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Duncan Matthews QC

Admitted to the Bar of the East Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands - 2003

Duncan Matthews QC is a specialist advocate with a broad practice in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution. He advises and acts in English Court proceedings at all higher court levels and overseas and has a large arbitration practice primarily as counsel, though also as arbitrator, both in England and abroad, institutional and ad hoc.

He has recently been extensively engaged as lead defence Counsel in the substantial and leading case of Mukhtar Ablyazov litigation in London and overseas, reflecting his wide experience both in heavy litigation and in major commercial disputes.

He has also recently been engaged in a number of heavy share-holder/JV arbitration disputes in a variety of jurisdictions.

With a background steeped in international trade and carriage of goods, including shipping, shipbuilding and commodities, in which he continues to be heavily involved, his practice has expanded to include banking and financial disputes, joint venture and shareholder and partnership disputes, LNG, energy and on- and off-shore oil and gas drilling and related disputes, insurance and reinsurance.

Duncan also enjoys a niche IT/telecommunications and satellite specialism including a substantial hearing in the TCC about a failed Europe-wide integrated computerisation project and litigation involving aspects of the NHS computerisation programme.

The international nature of his practice encompasses private international law and conflicts of laws. He has an established practice in Singapore and is registered to appear before the Singapore International Commercial Court. Work in off-shore jurisdictions includes hedge fund disputes on Nevis and a range of civil fraud and company commercial cases in the British Virgin Islands, often involving CIS parties.

Recommended by: Legal 500 (2008 - 2015) for Commodities, Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, and Shipping; Legal 500 (2016) for Civil Fraud and Energy; Legal Experts (2008 - 2013) for Commodities, Insurance/reinsurance, International Commercial Arbitration and Shipping; Chambers UK (2008 - 2016) for Commercial Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, Shipping and Commodities; Chambers UK (2015) for Civil Fraud; Chambers Global (2014) for Commercial Dispute Resolution (UK) and Chambers Global (2016) for International Arbitration.

Specialisations: 

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Civil Fraud
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Insurance/Reinsurance
  • IT & Telecommunications
  • Offshore
  • Shipping & Commodities

Specialisations: 

Commercial Dispute Resolution

The Plato of the Commercial Bar, at once a dynamic orator and a considered thinker.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2018)

Very careful and very authoritative, he just lets the facts speak for themselves.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2018)

"A standout commercial silk." (Legal 500 2017)

He has a brilliant command of the court and really marshals his materials well.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2017) 

"Extremely bright, and commercially minded too." (Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2016)

"He's a very strong advocate who has a very, very good understanding of arbitration tribunals. He's a very smooth performer." (Chambers UK Bar, 2015)

"Works very hard and is just fantastic - there are no chinks in his armour." (Chambers UK Bar, 2015)

"An excellent advocate with a robust intellect; a master of his profession." (Legal 500, 2014)

"Duncan Matthews QC is "an impressive strategist," whose "fine intellect and excellent case management" are of great benefit to instructing solicitors. "A brilliant all-round barrister," he "commands the attention of judges with ease"." (Chambers UK, 2013)

"The very popular Duncan Matthews QC is praised for his ‘robust intellect'." (Legal 500, 2012)

"Duncan Matthews QC is a "super-smooth advocate and an effective cross-examiner," whom judges love. He is the architect of a strong international practice." (Chambers UK, 2012)

"Duncan Matthews QC... 'will be a supersilk in a few years without any doubt'." (Legal 500, 2011)

"Duncan Matthews QC is an "exceptional cross-examiner who is utterly unflappable under pressure." Instructing solicitors are full of praise for this "polished performer" and particularly cherish his 'common-sense advice.'" (Chambers UK, 2011)

"Matthews handles a good deal of cross-border work and is "a stylish, smooth and unruffeable advocate"." (Chambers UK, 2010)

"Duncan Matthews QC displays a strong depth of knowledge but also a refreshing pragmatism." (Legal 500, 2009)

"The "fantastic and clever" Duncan Matthews QC is known for his handling of domestic and international trade cases, especially those relating to international trade and carriage of goods. He is "a man of depth and great purpose"." (Chambers UK, 2009)

"The 'razor sharp' Duncan Matthews QC Knows how to frame arguments persuasively before courts and tribunals. His expertise resides in the international trade, construction, insurance/reinsurance and oil and gas sectors." (Chambers UK, 2008)

