The Members of Chambers and staff of 7KBW will be working remotely from 6th January 2021.  Chambers’ switchboard (+44 (0)207 910 8300) will be open as usual between 08:00 and 19:00 on Monday to Friday and a duty clerk will be available on +44 (0)7831 394 225 outside of these hours.

Should you have a query about current or new instructions, or would like to arrange delivery of papers, the clerks (collectively) can be contacted by email on, through the switchboard or on their direct line numbers below:

Bernie Hyatt

+44 207 910 8312

Greg Leyden

+44 207 910 8314

Eddie Johns

+44 207 910 8311

Gary Rose

+44 207 910 8313

Joe Clayton

+44 207 910 8378

Sean Hulbert  (Arbitrators’ clerk)

+44 207 910 8379

For more information please call our Clerks on

+44 (0)20 7910 8300


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 UK 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 and Metro Oil Corporation