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

"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 - Shipping & International Trade

Jeremy’s experience (all as sole counsel save where a leader is referred to) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • An involved "misnomer" arbitration application (as junior counsel to Charles Kimmins QC).
  • Advising on insurance issues in a wide variety of contexts, including in particular marine and off-shore construction.
  • Charterparty disputes, including demurrage claims, NOR issues, off-hire disputes, withdrawal, cancellation and termination, recent examples including a 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, including acting on behalf of the managers on claims worth US$8million.
  • Cargo claims for delay, short-delivery, non-delivery and contamination.
  • Disputes arising concerning the form of Bills of Lading and the failure to sign the same.
  • Issues arising in chain charterparties, including allocation of cargo claims under the Inter-Club Agreement and the responsibility for costs.
  • Advising on the efficacy of the exercise of call options for the purchase of a series of vessels worth in excess of US$40million.
  • Advising on quantification of loss in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Advising (as an expert on English law for a foreign court) on the effect of high value Refund Guarantees.
  • Appeals from arbitration awards, on behalf of appellants and respondents, including a US$60million appeal from the cancellation of a series of contracts.
  • Dealing (as junior counsel to Timothy Hill QC) 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).

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

Jeremy Lightfoot - Commercial

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

  • £8million dispute concerning an international manufacturing/supply agreement.
  • US$9million arbitration concerning the international supply of goods.
  • High value agency disputes, including issues of authority and commission.
  • Advising on the existence and effect of disputed settlement agreements.
  • Advising in a dispute concerning motor-racing sponsorship.
  • Acting for insurers on a multi-jurisdictional product liability dispute.
  • Advising on the efficacy of non-compete clauses in respect of a chemical production new venture.
  • International fraud concerning vintage cars purchased on the internet.
  • Acted as junior (to Steven Gee QC) in a substantial joint venture dispute.
  • 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.
  • Appeals from arbitration awards, on behalf of appellants and respondents, including a US$60million appeal from the cancellation of a series of contracts.
  • Supply chain manufacturing and distribution agreements for the food industry.
  • Acting for the underwriter in a dispute concerning the terms of a Binding Authority Agreement.
  • Advising on insurance issues in a wide variety of contexts, including in particular marine and off-shore construction.
  • Acting for a distribution company claiming damages against a record company.
  • Advising on the efficacy of the exercise of purchase options.
  • Acting on behalf of the lender in a finance dispute, both at first instance and in the Court of Appeal [2010] 2 FLR 177; [2010] 23 EG 108.
  • Advising on quantification of loss in a wide variety of contexts.

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.