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


7KBW’s broad shipping law expertise includes admiralty, or “wet shipping”, with some of the most important recent Admiralty Court cases having been argued by members of chambers.

7KBW’s involvement in cases falling within the admiralty jurisdiction of the High Court, such as collision, salvage, shipowners’ limitation of liability and general average, is of very long standing.  7KBW counts amongst its former members one of the greatest admiralty practitioners of the 20th century, Henry Brandon.  Other leading admiralty lawyers have included John Franklin Wilmer QC and Timothy Brenton QC.   Present members of chambers continue this tradition by accepting instructions across the full range of Admiralty work including collisions at sea, salvage arbitrations, and disputes concerning unsafe ports, pilotage, towage and wreck removal.  7KBW have been responsible for 4 of the few reported decisions of the Admiralty Court in the period 2013 to 2016, 2 of which proceeded to the Court of Appeal.

Major admiralty cases in which members of 7KBW have been involved in recent years include the following:

  • “BP Thunderhorse PDQ” – LOF salvage of a semi-submersible drilling rig.  Believed to be the most valuable asset ever to have been the subject of such an arbitration.
  • The “Rena” – proceedings for the constitution of a limitation fund following the grounding of a containership on a reef offshore New Zealand.
  • The Owners of the “Stolt Kestrel” v The Owners of the “Niyazi S” – one of a string of decisions of the Admiralty Court upon the time limitation period applicable to collision proceedings argued by 7KBW members in recent years, this case now stands as the leading Court of Appeal authority on the in rem jurisdiction of the Admiralty Court.
  • The “Longchamp” – a rare decision in the law of general average, albeit decided in the Commercial Court.  This was the first general average case to proceed to the Court of Appeal since 1992.

Aside from cases falling within the admiralty jurisdiction of the High Court, members of chambers have considerable expertise in casualty work.  In one of the most famous casualties of recent years, “MSC Napoli”, a containership which was beached on Devon’s Jurassic Coast in 2007, the shipowners’ legal team included Timothy Brenton QC and Richard Sarll.