39 Essex Chambers has extensive experience in a wide range of “dry” and “wet” shipping and shipping-construction matters. Members are regularly instructed by all interests in disputes under charterparties (time, voyage, bareboat, contracts of affreightment), bills of lading, payment and security instruments (letters of credit, performance guarantees), and insurance policies; by service providers in the maritime sector (bunker providers, ship repairers, and ship managers); in collisions, groundings, and on-board incidents; in marine insurance and general average claims; in construction, repair and conversion disputes involving all types of vessels including off-shore units and luxury and other recreational craft and involving claims for negligence, delay, repudiation, and under security instruments; in ship sale and purchase disputes; and in admiralty actions including arrests of vessels, statutory detentions, and the exercise of rights over bunkers and cargo. Members also have expertise in maritime environmental and pollution disputes.
Members practise in a range of jurisdictions in addition to England, including Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur, and regularly appear in arbitrations under all of the leading rules (e.g. LMAA, SCMA, HKIAC, LCIA, ICC and SIAC) in addition to appearing in courts in England and elsewhere. Members of chambers are also frequently appointed as arbitrators in shipping-related disputes.
Members of 39 Essex Chambers are regularly instructed in commodities and international trade disputes in relation to all types of commodities including, principally, oil and gas, petrochemical products, steel, ore, coal, cement, grains, and chemicals. Members routinely act for sellers, buyers, insurers, and financial institutions in disputes arising under all major sale forms and in respect of sales on FOB, CIF, DES and other terms.
Members regularly appear in court in England and in other jurisdictions as well as in arbitrations around the world subject to all of the leading rules (e.g. ICC, SIAC, LCIA, HKIAC, GAFTA, FOSFA). Members of chambers are also frequently appointed as arbitrators in international commodities disputes.
David Barnes is the Chief Executive & Director of Clerking for the Shipping & Commodities team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.
Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1115