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Alistair Wooder

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Alistair Wooder joined 20 Essex Street in September 2016 following the successful completion of pupillage, during which he was supervised by Henry Byam-Cook, Andrew Fulton and Sean Snook.

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 freezing injunctions, anti-suit injunctions and challenges to jurisdiction.

Alistair is currently instructed with Julian Kenny QC in a ship sale arbitration, and has also been instructed as a member of a team of counsel resisting an application to serve committal proceedings outside the jurisdiction.

Before joining 20 Essex Street, Alistair graduated from the University of Cambridge with a First Class degree in Law and an LLM in Commercial Law, and attained the highest marks in his law school in Bar finals.

Specialisations: 

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

Specialisations: 

Commercial Litigation
  • Spar Shipping AS v Grand China Logistics Holding (Group) Co Ltd (Court of Appeal, judgment awaited) – whether the obligation to pay hire under a charterparty is a condition, and the true test for repudiatory breach of contract (assisting Michael Coburn QC and Josephine Davies during pupillage).
  • Spar Shipping AS v Grand China Logistics Holding (Group) Co Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 520 – resisting an application for imposition of conditions on leave to appeal (assisting Michael Coburn QC during pupillage).
  • Larus Australia v Agrocrop International Pte Ltd. [2015] EWHC 3774 (Comm) – s.68 appeal on the true construction of an indemnity (assisting Luke Pearce during pupillage)
  • Instructed as member of a counsel team resisting an application to serve proceedings outside the jurisdiction.
  • Advising on heavy multi-jurisdictional fraud litigation (assisting Andrew Fulton during pupillage)
  • Advising on limitation defences to a debt claim (assisting Michael Collett QC during pupillage)
  • Claim by an agent for commission (assisting Christopher Newman during pupillage)
Shipping

Alistair has a particular enthusiasm for shipping work, which formed a major part of his pupillage.

  • Instructed in c.$20m ship sale arbitration (with Julian Kenny QC)
  • Spar Shipping AS v Grand China Logistics Holding (Group) Co Ltd (Court of Appeal, judgment awaited) – whether the obligation to pay hire under a charterparty is a condition, and the true test for repudiatory breach of contract (assisting Michael Coburn QC and Josephine Davies during pupillage).
  • Various cargo claims involving experts in ship management, engineering, port safety, commodities broking and cargo surveyors (assisting Tim Young QC, Sean Snook and Henry Byam-Cook during pupillage)
  • Several off-hire disputes, including an application of Global Santosh [2016] UKSC 20 (assisting Henry Byam-Cook and Daniel Bovensiepen during pupillage)
  • Various demurrage claims, including the incorporation of a charterparty demurrage regime into bills of lading (assisting Henry Byam-Cook during pupillage)
  • Advising on refusal of owners to issue bills of lading (assisting Henry Byam-Cook during pupillage)
  • Advising on maritime liens in the conflict of laws (assisting Julian Kenny QC during pupillage)
Commodities & Sale of Goods
  • Advising on proper construction of manganese ore sale contract (assisting Henry Byam-Cook during pupillage)
  • Advising on time-bar issues in chain of sale contracts (assisting Henry Byam-Cook during pupillage)
  • Advising on impact of trade sanctions on sale of goods (assisting Tom Corby during pupillage)
Civil Fraud
  • Instructed as member of counsel team resisting application to serve committal proceedings outside the jurisdiction.
  • Advising on heavy multi-jurisdictional fraud litigation raising difficult issues of private international law (assisting Andrew Fulton during pupillage).
  • Advising on hedge fund fraud (assisting Andrew Fulton during pupillage).
Insurance

Alistair has a particularly strong interest in insurance law, and is a member of BILA and a past winner of BILA’s Insurance Law Moot.  Alistair has worked on a number of issues of insurance law, including:

  • Proper construction of a claims notification clause
  • Disputes concerning the assured’s liability to pay the premium (assisting Henry Byam-Cook during pupillage)
Banking and Finance
  • Claim in debt between two major banks, involving challenging issues of estoppel by convention (assisting Andrew Fulton during pupillage).
  • Experience of operation of ISDA Master Agreement in insolvency context (with Stephen Atherton QC during pupillage).
Private International law
  • Instructed as member of counsel team resisting application to serve committal proceedings outside the jurisdiction.
  • Advising on applicable law in a multi-jurisdictional fraud claim (assisting Andrew Fulton during pupillage).
  • Advising on maritime liens and the conflict of laws (assisting Julian Kenny QC during pupillage).
  • Research on service of a proposed anti-suit injunction outside the jurisdiction (assisting Sean Snook during pupillage).

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