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David Brown

T: +44 20 7809 2199 M: +44 7568 111 411 Email David | Vcard Office: London

David Brown Senior associate

Contact details

David Brown

David Brown
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2199 M: +44 7568 111 411 Email David | Vcard Office: London

David specialises in international trade and has extensive experience covering commodities and shipping disputes, physical transactions and the regulation of commodity derivatives trading and markets.
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David acts for a broad range of clients including oil majors, state-owned oil companies, banks, independent traders and P&I clubs. He has represented clients in numerous High Court and arbitration proceedings, principally under sale and purchase agreements and charterparties.  He has completed two secondments with an oil major.

David’s non contentious work includes advising, delivering training and drafting compliance materials relating to market abuse, EMIR, MiFID and other regulation affecting commodity derivatives and physical commodities trading.

“David Brown is ‘speedy, precise and professional’ in his handling of disputes”

The Legal 500 UK 2014

  • Marine and international trade
  • Shipping litigation
  • Commodities

Secondments to an oil major

Two secondments to the shipping and trading arm of an oil major, for around nine months in total.

Russian oil company – High court claim

Acting for the Swiss trading arm of a Russian oil company in a High court claim for recovery of tax liabilities under sale and purchase contract indemnities.

Swiss metals trader – UNCITRAL arbitration

Acting for a Swiss metals trader in an UNICTRAL arbitration arising out non-delivery of steel coils and related recovery under a credit insurance policy.

Bunker supplier – counterparty default

Acting for a UK and Singapore based bunker supplier on issues arising out of counterparty default.

More: Marine and international trade

Hedging losses – High Court claim

Acting for an oil major in a High Court claim for hedging-related losses on an oil cargo arising out of vessel breakdown and delayed delivery.

Vessel damage – LMAA arbitrations

Acting for the producer and shipper of phosphoric acid cargoes in arbitration claims for damage to chemical tankers.

Vessel detention – LMAA arbitration

Acting for a Swiss oil trader in an arbitration relating to a large demurrage claim arising from the detention of a vessel in Nigeria.

Expert witness – shipping dispute

Acting as an expert witness on English law issues in a shipping dispute in the Panamanian court.

Market conduct and regulatory compliance

Providing advice, compliance materials and training on regulatory matters including MAR, EMIR and MiFID II to a number of large oil and gas companies.

Supply of gasoline - term contract defaults

Acting for the trading arm of a state-owned oil company in relation to defaults under a term contract with a refinery. Issues included the effect of a freezing injunction, recovery from a guarantor and under a credit insurance policy and the effect of local insolvency law.

Warehouse fraud

Acting for a leading multinational in a dispute arising out of an apparent warehouse fraud affecting a chain of sale and purchase contracts.

Oil general terms and conditions

Drafting general terms and conditions for the sale and purchase of crude oil and products for a leading North American oil and gas company.

Supply of coal to a power station

Advising on coal sale and purchase and storage/handling contracts for a coal-fired power station.

More: Commodities

  • International trade
  • Oil and gas

Warehouse fraud

Acting for a leading multinational in a dispute arising out of an apparent warehouse fraud affecting a chain of sale and purchase contracts.

Vessel damage

Acting for the producer and shipper of phosphoric acid cargoes in arbitration claims for damage to chemical tankers.

Sale contract indemnities

Acting for the Swiss trading arm of a Russian oil company in a High court claim for recovery of tax liabilities under sale and purchase contract indemnities.

Non-delivery of steel coils

Acting for a Swiss metals trader in an UNICTRAL arbitration arising out non-delivery of steel coils and related recovery under a credit insurance policy.

Market conduct and regulatory compliance

Providing advice, compliance materials and training on regulatory matters including MAR, EMIR and MiFID II to a number of large oil and gas companies.

Supply of gasoline - term contract defaults

Acting for the trading arm of a state-owned oil company in relation to defaults under a term contract with a refinery. Issues included the effect of a freezing injunction, recovery from a guarantor and under a credit insurance policy and the effect of local insolvency law.

Hedging losses – High Court claim

Acting for an oil major in a High Court claim for hedging-related losses on an oil cargo arising out of vessel breakdown and delayed delivery.

Secondments to an oil major

Two secondments to the shipping and trading arm of an oil major, for around nine months in total.

Oil general terms and conditions

Drafting general terms and conditions for the sale and purchase of crude oil and products for a leading North American oil and gas company.

More: Oil and gas

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