Overview

Jeremy Lightfoot has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice. Jeremy’s clients are based around the world and range from major institutions and insurers to small businesses and individuals.

Jeremy is recommended as a leading junior barrister in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners UK Bar where he is described as a commercial practitioner with a strong shipping practice. Comments include:

'He provides precise analysis of the strengths of a case in clear and effective terms.' (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2016)

‘Bright, accessible and easy to work with.’ (Legal 500 2015)

'He is able to zoom in on the most important issues that affect the case.' (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2015)

'He is very hard-working and committed.' (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2015)

'Focussed and technically able' (Legal 500 2014)

'He is a brilliant blend of legal and commercial acumen.' (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2014)

'He is thorough in his preparation, and well ahead of his peers at his level of call.' (Chambers & Partners 2014)

Education

Jeremy 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.

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.

Personal

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

Jeremy Lightfoot - Commercial

Jeremy’s recent experience includes:

  • Acting for US clients on an international distribution agreement
  • Acting for the insurer in a dispute concerning the terms of a Binding Authority Agreement and ancillary loan agreements
  • Multi-faceted US$30million civil fraud proceedings in Court and arbitration
  • US$9million international fraud
  • Pension fund management dispute acting against a major provider
  • Providing expert evidence on English law for a foreign court as to the construction of high value (US$125million) Refund Guarantees
  • £8million claim concerning the manufacture and supply of pioneering foodstuffs
  • Urgent action (in light of liquidity concerns) to enforce bank guarantees impeded by US sanctions
  • 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
  • High value agency disputes, including issues of authority and commission
  • Appeals from arbitration awards, on behalf of appellants and respondents, including a US$60million appeal from the cancellation of a series of contracts
  • Advising in a dispute concerning motor-racing sponsorship
  • Acting for the middle supplier in a chain dispute concerning defective materials supplied for the construction of 7 high performance racing catamarans
  • Advising on the existence and effect of disputed settlement agreements
  • Acted as junior (to Steven Gee QC) in a substantial joint venture dispute
  • Acting for insurers on a multi-jurisdictional product liability dispute
  • Acting on behalf of the lender in a finance dispute, both at first instance and in the Court of Appeal

For further information, or to request more detailed information regarding Jeremy’s experience, please contact Jeremy’s clerks on 020 7440 6900.

Jeremy Lightfoot - Shipping & International Trade

Jeremy’s recent experience includes:

  • Appearing on behalf of owners in a 1- week arbitration of an unsafe port/unsafe berth dispute.
  • Acting (as junior to Simon Rainey QC) in a multi-faceted US$30million dispute concerning the alleged theft of oil.
  • Acting for an oil major in a claim concerning the documentation for a cargo of Jet A1.
  • Acting (as junior to Timothy Hill QC) on the appeal of a US$70million arbitration award concerning a series of shipbuilding contracts.
  • US$9million dispute regarding the provision and shipment of defective iron ore.
  • 1-week arbitration concerning the fall-out of a Russian ban on the import of frozen poultry.
  • Acting on a series of claims and counterclaims worth approximately US$8million arising out of the re-delivery of vessels under two bareboat charters.
  • Acting on a US$2.5million claim for a vessel's non-compliance with charter description.
  • 1-week LMAA arbitration concerning the non-performance of a second hand ship sale agreement.
  • Acting both as sole and junior counsel on high value grounding claims, including in the River Amazon, the Suez Canal and various new ports.
  • Acting for a product supplier in a tri-partite dispute about the construction of 7 high performance racing catamarans which was resolved by mediation.
  • Advising the owners on the aftermath of an explosion onboard a gas carrier.
  • Acting (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.
  • Acting for salvors, contractors and owners in high value salvage disputes.
  • 2-week arbitration (as junior counsel to Timothy Hill QC) concerning a collapsed MoA for a newbuilding with claims exceeding US$50million.
  • Acting on a series of claims concerning the provision of oil pipeline positioning services, amounting to some US$8million.
  • Providing urgent advice on potential grounds for rejection of a newbuild gas tanker.
  • Acting (as junior counsel) on behalf of the buyers in respect of the potential cancellation of 4 newbuild vessels.
  • Claims for breaches of ship-management agreements and a failure to pay for services supplied to vessels, including acting on behalf of the managers on claims worth US$8million.
  • 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.

For further information, or to request more detailed information regarding Jeremy’s experience, please contact Jeremy’s clerks on 020 7440 6900. 

 

Jeremy Lightfoot - Energy & Natural Resources

Jeremy’s recent experience (all as sole counsel save where a leader is referred to) includes:

  • A series of claims concerning the provision of oil pipeline positioning services, amounting to some US$8million.
  • Acting on behalf of oil majors and buyers on quality disputes, including acting for the respondent supplier in a claim concerning the documentation for a cargo of Jet A1.
  • Acting on behalf of owners in respect of claims exceeding US$7million concerning bareboat charters of tankers for use in oil production logistics.
  • Acting (as junior to Simon Rainey QC) in a multi-faceted US$30million dispute concerning the alleged theft of oil.
  • Advising the owners on the aftermath of an explosion onboard a gas carrier.
  • US$9million dispute regarding the provision and shipment of defective iron ore.
  • Advising on insurance issues arising in offshore construction projects.
  • Cargo claims for delay, short-delivery, non-delivery and contamination, including acting (as junior to Timothy Hill QC) in a 1 week arbitration determining the source of contamination of an oil cargo.

Related publications

‘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'

For further information, or to request more detailed information regarding Jeremy’s experience, please contact Jeremy’s clerks on 020 7440 6900.