Head of chambers
Mr Simon Croall KC
We are a leading set of barristers specialising in commercial law. We act as advocates in court, arbitrations and inquiries, and provide specialist legal advice to clients from around the world in a wide range of industry areas. A number of us also act as arbitrators and mediators. Many of us are qualified to practise in other jurisdictions, including Australia, the BVI, California, Germany, Hong Kong, New York and South Africa. Distinguished former members of Quadrant Chambers have gone on to chair high-profile public enquiries, and to sit as judges in the High Court (QBD, Commercial, Administrative and Admiralty Courts), DIFC Courts, European General Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords, Privy Council and UK Supreme Court.
We hold a pre-eminent international position as a commercial disputes set with the majority of our work involving international clients. We have a reputation for excellence, or are market leaders, in our areas of focus: energy, international arbitration, shipping, banking and finance, commodities and international trade, fraud, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, and aviation.
We look for candidates with a very strong academic background. Successful applicants will generally have (or be predicted) a first class degree, and they must have/be predicted at least a high 2.1 to apply. Candidates must have excellent analytical abilities, outstanding written and oral communication skills and the ability to perform under pressure. They must also be able to demonstrate that they have the commitment, energy and robustness to succeed in the competitive world of the Commercial Bar. Successful candidates often read law for their first degree, and an increasing number also have postgraduate law degrees. However, these are not prerequisites. We welcome applications from candidates who have studied any serious academic subject at university.
We offer up to three pupillages of 12 months’ duration each year. We aim to develop in our pupils the skills, knowledge and sound judgment they will need to become successful commercial barristers. During their first and second six months, pupils sit with up to three pupil supervisors and are exposed to a wide range of high quality commercial work. Tenancy decisions are made at the end of June. Pupils also undertake advocacy and written assessments throughout their pupillage.
Quadrant Chambers uses the Pupillage Gateway to manage its applications. Thereafter our process involves a series of interviews. Please see our website for further details.
Mini-pupillages are available in March/April, July, September and December of each year. Places are limited. Please see our website for details.
Award from £75,000, part of which may be advanced during the BPTC year. Pupils also have the opportunity to do fee-earning work during their second six.
Admiralty & shipping
Shipping law is one of the oldest and most developed branches of commercial law.
An aviation barrister will be used in disputes from everything from aircraft leasing and insurance to disasters, hijackings and theft.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes by way of litigation, mediation, adjudication or arbitration.
European Union and international
Employment barristers may appear before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, international tribunals and domestic courts.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.