Craig Morrison practises in all areas of Commercial litigation and arbitration. He has acted for the successful parties in some of the most high-profile commercial disputes of the last decade, including the Ingenious Litigation, Libyan Investment Authority v. Societe Generale and UBS v. KWL. He has also acted unled in several substantial High Court trials and arbitration hearings, and has significant experience cross-examining both factual and expert witnesses.
In 2020 he was nominated as Banking Law Junior of the Year by Chambers & Partners and as Commercial Litigation Junior of the Year by the Legal 500. He earlier appeared as one of Legal Week’s “Stars at the Bar” in 2016, being described as “one of the outstanding intellects at the junior Bar; he has a remarkable ability to master law and facts and to present them in a clear and persuasive way.”
Before coming to the bar Craig studied law at Cambridge University, where he graduated with the top first in his year. He subsequently studied at Harvard University and taught commercial law at Cambridge.
Particular cases and practice areas in which Craig has acted are set out below.
General Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
Cases in which Craig has been instructed include:
Craig has been instructed in a number of leading banking and finance cases, including some of the key cases arising out of the credit crunch. In addition to the recent cases set out above, these include:
Craig has provided opinions and advice in a broad range of insurance and reinsurance disputes, for both insurers and claimants. Particular cases he has acted in or is currently instructed in include:
Craig has acted in a range of shipping disputes that have gone to arbitration, including wet and dry claims and charterparty disputes. These include acting for the Defendants in Cargill International SA v. Afra General Trading, a series of claims arising out of shipments of grain and sugar to Iran, in the High Court and in related arbitration proceedings (with Richard Lord QC). He recently provided an expert opinion on English law for Lloyds Register, in relation to an ongoing shipping dispute before the Courts of Panama.
2003-2006 B.A., Cambridge University (First Class, top first in the year)
2006-2007 LL.M., Cambridge University (First Class)
2007-2008 Supervisor in Commercial Law, Cambridge University
2007-2008 BVC, BPP Law School (Outstanding)
2008-2009 LL.M., Harvard University
2009-2010 Pupillage, Brick Court Chambers
2010-present Tenant, Brick Court Chambers
Scholarships and Prizes
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Slaughter and May Prize (for the top first in the year in Part II)
Norton Rose Prize (for the top first in Commercial Law)
Gareth Jones Prize (for the top first in the Law of Restitution)
James William Squire Scholarship
ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
The Winfield, Wright, Hughes and Malcolm Prizes
Winner of the Rosamund Smith Mooting Competition
Ede & Ravenscroft Prize (for speaking performance in the Rosamund Smith Competition final)
Certificate of Honour (for outstanding performance on the BVC)