He practised from these chambers for over 30 years, the latter 15 as a QC covering many aspects of commercial law, including in particular commodity and shipping cases. He was leading counsel in The Nema (accepting neither credit nor blame for the obiter dictum of Lord Diplock which in due course became the recognised test for permission to appeal arbitration awards). During his time at the Bar he figured frequently in arbitrations, both as advocate and arbitrator. He was head of chambers from 1989-1993.
He was appointed by the BMLA to the CMI committee which reported on Sea-waybills at the Paris meeting in the late 1980's. He has given lectures on a variety of maritime and arbitration topics in places as disparate as Singapore and Moscow.
In 1987 he was appointed a bencher of the Middle Temple, where he remains active in conducting student advocacy exercises. He was appointed Reader in 2006.
Between 1988 and 1993 he was chair of the Bar Council / Inns of Court Joint Regulations Committee, dealing in particular with applications from overseas lawyers wishing to be called to the Bar.
In 1993 he accepted an appointment as Circuit Judge, moving in 1994 to the Central London County Court (now the Central London Civil Justice Centre) as one of the Judges in charge of the newly founded Mercantile list, becoming a Senior Circuit Judge in 1997. He has been a member of the Commercial Court Committee and indeed sat frequently in the Commercial Court. He is a full member of the LMAA, chairing the sub-committee responsible for the LMAA Rules 2012.
He was a member of the Franco-British Judicial Cooperation Committee, and took part in two "Colloques" with members of the French judiciary, chairing sessions on compensation in contract and tort.
He is author of papers given at the International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators held in London (2004) and Singapore (2007).
Since retirement from the bench he has accepted appointments under various auspices including LMAA, LCIA, ICC, Uncitral and ad-hoc arbitrations.
In June 2004 he qualified as a CEDR accredited mediator and has also carried out an Early Neutral Evaluation in a case before the Commercial Court.