Jeremy Lightfoot

Call: 2006

BA (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 as a leading junior barrister, comments include:

“He is a brilliant blend of legal and commercial acumen.”

“He is thorough in his preparation, and well ahead of his peers at his level of call.”

Jeremy is also recommended in Legal 500 as a leading junior barrister.


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:

  • 1-week LMAA arbitration (as sole counsel) concerning the non-performance of a second hand ship sale agreement.
  • US$9million dispute regarding the provision and shipment of defective iron ore.
  • 2-week arbitration (as junior counsel to Timothy Hill QC) concerning a collapsed MoA for a newbuilding with claims exceeding US$50million.
  • 1-week arbitration (as sole counsel) concerning the fall-out of a Russian ban on the import of frozen poultry.
  • 1-week arbitration (as junior counsel) concerning transits of the Gulf of Aden.
  • Jeremy 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.
  • Jeremy is acting (as junior counsel) on high value disputes arising out the cancellation of a series of newbuild vessels.
  • A series of claims concerning the provision of oil pipeline positioning services, amounting to some US$8million.
  • 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).

Recent Cases: Commercial:

  • £8million dispute concerning an international manufacturing/supply agreement.
  • US$9million arbitration concerning the international supply of goods.
  • A multi-faceted dispute arising out of a large-scale residential and commercial property development comprising more than 100 properties.
  • 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).
  • Hire purchase agreements for business equipment, including providing urgent assistance regarding the repossession of manufacturing equipment worth £2.5million.
  • 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.

Seminars & Publications:

Jeremy presented a paper in September 2013 (co-written with Elizabeth Blackburn QC) to the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law’s Ninth Annual International Colloquium on Maritime Law: Off-Shore Contracts and Liabilities. The paper is due for publication by Informa in 2014.


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

Lightfoot, Jeremy

Current Lectures

Excluding knock for knock: wilful default and gross negligence in offshore contracts

Improving your "Act" Appeal: trends in successful Arbitration Act appeals


Contact details

Stone Chambers
4 Field Court, Gray's Inn, London WC1R 5EF
LDE 483
T: +44(0)20 7440 6900
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