Sir Nigel Teare sat as a judge of the Queen’s Bench Division from 2006 until his retirement from the High Court bench on 30 September 2020. He now accepts appointments as arbitrator.
Sir Nigel has had an exceptional career first as counsel and then as a High Court Judge. In 2011 he was nominated the Admiralty judge. He was appointed judge in charge of the Commercial Court from October 2017 until his retirement. He has decided many of the most high-profile cases of recent years across many different business sectors.
Most recently, in 2019-2020 he decided which of two claimants to the Presidency of Venezuela was entitled to give instructions to the Bank of England regarding Venezuela’s gold reserves (Deutsche Bank and Bank of England v Central Bank of Venezuela  EWHC 1721 (Comm), who was party to a shareholders’ agreement concerning a valuable site in central Moscow (Filatona and Deripaska v Navigator and Chernukhin  EWHC 173 (Comm), whether a shipowner had scuttled his ship by arranging for it to be attacked by persons pretending to be pirates (Suez Fortune v Talbot Underwriting  EWHC 259 (Comm), whether Liverpool Football Club was entitled to have Nike sponsor its football shirts (New Balance Athletics v Liverpool FC  EWHC 2837 (Comm) and whether a defective passage plan rendered a vessel unseaworthy (Alise 1954 v Allianz  EWHC 481 (Admlty).
Since 2020 he has been appointed arbitrator in over 50 disputes in the commercial, financial and maritime sectors.
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High Court Judge 2006-2020
Practice at the Bar 1975-2006 in Commercial and Admiralty matters
Selection of cases decided in the Commercial and Admiralty Courts
Contractual disputes between men of business:
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Collisions at sea
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