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“One of the pre-eminent sets for complex commodities disputes”
(The Legal 500, 2014)

Disputes relating to traded commodities form a core part of 7KBWs’ practice.  Members of chambers have acted for buyers and sellers in disputes involving coal, cobalt, coffee, cocoa, sugar, oils, gas, metals, rice, grains and soyabeans amongst many other commodities.

Specialist arbitrations before most of the London-based commodity trade associations such as LME, GAFTA, FOSFA, and RSA are regularly undertaken.  Members  have also appeared before international arbitration tribunals in accordance with LCIA, ICC or UNCITRAL arbitration rules.  Chambers and Partners describes 7KBW as a major presence in the commodities sector, while the Legal 500 praises it for its pooled commodities, insurance and shipping expertise.

Cases include:

  • PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC and another v OW Bunker Malta Ltd and another [2016] UKSC 23
  • Gujarat NRE Coke Ltd v Coeclerici Asia (Pte) Ltd
  • “Crude Sky” Great Elephant Corporation v Trafigura Beheer B.V.
  • Falkonera Shipping Co. v Arcadia Energy Pte. Ltd
  • SOS Corporacion Alimentaria SA -v- Mataluni Spa & Inerco Trade SA – [2010] EWHC 162 (Comm)
  • Glencore International AG -v- Alpina Insurance Co. Ltd. & Others – [2004] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 111
  • Metro litigation – Litigation that arose out of the collapse in 1998 of metro Trading International (MIT) and Metro Oil Corporation (MOC)




Latest Commodities News

The latest Legal 500 2017 edition describes 7 King’s Bench Walk as ‘always the first port of call for any insurance or reinsurance dispute’ as well as being ‘a solid choice’ for commercial and shipping work, both litigation and arbitration. It is a set that ‘delivers excellent results’, ‘knows its clients well’ and is ‘quick […]

October 12, 2017

On 7 July 2017 judgment was given by Mrs Justice Carr in the matter of Vitol SA v Beta Renowable SA, a claim for non-delivery of biofuels, in which Richard Sarll acted for the defendant supplier.  The judgment contains an interpretation of interdependent obligations in the sale of goods (e.g. the need for the buyer […]

July 7, 2017

The Supreme Court has this morning handed down its judgment in the “Res Cogitans” (PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC and another v OW Bunker Malta Ltd and another [2016] UKSC 23). The judgment marks a resounding success for the respondents, OW Bunker Malta Ltd (“OW Malta”) and ING Bank NV (“ING”), who were represented by […]

May 11, 2016