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Timothy Young QC

Timothy Young QC's principal area of practice is international trade, embracing shipping, commodities, insurance, the carriage and sale of goods, banking and related disciplines. He appears principally in the High Court and the Court of Appeal and before various international arbitration tribunals.

He also acts as an arbitrator, either sole or as a member of a panel, accepting appointments under the rules of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre or ad hoc, if required.

International arbitration

Panel member of tribunals operating under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce and the London Court of International Arbitration. On panel of arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.

Appearing frequently as advocate before international arbitrations under all the rules of all major international institutions in relation to all manner of trading and financial disputes.

Also, prior to its supersession by the Financial Ombudsman Service, on the panel of arbitrators of the Securities and Futures Association.

Important reported cases as arbitrator:

  • Nisshin v Cleaves
  • The Saldanha

Much of Tim's work is in arbitration and therefore, by definition, confidential until the cases reach the courts, so many of his principal cases never reach the outside world, but the cases listed below, from several jurisdictions, give a taste of his work.



  • International Trade
  • Shipping and Shipbuilding
  • Commodities
  • Insurance
  • Carriage and sale of goods
  • Banking
  • Telecommunications
  • Defence procurement

Principal Cases: 

Important general contract


Golden Strait Corp v NYK - The Golden Victory (HOL)

Omak v Mamola Challenger Shipping - Shipping - The Mamola Challenger

Aerospace Publishing v Thames Water Utilities (CA)

Standard Chartered Bank v Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (HOL)

The Aquafaith

The Labrador

European Oat Millers v Wootton



Sabah Shipyard (Pakistan) Ltd v The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Golden Ocean v Salgaocar Mining Industries (CA)



Cummins v Shell International Trading & Shipping (CA)

Superior Yacht Services v Bols Distilleries (PC)


Shipping & Shipbuilding

The Island Archon (CA)

The Gregos (HOL)

Standard Chartered Bank v Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (HOL)

The Sibi (CA)

Golden Strait Corp v NYK - The Golden Victory (HOL)

The Archimidis (CA)

Covington Marine v Xiamen Shipbuilding Industries

KS Siboti v BP France

Aisla Craig v Mansel Oil (CA)

The Jordan II (HOL)

Exportadora Vale de Collina v A P Moller

The Front Commander (CA)

The Abqaiq (CA)

The Limnos (CA)

The Gimi / Khannur

North China Shipping v Xiamen Xuindaan - The Michelakis

Targe Towing v Marine Blast (CA)

Cosco v Armada Shipping

The Global Santosh (CA)

The Hansa Murcia

ED&F Man v Unicargo Transport - The Ladytramp (CA)


Kanoria v Guiinness [2006] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 701 - subject - resistance to enforcement of arbitration awards under the New York Convention

The Magdalena Oldendorff (CA)

Ajai Kanaria v Guiness (CA)

Sterlite Industries (India) v Dreymoor Fetilisers

Norscot Rig Management v Essar Oilfield Services

ED&F Man v Belmont Shipping

Soeximex v Agrocorpr

The Hansa Murcia


Glencore v Lorico (CA)

Glencore v Concordia

Glencore v Agros Trading (CA)

Huyton v Dipasa (CA)

Mercuria Energy Trading v ERG Raffinerie

Thai Mapern Trading v Louis Dreyfus

Soeximex v Agrocorpr

Olam v Ascot

Banking and Securities

Fortis Bank v Indian Overseas Bank (CA)

ED&F Man v Fluxo Cane

Stemcor v Indian Overseas Bank

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich v Ransat Marketing Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank v Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp


Various arbitrations for Asia Satellite Communications Company Ltd ("AsiaSat")

Motorola Inc v Distacom Communications (India)

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks

Defence Procurement

Numerous confidential cases for one the UK's premier defence contractors. Contact details can be provided on request.

Education and Career: 

Born in 1953, he was educated at Malvern College (1967-1971), (Exhibitioner 1967 and Scholar 1970).

He attended The Institut Britannique de la Sorbonne (1971-1972), then Magdalen College, Oxford (1972- 1976) (Exhibitioner) - BA Jurisprudence 1975 - First Class.

He is an Honorary Senior Mackinnon Scholar (BCL First Class) Gray's Inn - Birkenhead Scholar (1977)

He was called to the Bar in 1977 and has practised since 1978 at 3 Essex Court and 20 Essex Street. He took silk in 1996.

He is a Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn.

Appointments and Society Memberships: 

  • A member of the London Commercial and Common Law Bar Association
  • Supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association
  • Member of the ICC, LCIA and SIAC Panels of Arbitrators
  • Registered to appear before the Singapore International Commercial Court 

Lectures and Teaching: 

He was a Lecturer in Law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford (1976-1980).

He is an author of Voyage Charters (Informa. 3rd Ed. 2007)


"'a great mind' with a superb reputation for his expertise in shipping and ship building disputes." (Who's Who Legal, 2018, Shipping 'Most Highly Regarded Silks')

"He is incredibly experienced and knowledgeable about commercial shipping matters." (Legal 500 Asia Pacific: UK Bar, 2018, Shipping)

"He is always willing to get stuck into difficult cases." (Chambers Global & UK, 2018, Shipping & Commodities)

"Unflustered and very effective." (Legal 500, 2017, Shipping)

"Highly respected for international trade and shipping arbitrations." (Legal 500, 2017, International Arbitration)

"As barrister or arbitrator, he is one of the leading silks for international trade." (Legal 500, 2017, Commodities)

"If I need a huge legal brain to get me out of a hole, I go to Tim Young. He is unique, extraordinarily bright and fun to use." (Chambers UK, 2017, Shipping & Commodities)

"At the top of the game for shipbuilding disputes." (Chambers UK, 2016, Shipping & Commodities)

"A star of the commodities Bar, a tremendous performer." (The Legal 500, 2016, Commodities)

"Brilliant for international arbitration." (The Legal 500, 2016, International Arbitration)

"Experienced as an arbitrator and counsel in dry shipping cases." (The Legal 500, 2016, Asia Pacific, Shipping)

"An excellent and very approachable advocate who is very experienced in soft commodities." (The Legal 500, 2015, Commodities)

"Very good and real knockabout advocate." (The Legal 500, 2015, International Arbitration)

"His advocacy is smooth, effortless and effective." (Chambers UK 2015, Shipping & Commodities)

"A good choice for commercial trade disputes." (The Legal 500, 2014, Commercial Litigation)

"Very creative, intuitive and ingenious; a brilliant advocate who makes complex things seem deceptively simple." (The Legal 500, 2014, Commodities)

"Highly recommended for "make or break" disputes, and clients love him." (The Legal 500, 2014, International Arbitration)

"An arbitration expert, who is highly experienced in international trade, shipping, commodities, and more." (The Legal 500, 2014, Shipping)

'Timothy Young QC "inspires confidence in the board, and can guide the company to a successful outcome." Instructing solicitors say he is "an excellent advocate who can always be relied on".' (Chambers UK, 2013, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

'Timothy Young QC has "terrific court presence," and "always catches the ear of the judge." A lawyer with "unrivalled experience in commodities disputes," he is respected in all corners of the market.' (Chambers UK, 2013, Shipping & Commodities)

'Timothy Young QC is "the maestro; what he doesn't know about commercial law isn't worth knowing".' (The Legal 500, 2012, Commercial Litigation)

"a lateral and inventive thinker" (The Legal 500, 2012, Shipping)


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