International Arbitration

"He appears in heavyweight arbitrations across the region." Legal 500 Asia Pacific: UK Bar

"Commercial and pragmatic." (Chambers UK Bar, 2018)

As an arbitrator he quickly gets to the heart of the matter.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2018)

"A popular choice as counsel." (Legal 500 UK Bar, 2017)

Incredibly bright and approachable.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2017)

Has backbone and is certainly tough.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2017)

"Unbelievably awesome, and one of the top silks in London." (Legal 500, 2014)

"A very engaging and highly popular arbitrator." (Legal 500, 2014)

"Duncan Matthews QC, "a very highly regarded person in the arbitration world," focuses on a wide range of commercial disputes. He has particular experience in sectors such as oil and gas, IT and international trade, and his practice also spans several other areas." (Chambers UK, 2013)

"The ‘magisterial' Duncan Matthews QC is ‘one of the best court room and tribunal advocates'." (Legal 500, 2012)

"The "super-smooth" Duncan Matthews QC is acknowledged as "a powerful advocate." His areas of expertise include international trade and carriage of goods, insurance and reinsurance, IT and oil and gas." (Chambers UK, 2012)

"Duncan Matthews QC is hailed for his "mastery of the facts and eye for a winning argument" ... Instructing solicitors value his "smooth advocacy."" (Chambers UK, 2011)

"Duncan Matthews QC [is] making [a] strong impression on the market with [his] commercial expertise ... Matthews is a powerful cross-examiner who is "not only astute in analysing the key issues, but has the experience to ensure such issues remain focused upon." (Chambers UK, 2010)

"Duncan Matthews is 'bright, and has a fantastic personality'." (Legal 500, 2008)

"The hugely popular Duncan Matthews QC has "a very pragmatic and commercial hands on style and manner that lends confidence to a tribunal"." (Chambers UK, 2008)

Shipping & Commodities

A very talented advocate. He has been very helpful.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2018)

A go-to guy. He’s exceptionally experienced in shipbuilding matters.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2018)

"First-rate." (Legal 500, 2017)

An extremely good advocate, who is a match for any silk in a commodities case." (Legal 500, 2017)

"Very verbally polished and with a sense of humour. He can be both quite aggressive and effective.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2017)

A very serious and clever guy, he can squeeze a killer argument out of nothing, it seems.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2017)

"He knows how to take all the good points and really makes it work for him." (Chambers UK Bar, 2015) (Shipping & Commodities)

"Top quality" (Legal 500, 2014) (Shipping)

"An accomplished operator and very good advocate, who deserves much credit; when he speaks the court listens." (Legal 500, 2014) (Commodities)

"Duncan Matthews QC is ‘one of the smoothest operators at the Bar'." (Legal 500, 2013) (Commodities)

 

"Duncan Matthews QC is a popular silk, who is "a very impressive problem solver and exceptionally smooth and convincing communicator." Recently this "brilliant practitioner" has been instructed on a jurisdictional challenge involving a shipbuilding contract." (Chambers UK, 2013)

"Picks up points at lightning speed" (Legal 500, 2012) (Shipping)

"'go-to advocate' Duncan Matthews QC ‘can make a tribunal stop and listen'." (Legal 500, 2012) (Commodities)

"Duncan Matthews QC has been instructed on several complex, multi-jurisdictional shipbuilding disputes this year. He "is just super-smooth and can make any proposition sound plausible."" (Chambers UK, 2012)

"recommended for ... his 'excellent closing statements' and 'ability to memorise the entire contract'." (Legal 500, 2011)

"Duncan Matthews QC, meanwhile, is regarded as "the bees knees for charter party work." Much of the reason for this is because "he combines legal acumen and market knowledge to greater effect than most of his contemporaries."" (Chambers UK, 2011)

"'presents cases with panache', and is 'very quick and to the point'." (Legal 500, 2010) (Commodities)

"swift and incisive, gets straight to the heart of a matter, is very approachable and great with clients." (Legal 500, 2010) (Shipping)

"Duncan Matthews QC, an expert in both shipping and international trade. Observers find him "an exceptionally bright and polished performer" who has the "ability to continually hit the nail on the head." Although very busy, he is a favourite of solicitors as he is adept at dealing with issues at short notice." (Chambers UK, 2010)

