HH Nicholas Chambers QC

Since retiring from the Bench in 2012, His Honour Nicholas Chambers QC has developed his practice as an Arbitrator and Mediator and now regularly accepts appointments.

He is a former Mercantile Judge for Wales and regularly sat in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, Technology and Construction Court and Queen’s Bench Division. He was authorised to sit in the Admiralty Court.

He was CEDR accredited as a mediator in 1999 and is a member of the LCIA, the Baltic Exchange and the Civil Mediation Council. He is a supporting member of the LMAA. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Experience at the Bar

Commercial Law: Wide variety of commercial cases including leading counsel in Kuwait Airways Corporation litigation. Acted for most of the clearing banks as well as other major banks including acting in interest rate swaps litigation. He acted for the International Tin Council in the litigation following its collapse.

Regulatory: Acted for major insurance companies in regulatory matters as well as representing individual associations and regulators

Media: Acted for a number of television companies

Construction and similar work: Cases included ICC arbitrations, work for British Coal and major international arbitration concerning Italian power generating industry.

Personal Injury: Acted for British Coal in Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease litigation and in respect of claims for noise induced hearing loss.

Shipping: Numerous Shipping cases both Arbitration and Commercial Court – Construction, Sale, Charterparties and Carriage of Goods

Commodities: Involved with many types of commodities – leading Counsel in International Tin Corporation litigation, leading Counsel in Derby v Weldon.

Some Cases:

Sarrio v Kuwait Investment Authority [1999] 1 AC 32 (Brussels Convention); Kuwait Airways Corp v Iraqi Airways Co [1995] 1 WLR 1147 HL (State immunity, non-justiciability, service on foreign corporation, service on foreign State); Little v Courage Ltd [1995] CLC 164 (implied terms in unilateral contracts); Seaconsar Far East Ltd v Bank Markazi [1994] 1 AC 438 (principles governing Common Law service out of the jurisdiction); The Vistafjord [1988] 2 Ll. Rep. 343 (estoppel by convention); Societe Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale v Lee Kui Jak [1987] AC 871 (principles governing restraint of foreign proceedings); Dallal v Bank Mellat [1986] QB 441 (estoppel per rem judicatum, issue estoppel); Dow Banking Corp v Mahnak Spinning & Weaving Corp [1983] 2 Ll. Rep 561 (waiver); The Selene G [1981] 2 Ll. Rep 180 (construction of Norwegian Saleform)

Experience on the Bench

Sat in a great variety of cases of all kinds of complexity and value including banking, insurance, reinsurance, shipping, professional negligence, equitable relief and challenges to jurisdiction.

You can find further information on the Brick Court Chambers website.