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Shipping, wet and dry

‘a great pedigree’ and is a ‘highly rated set’ for shipping law. It houses ‘very experienced silks’ as well as ‘strong juniors‘. - Legal 500

The team have a leading practice in shipping and international trade. We are recommended as a leading shipping set in The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners UK Bar and Chambers & Partners Global Guide. Chambers & Partners UK Bar recognised that tthe team is a "genuine specialist shipping set" that provides "excellent value to its clients." Our barristers have expertise and experience in all aspects of shipping law, both 'wet' and 'dry'.

The barristers have extensive experience relating to shipping contractual documents including bills of lading, charterparties, contracts of affreightment, and shipbuilding and ship sale and purchase contracts. In addition we are also familiar with the issues which arise in practice relating to offshore and energy matters, regulatory matters such as marine environmental / pollution and port state control, collisions, salvage and wreck removal, and also competition, employment and commodities issues arising in shipping contexts.

Our barristers advise and represent parties in all types of cases relating to shipping and offshore activities in the civil and criminal courts, arbitrations, inquiries and other tribunals in the UK and other countries. Several barristers have been instructed by the Treasury Solicitor in Admiralty matters. Senior members sit as arbitrators in commercial maritime, collision and salvage disputes and have chaired public inquiries.

Elizabeth Blackburn QC and Vasanti Selvaratnam QC are first instance arbitrators on the Lloyd's Open Form arbitration panel.

A number of  barristers are members of the British Maritime Law Association and supporting members of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association. We are often invited to speak at events organised by the London Shipping Law Centre.

Chambers and Partners and/or Legal 500 recommend Elizabeth Blackburn QC, Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, Charles Debattista, Dominic Happe, Rachel Toney, Mark Jones, Ravi Aswani, Thomas Steward, James Shirley and John Reeder QC as leading barristers for shipping law.

International Trade, Commodities and Trade Finance
Our barristers have extensive experience with all types of international sale contract including CIF, FOB, EXW, CIP and FAS. We also have experience of a broad and diverse variety of types of commodity and their special characteristics, including metals, petroleum products, grain and foodstuffs.  Members of the set also have extensive experience of letter of credit work.

Both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 recommends Stone as a leading set for commodities work, with Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, Charles Debattista, Dominic Happe, Mark Jones and Ravi Aswani recommended as leading barristers in the Legal 500.

Within shipping and commodities in Chambers & Partners we have Elizabeth Blackburn QC, Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, Charles Debattista, Rachel Toney, Mark Jones, Ravi Aswani and James Shirley recommended.

36 Stone

36 Stone are The 36 Group’s Shipping and International Trade team. 

The team is formed of barristers with industry-recognised expertise and market knowledge; delivering advocacy, advisory and arbitration services for shipping and commercial clients from all over the world in a wide variety of shipping (wet and dry) and international trade matters, both contentious and non-contentious.  Many of these members are acknowledged by the legal directories as leaders in their fields, the latest of which can be viewed on the following pages.

Working in partnership with our clients, we aim to exceed expectations and are confident  in our ability to provide a truly exceptional service.

The membership of 36 Stone is characterised by its breadth of experience and by the endorsement of its work in the legal directories.  The reputation of 36 Stone in the shipping market in this country and abroad is extremely high, as is shown both the quality and number of their instructions as counsel and appointment as arbitrators and by the frequency with which they are invited to speak at conferences in London and abroad.

36 Stone aims to be of service whether the demands of a particular piece of work call for the instruction of leading counsel with vast experience in the field or an up and coming junior practitioner with an affinity and interest in this field of work.

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International Trade, Commodities and Trade Finance
Road, Rail & Air Transport
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International Arbitration
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