"A formidable operator, he gets to the important issues quickly and always has the ear of the Tribunal." (Legal 500, 2009)

"Solicitors declared themselves more than happy to instruct Duncan Matthews QC, whom they described as "a powerful advocate of outstanding intelligence"." (Chambers UK, 2009)

""A bright and powerful advocate", Duncan Matthews QC covers both commodities and shipping, and is said to be "practical and accessible in his approach"." (Chambers UK, 2009)

"Duncan Matthews QC is judged by peers to be 'amazing' in front of tribunals." (Legal 500, 2008)

"Observers state that "astute and user-friendly" Duncan Matthews QC possesses a most useful skill: covering both commodities and shipping domestically and internationally, he "seems to have a way of convincing arbitrators of the merits of his case"." (Chambers UK, 2008)

Civil Fraud

Commands the court with ease.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2018)

He is in total command when he’s in court. Very assured and very patient. He has a remarkable determination to get the right result for the client.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2018)

He’s phenomenal. If you’ve got something that’s a bit tricky he’s brilliant.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2017)

He commands the court with ease.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2017)

"He's a real class act and a truly hard-hitting advocate." (Chambers UK Bar, 2015)

Energy and Natural Resources

He is very authoritative and has the respect of the judges, who listen very carefully to him.” (Chambers UK Bar, 2018)

"An excellent and conscientious lawyer." (Legal 500, 2017)

Principal Cases: 

House of Lords

The Maria D [1992] 1 AC 21. Shipping - Charterparty - Guarantee - Charterers' brokers guaranteeing by telephone and telex charterers' liability for demurrage and freight - Written charterparty containing guarantee by broker about outstanding demurrage and balance freight - Unclear whether broker signing as agent or principal - Whether sufficient note or memorandum of guarantee - Statute of Frauds 1677 (29 Car. 2, c. 3), s. 4.

The Naxos [1990] 1 WLR 1337. Contract - Condition or warranty - Mercantile contract - Sale of goods (f.o.b.) - Sellers to have goods ready for delivery at any time within contract period - Buyers entitled to call for delivery on giving reasonable notice - Sellers failing to deliver cargo on presentation of vessel after due notice - Buyers alleging sellers in default and terminating contract - Whether sellers' obligation condition of contract - Whether buyers entitled to damages.

 

Privy Council

The Mahkutai [1996] AC 650. Bailment - Carriage by sea - Terms - Bailment of goods by shippers to shipowners for carriage - Bill of lading issued by carrier to shippers containing Himalaya clause and providing for determination of disputes in Indonesia - No contractual relationship between shipowners and cargo owners - Cargo damaged during voyage - Cargo owners bringing action in Hong Kong against shipowners - Whether exclusive jurisdiction clause term of bailment - Whether shipowners entitled to rely on exclusive jurisdiction clause.

Court of Appeal

OMV Petrom SA V Glencore International AG - [2016] EWCA Civ 778 - Contract - Deceit - Bespoke blends of oil sold as crude oil brands - Measure of damages - Market value - Subsequent events - Mitigation - Private International Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1996

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2013] EWCA Civ 928 Assets - Banks - Disclosure - Fraud - Freezing injunctions - Loans.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2012] EWCA Civ 1411 Contempt of court - Custody - Disclosure - Right to fair trial -Surrender - Unless orders

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2011] EWCA Civ 1386 Case management directions - Committal for contempt -Contempt of court - Freezing injunctions - Non-compliance.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2010] EWCA Civ 1141 Breach - Dissipation of assets - Freezing injunctions - Receivership.

Allianz Insurance Co Egypt v Aigaion Insurance Co SA [2008] EWCA Civ 1455; [2009] 2 All E.R. (Comm) 745; [2008] 2 C.L.C. 1013; [2009] Lloyd's Rep. I.R. 533; Times, January 20, 2009 - Certainty - Contract terms - Electronic mail - Insurance premiums - Marine insurance - Offer and acceptance - Reinsurance contracts.

AMB Generali Holding AG Manches Sprecher Grier Halberstam, Portner & Jaskel v SEB Trygg Liv Holding Aktiebolag (CA) Sale of shares in insurance company - Disputes to be referred to arbitration Seller merging and changing name - Alleged default by buyer - Arbitration proceedings commenced by solicitors in seller's original name.

