Shipping & Commodities

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Shipping (both wet and dry), commodities and international trade is at the heart of everything we do. Our focused practice covers the complete spectrum of disputes in this field. We act for all corners of the maritime market. We offer formidable experience at all levels of seniority.

‘Unbeatable reputation in shipping and international trade law.’ (Legal 500 2024)

’36 Stone is an excellent shipping set with real depth. Members have extensive experience in both dry and wet shipping work.’ (Legal 500 2024)

‘The 36 Stone Group stands out in the shipping industry due to its extensive and expert team of barristers who are able to provide high-quality representation to clients in shipping-related work.’ (Legal 500 2024)

‘They are consistently my go-to set. Their juniors are excellent and they are very experienced in shipping and commercial matters’ (Legal 500 2023)

Representative experience:


  • Acting for salvors in a high-profile shipping case related to the blocking of the Suez Canal by one of the largest containership services in the world.
  • Acting in a multimillion-dollar contract of affreightment arbitration concerning shipments of bauxite regarding issues of force majeure and sanctions.
  • Assisting in the market-leading decarbonisation programme ‘The Blue Visby Solution’ which seeks to reduce worldwide shipping emissions by 15%.
  • Acting for one of the world’s largest commodities trading houses, and their cargo underwriters in relation to the hijacking of a tanker by Somali Pirates.
  • Acting in a shipbuilding dispute involving contested sums of over €50 million.
  • Acting for the respondents in the first maritime collision liability case to reach the Supreme Court.
  • Acting in one of the longest salvage arbitration hearings in recent times and the largest salved fund since records begun.


  • Acting in several high-value cases related to the export of grain between countries further to government Trade Notices being issued.
  • Acting in mis-delivery claims involving sums of approximately US$100 million arising from the collapse of one of Asia’s largest oil traders.
  • Acting in an appeal under section 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 against a US$40 million GAFTA award arising out of the supply of agricultural commodities.
  • Acting in a high-value dispute relating to margin calls in commodities trades and regarding the duty of care owed by banks in respect of the mitigation of losses due to hedging.
  • Acting in a multimillion-dollar dispute concerning a sale contract for the sale and purchase of gasoil from the Middle East to Africa.
  • Acting in a number of cases regarding the applicability of Russian sanctions and their implications on the commodities and shipping industries.

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