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New Head of 36 Stone

10th September 2019

The 36 Group are pleased to announce that, Charles Debattista has become the new Head of the 36 Stone Team, taking over from Vasanti Selvaratnam QC and Elizabeth Blackburn QC.    

Vasanti and Elizabeth have been in Stone Chambers since its very inception. Both Vasanti and Elizabeth now stand down as Joint Heads of 36 Stone, having given long and sterling service to the creation of Stone Chambers, as was, and to the successful move of Stone Chambers to The 36 Group just over a year ago as 36 Stone.  Vasanti is now one of three Heads of the 36 Group and both Elizabeth and Vasanti will of course both remain active members of Chambers in their respective busy practices as Counsel and Arbitrators.  

Charles has been with Chambers since 2004, in its Stone Chambers days, and was closely involved with the move of the set to the 36 Group.  He has a busy practice in dry shipping and commodity disputes, both as Counsel and as an Arbitrator.  He has written prolifically in the area, having, in a much earlier life, been a Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Southampton.  

Most recently, he was the ICC’s Special Advisor overseeing the drafting of the new version of Incoterms, Incoterms 2020, just launched in September.

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