Allianz Insurance Co Egypt v Aigaion Insurance Co SA The Times 20 Jan 2009 - Insurance Contracts - Reinsurance contracts; Marine Insurance; Contractual negotiations via email; Pail ore of slip recording parties' agreement to refer to previously agreed warranty clause; Determination of whether warranty included in final contract.

The Good Challenger [2004] 1 LIoyd's Rep 67 Arbitration - Award - Enforcement - Limitation of time - Ex parte order to enforce arbitration award served eight years after it was made - Allegation that enforcement proceedings time barred - Whether for purposes of limitation causes of action accrued afresh as a result of acknowledgement of claim and part-payment- Whether Romanian Court decision estopped claimants from denying proceedings time barred - Whether abuse of process - Whether ex parte order and service thereof should be set aside.

The "Aeolian" [2001] 2 LIoyd's Rep 64 - Contract - Counterclaim - Proper law - Contract for turbo-charger governed by Japanese law - Claimants claimed price of spares under spares contract - Defendants alleged defective turbo-charger and counterclaimed - Undertaking given by defendants P. & I. club with English jurisdiction clause - Whether turbo-charger contract governed by English law.

AIG Group (UK) Ltd v Ethniki [2000] LIoyd's Rep IR 343 - Reinsurance - Brussels Convention 1968, Arts 5(1) and 17 - Alleged breach of claims control clause - Other claims made against reinsured - Reinsurers seeking declaratory relief in England - Reinsured domiciled in Greece - Determination of "obligation in question" - Place of performance of obligation in question - Whether claims could be fragmented - Whether jurisdiction clause in original policy incorporated into reinsurance agreement.

The Berge Sund [1993] 2 LI Rep 453. Arbitration - Award - Off-hire - Dispute as to delay in loading - Arbitrators found vessel off-hire - Whether vessel remained fully efficient within off-hire clause - Whether owners entitled to indemnity - Whether award should be remitted.

Soules v Intertradex [1991] 1 LI Rep 378. Sale of goods (c.i.f.) - Demurrage - Congestion at port of discharge - Vessel unable to berth immediately - Whether time only to count when vessel actually berthed.

Dole Dried Fruit v Trustin Kerwood [1990] 2 LIoyd's Rep 309. - Practice - Counterclaim - Set-off - Defendants alleged sole agency for plaintiffs' goods terminated without notice - Plaintiffs commenced proceedings claiming price of goods sold and delivered - Whether defendants entitled to set-off counterclaim for unliquidated damages against plaintiffs' claim.

Medway v Meurer [1990] 2 LIoyd's Rep 112. Practice - Application to set aside - Jurisdiction - Distribution agreement between English plaintiffs and German defendants - Plaintiffs alleged wrongful repudiation of agreement by defendants - Whether place of performance of obligation England - Whether Court had jurisdiction - Whether application to set aside service of writ should be granted - Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act, 1982.

1st Instance

OMV Petrom SA V Glencore International AG - [2015] EWHC 666 (Comm)- Contract - Deceit - Bespoke blends of oil sold as crude oil brands - Measure of damages - Market value - Subsequent events - Mitigation - Private International Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1996

Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Ltd v UBS AG [2014] EWHC 2450 (Comm);   $65m claim for the enforcement of a sum due under an ISDA Master Agreement which UBS had mistakenly paid to the wrong entity.

 JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2013] EWHC 1836 (Comm) Abuse of process - Beneficial ownership - Charging orders - Contempt of court.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2013] EWHC 1835 (Comm) Administration of justice - Real property - Banking and finance -Human rights.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2012] EWHC 3023 (Comm) Bias - Contempt of court - Credibility - Delay - Recusal - Waiver.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2012] EWHC 2543 (Comm) Breach -Declaratory orders - Freezing injunctions - Pledges.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2012] EWHC 1819 (Comm) Assets - Freezing injunctions - Loans.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2012] EWHC 237 (Comm) Committal for contempt - Contempt of court - Freezing injunctions - Non-disclosure.

