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Stuart Shepherd

One of the leading international trade specialists in London, Stuart Shepherd takes on high profile and complex matters for clients across the globe.

Stuart's expertise centres on trade and commodities matters for clients ranging from oil and gas, metals and ores and soft commodities. He has considerable experience acting for and advising traders in a range of trading, contentious trade finance and shipping related matters internationally.

His commercial litigation practice also involves assisting clients from various industries  with complex commercial fraud cases and he has handled some of the biggest fraud cases seen in the London Commercial Court this century including the Fiona Trust litigation; dubbed by “Tradewinds” as “the shipping trial of the decade, if not the century”. 

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Stuart is a well-regarded international trade lawyer who handles a range of hard and soft commodities matters. Clients say that "his work is always diligent and insightful." - Chambers UK 2019

"He is very experienced and talented, with a profound knowledge of the trading and commodities business." - Chambers UK 2019

"He is one of the stand-out lawyers in his area - very experienced, and really at the top of his game; clients flock to him and trust him because he is one of the best." - Legal 500 UK 2018

"An indefatigable and tenacious litigator with an encyclopaedic knowledge of shipping law and an ideal litigator in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases". - Legal 500 UK 2018

"Stuart is noted for his long-standing experience in the physical commodities market. He handles a wide range of contentious cases, including for clients in the oil, gas and metals industries. "He is absolutely brilliant," says one source." - Chambers UK 2018

Stuart Shepherd recently joined RPC from Ince & Co and is "highly experienced in the field and understands the industry extremely well," reports a source. He has considerable experience across the full range of physical commodities, covering oil, gas, coal, metals and others. -  Chambers UK 2017

"A standout lawyer in the commodities area and really at the top of his game", Shepherd is "well known in the commodities space and provides an efficient and appropriate level of service; his direct and no-nonsense approach can be exactly what is required to bring some common sense to a situation"Legal 500 UK 2017

“He helps us a lot with his experience, fast response and suggestions." - Chambers UK 2016

“Stuart Shepherd is “absolutely fantastic, he understands commodities disputes commercially and legally in an instant and is the first port of call for such matters.”” - Legal 500 UK 2015