Dominic Kendrick QC practises in commercial law, and has done so since 1981 from 7 KBW.

Dominic Kendrick QC “inspires confidence with his vast experience” and “is a breathtaking guy who is very clever indeed”. He is recommended as counsel in the legal directories in the categories of: international arbitration; energy; commodities; insurance and reinsurance; shipping, shipbuilding and general commercial cases. He also acts in professional negligence cases concerning the duties of brokers, solicitors and accountants.

He aims to identify the key points in a case from the outset, to think strategically, to put the client’s case lucidly in court, to conduct effective cross examinations and to foster a team spirit throughout the case, from the senior junior barrister right down to the trainee solicitor.

He sits frequently as a commercial arbitrator, both sole and as one of a three person tribunal, and sits occasionally as Chairman of Bar Disciplinary Tribunals dealing with allegations of misconduct by barristers.

In the last 2 years or so to 2016, he has acted in the following notable cases which reached judgment:

Republic of Djibouti v Boreh (Commercial Court) [2016] EWHC 405 (Comm). Dominic was lead counsel in a team of 4 barristers, including another QC acting for the Defendant. This was a 12 week trial in which grave charges of fraud and corruption were raised by each side against the other concerning major commercial projects in Djibouti, Africa. Dominic was successful on all issues and the corruption, (and dishonesty in answers in cross examination) was found to lie on the Claimants’ side only.

Gard Marine v China National (“The Ocean Victory”)  [2015] 2 All E.R. (Comm) 894. This case arose out of the total loss of a large modern ship in appalling weather in Kashima Japan. It raises important points in shipping law (on the safe port promise in charterparties) and in insurance law (on the effect of underlying contracts on rights of subrogation). Dominic led the team of three including another QC and senior junior and was successful on both points in the Court of Appeal. The case is now going to the Supreme Court.

Boreh v Republic of Djibouti, Gibson Dunn, and Gray [2015] 3 All E.R. 577. This case was much commented upon in the legal press. After cross examination lasting 2-3 days, Dominic established that a partner in a well-known firm of solicitors had knowingly deceived the Commercial Court in obtaining a freezing injunction and subsequently tried to conceal the dishonesty.  Dominic led a team of four counsel including another QC.

Rathbone Brothers Plc v Novae Corporate Underwriting Ltd [2015] Lloyd’s Rep. I.R. 95. Dominic led a team of three barristers in this large claim on professional indemnity insurers concerning offshore trust investment advice. Dominic succeeded on all issues in the Court of Appeal including important issues on the rights of insurers in subrogation.

Beside court actions, he has also  been working on issues raised by the Madoff frauds, a large rig claim in the North Sea, and as counsel for the Law Society on aggregation under its recommended insurance terms. He is frequently appointed as an arbitrator including transatlantic cases such as Bermuda form claims. He is a member of the LCIA, a supporting member of the LMAA and is occasionally appointed as arbitrator in ICC disputes.