Parbulk II A/S v PT Humpuss Intermoda Transportasi TBK (The Mahakam) [2011] EWHC 3143 (Comm) Extraterritoriality - Foreign companies - Foreign jurisdictions - Freezing injunctions - Jurisdiction - Service out of jurisdiction.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2011] EWHC 2664 (Comm) Disclosure - Freezing injunctions - Jurisdiction - Legal advice and funding.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2011] EWHC 2545 (Comm) Adjournment - Committal for contempt - Contempt of court - Freezing injunctions.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2011] EWHC 1522 (Comm) Case management directions - Committal for contempt -Contempt of court - Disclosure - Freezing injunctions - Non-compliance - Trial directions.

Nanjing Tianshun Shipbuilding Co Ltd v Orchard Tankers Pte Ltd  [2011] EWHC 164 (Comm) Arbitration clauses - Cancellation clauses - Guarantees - Jurisdiction - Shipbuilding - Time limits

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2010] EWHC 1779 (Comm) Breach - Dissipation of assets - Freezing injunctions - Proportionality - Receivership.

Global Coal Ltd v London Commodity Brokers [2010] EWHC 1347 (Ch) Coal industry - Interpretation - Licensing agreements - Standard forms of contract - Trading.

Parbulk AS v Kristen Marine SA [2010] EWHC 900 (Comm) Agreements - Expenses - Guarantees - Hedging - Leaseback - Loan agreements - Reasonableness - Shipbuilding - Ships - Swap agreements.

Westacre Investments Inc v Yugoimport SDPR [2008] EWHC 801 (Comm) EWHC - Delay - Enforcement - Foreign proceedings - Judgement creditors - Third party debt orders.

Atos Consulting Ltd v Avis Plc [2007] EWHC 323 (TCC) Privilege - Redaction - Specific disclosure.

Sanhe Hope Full Grain Oil Foods Production Co Ltd v Toepfer Internation Asia Pte Ltd [2007] EWHC 2784 (Comm) Appropriation - Arbitration appeals - Award - Contract terms - Contracts of sale - Default - Interpretation - Repudiation.

SEB Trygg Holding AB v Manches [2005] 2 Lloyd's Rep 129 - See CA cases.

Borealis AB v Stargas Ltd (The Berge Sisar) (CA) [2002] EWHC Civ 757 Case management - Delay - Discretion - Joinder - Predjudice - Proportionality.

Demco Investments & Commercial SA v SE Banken [2005] 2 Lloyd's Rep 650 Arbitration - Application for permission to appeal on point of law - Arbitrators finding that pensions had been mis-sold - Allegations that arbitrators had reached conclusion in absence of evidence, applied wrong burden of proof and disregarded evidence - Whether question of law arose - Whether arbitrators' conclusions obviously wrong - Arbitration Act 1996, section 69.

The P&O Nedlloyd Marseilles [2003] 1 WLR 503

Linea Naviera Paramaconi S.A. v Abnormal Load Engineering Ltd [2001] 1 Lloyd's Rep763. Bill of lading - Counterclaim - Limitation of time - Claimants agreed to transport on their barge two specialized cranes - During voyage fire broke out damaging barge and parts of crane collapsed - Claimants claimed demurrage and damages for damage to and detention of barge - Defendants counterclaimed alleging barge unseaworthy and losses incurred while repairs undertaken - Whether defendants' claim time barred - Whether contractual extension of time limit granted by claimants to defendants.

Aktieselskabet Dampskibsselskabet Svendorg and another v Mobil North Sea Ltd and others [2001] 2 All ER (Comm) 553

KBC Bank v Industrial Steels (UK) Ltd [2001] 1 All ER (Comm) 409

Sinochem International Oil (London) Co. Ltd v Fortune Oil Co. Ltd. [2000] 1 Lloyd's Rep682. - Sale of goods - Contract - Oral agreement - Contract of sale of barrels of oil - Claim in respect of unpaid invoices - Application for appointment of arbitrator - Respondent denied agreement made on its behalf - Whether agreement made with respondent's actual authority - Whether respondent estopped from denying that it was party to agreement by doctrine of ostensible authority - Whether respondent entitled to declaration that it was not party to alleged contract.

Vale do Rio Doce Navegacao SA & Anr v Shanghai Bao Steel Ocean Shipping Co Ltd & Anr. [2000] 2 Lloyd's Rep 1. - Arbitration - Jurisdiction - Application to set aside arbitration claim form - Contract of affreightment concluded by broker - Owners joined brokers in arbitration application for declaration - Whether claim within arbitration exception in Lugano Convention - Whether CPR PD49G permitted service against brokers out of jurisdiction - Whether Arbitration Act, 1996 permitted owners to make application - Whether Court had jurisdiction to grant declaration against brokers - Whether application to join brokers should be set aside.

