Jeremy Lightfoot

Call: 2006

MA (Hons) Oxford


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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Shipping & Maritime Law
  • Sale of Goods & Commodities
  • Insurance & Re-insurance
  • Banking & Finance
  • Civil Fraud
  • International Commercial Arbitration

Jeremy has a broad commercial practice, with a particular specialty in shipping and maritime matters. Jeremy undertakes advisory and drafting work for both court and arbitration proceedings, as well as appearing regularly for appeals, trials, CMCs and interim applications. Jeremy’s clients are based around the world and range from major financial institutions and insurers to small businesses and individuals.

Jeremy is recommended in Chambers & Partners 2014 and Legal 500 as a leading junior barrister, comments include:

"He is a brilliant blend of legal and commercial acumen."(Chambers & Partners 2013)
"He is thorough in his preparation, and well ahead of his peers at his level of call." (Chambers & Partners 2013)
"Focussed and technically able" (Legal 500 2014)
"He is able to zoom in on the most important issues that affect the case." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
"He is very hard-working and committed." (Chambers & Partners 2014)


Jeremy Lightfoot was a law scholar at New College, Oxford, graduating in 2005. He was awarded the highest Lincoln’s Inn scholarship for his Bar Vocational Course, the Lord Mansfield Scholarship, together with the Hardwicke Entrance Award. Jeremy was graded ‘Outstanding’ in his bar school exams, in recognition of which he was awarded a Buchanan prize. He was named ‘Student of the Year’ by Lincoln’s Inn and was called to the Bar in 2006

Prior to Oxford, Jeremy attended Leeds Grammar School and subsequently Winchester College on a combined academic and music exhibition.

Recent Cases: Shipping & Commodities:

  • Geden Operations Ltd v Dry Bulk Handy Holding Inc (the M/V "Bulk Uruguay") [2014] EWHC 885 (Comm) [2014] 2 Lloyd's Rep 66, acted (as junior to Timothy Hill QC) for the successful Owners at first instance and on appeal in a case concerning transits of the Gulf of Aden and the contractual consequences of an anticipated refusal to comply with a charterers' orders.
  • Sanders Trading Inc v BP Oil International Ltd, acted as sole counsel for the respondent supplier in a claim concerning the documentation for a cargo of Jet A1.
  • 1-week LMAA arbitration (as sole counsel) concerning the non-performance of a second hand ship sale agreement.
  • Acted (as junior to Timothy Hill QC) on appeal of a US$70million arbitration award concerning a series of shipbuilding contracts.
  • 1-week arbitration (as sole counsel) concerning the fall-out of a Russian ban on the import of frozen poultry.
  • Acted (as junior to Elizabeth Blackburn QC) for the claimants in arbitration proceedings concerning the damage to a vessel's tanks by reason of an acid cargo.
  • US$9million dispute (as sole counsel) regarding the provision and shipment of defective iron ore.
  • Acting (as junior to Simon Rainey QC) in a US$30million claim concerning the alleged theft of oil.
  • 2-week arbitration (as junior counsel to Timothy Hill QC) concerning a collapsed MoA for a newbuilding with claims exceeding US$50million.
  • Acted (as sole counsel) for a product supplier in a tri-partite dispute about the construction of 7 high performance racing catamarans which was resolved by mediation.
  • A series of claims and counterclaims worth approximately US$8million arising out of the re-delivery of vessels under two bareboat charters.
  • A series of claims concerning the provision of oil pipeline positioning services, amounting to some US$8million (sole counsel).
  • High value grounding claims, including in the River Amazon, the Suez Canal and Port Sudan.
  • An involved "misnomer" arbitration application (as junior counsel to Charles Kimmins QC).
  • US$2.5million claim for a vessel's non-compliance with charter description.
  • Advising on insurance issues in a wide variety of contexts, including in particular marine and off-shore construction.
  • Demurrage claims, NOR issues and off-hire disputes, including a recent US$2million dispute concerning delayed discharge and a US$1million claim for detention by port authorities.
  • Claims for breaches of ship-management agreements and a failure to pay for services supplied to vessels.
  • Cargo claims for delay, short-delivery, non-delivery and contamination, including in particular the contamination of jet fuel and the short-delivery of oil cargoes.
  • Dealing with the aftermath of a fraudulent claim for collision damage to vessels, including setting aside the adverse costs orders by reason of fraud (reported at [2010] 2 Lloyd's Rep. 247) and the successful application to displace privilege and secure disclosure from the underwriters ([2011] 1 Lloyd's Rep 291, [2011] Lloyd's Rep. IR 220).

Recent Cases: Commercial:

  • £8million dispute concerning an international manufacturing/supply agreement.
  • US$9million arbitration concerning the international supply of goods.
  • Acted as junior (to Steven Gee QC) in a substantial joint venture dispute.
  • Acted as sole counsel on a dispute concerning a loan facility agreed as part of a Binding Authority Agreement.
  • A multi-faceted dispute arising out of a large-scale residential and commercial property development comprising more than 100 properties.
  • Hire purchase agreements for business equipment, including providing urgent assistance regarding the repossession of manufacturing equipment worth £2.5million.
  • Advising on product liability claims arising out of alleged defective electrical components in household appliances.
  • Supply chain manufacturing agreements for the food industry.
  • Advising on insurance issues in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Acting for a bank in relation to the alleged loss of a high value safety deposit box.
  • Succeeding at trial for a distribution company claiming damages against a record company.
  • International fraud concerning vintage cars purchased on the internet.
  • High value and complex mortgage applications, trials and appeals for both commercial and residential property, including fraudulently obtained mortgages, allegations of undue influence, overriding interests and disputed mortgage administrative charges. Jeremy appeared for the lender at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in the reported case of First Plus v Hewett ([2010] 2 FLR 177; [2010] 23 EG 108).

Seminars,  Publications & Memberships:

‘Offshore Contracts and Liabilities', Informa (2015), co-author of chapter on ‘Wilful misconduct and gross negligence exclusions in knock-for-knock provisions in offshore contracts'

Member of the Commercial Bar Association, the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association and Lincoln's Inn.


Jeremy has a keen interest in motorsport in all its guises.