm) – challenge to the Court’s jurisdiction over committal proceedings (with Duncan Matthews QC and Charlotte Tan).
Public Law and International Law
  • Deutsche Bank AG v SHI [2017] EWHC 913 (Comm) – application for stay of domestic proceedings pending claim to European Court of Human Rights.
  • Ongoing judicial review in the education sector, with discrimination elements.
  • "Response to HMG Public Consultation on the United Kingdom's Future Legal Framework for Imposing and Implementing Sanctions" (with Monica Feria-Tinta).

Education and Career: 

Education

2010-13

BA Law (1st Class), University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College)

2013-14

LLM (Commercial Law) (1st Class), University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College)

2014-15

BPTC (Outstanding), top in year, University of Law

Prizes, scholarships and achievements

Prince of Wales Scholarship, Gray’s Inn

WM Tapp Scholarship, Gonville and Caius College

Winner, British Insurance Law Moot

Winner, Blackstone Chambers De Smith Moot

Winner, Varsity Moot

 

Publications: 

Open all hours? Identifying the appropriate market for the service of notices” [2017] 32(2) JIBFL 85 (with Sean Snook)

"Response to HMG Public Consultation on the United Kingdom's Future Legal Framework for Imposing and Implementing Sanctions" (with Monica Feria-Tinta).

Quotes: 

Thorough and professional approach. I was very impressed by his sharpness, creativity and dedication.”