Minmetals v Ferco Steel [1999] AER (D) 7

Glencore International AG v Shell International Trading and Shipping Co Ltd [1999]2 Lloyd's Rep 692 Practice - Interpleader proceedings - "Same cause of action" - Construction - Proceedings commenced in Paris against defendants in respect of payment for cargoes ofnaptha - Defendants commenced interpleader proceedings in England - Whether Paris action and interpleader proceedings involved the same cause of action - Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act, 1982, Schedule, art. 21.

The "T JASKEMOLEN" (Now Named "V/SVLlET") [1997] 2 LIoyd's Rep 476 - Admiralty practice - Arrest of vessel - Security - Application to discharge or reduce security - Vessel arrested in Rotterdam but released by order of Rotterdam Court on application of owners - Whether plaintiffs showed good reason for maintaining arrest - Whether arrest of vessel in Liverpool abuse of process of Court - Whether security should be discharged.

The "T JASKEMOLEN" (Now Named "V/SVLlET") [1997] 2 LIoyd's Rep 465 Admiralty practice - Arrest of vessel - Security - Ownership of vessel - Application to discharge or reduce amount of security - Whether affidavit stated nature of claim - Defendants alleged vessel sold at time writ of summons issued - Whether transaction a sham or facade - Whether amount of security should be reduced.

Toepfer v Molino Boschi [1996] 1 LI Rep 510. - Sale of goods (c.if.) - Stay of proceedings- Short delivery - Proceedings commenced by defendants in Italy - Plaintiffs applied for declaratory and injunctive relief - Whether application for stay should be granted - Whether Brussels Convention applied - Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act, 1982, Schedule, arts.17,21,22.

Aratra v Taylor Joynson Garrett [1995] 4 AER 695.

Swiss Bank Corporation v Premier League The Times 9 February 1995 - Banking and Finance.

Kaufmann v Credit Lyonnais Bank The Times 1 February 1995. - Banking and finance.

The Andreas P [1994] 2 LI Rep 183. - Sale of ship - Norwegian Saleform - Alleged breaches - Buyers contended that at time of delivery vessel failed to satisfy requirements of contract - Whether items of work carried out to comply with recommendations made by classification society before vessel delivered - Whether such costs recoverable from sellers.

The Giannis NK [1994] 2 LI Rep 171. - Cargo - Dangerous cargo - Shipper's Iiability - Cargo of ground-nuts shipped at Dakar infested with Khapra beetle - Cargo jettisoned at sea - Whether infestation originated in ground-nut cargo shipped under charter - Whether Khapra beetle already on board vessel when ground-nut cargo shipped - Whether cargo dangerous by reason of presence of Khapra beetle - Whether shippers' liable - Bills of Lading Act 1855, s. 1.

The Cebu (No 2) [1993] QB 1. - Shipping - Charter party - Time charter - Owners' lien for unpaid hire - Vessel sub-subchartered - Dispute between owners and head charterers - Owners having lien upon "all subfreights" for any amounts due under head charter - Whether owners' lien extending to hire due under sub-sub-time charter - New York Produce Exchange form, cl. 18

Education and Career: 

Born in 1961, he was educated at Westminster School (1974-79), Dante Alighieri School, Florence (1980) (Diploma in Italian), Magdalen College, Oxford (1981- 84) (BA Hons) (MA 1996), City University (1984-85) (Diploma in Law) and Council of Legal Education (1985-6) (Bar Finals). 1986 Birkenhead, Karmel, Holker (Senior) and Mould scholarships.

He was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1986 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2002. He was admitted to the Bar of the East Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands in 2003 and of Nevis and St Kitts (ad hoc) in 2012. He became a Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2006.

Appointments and Society Memberships: 

Member of LCIA, COMBAR and London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association, Fraud Lawyers Association, Franco British Lawyers Society, British Italian Law Association, British German Jurists Association and Anglo-Russian Law Association and supporting member of the LMAA. Chairman LMAA Supporting Members Liaison Committee. Member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration.Member of the Civil Mediation Council.