Ben has a broad international practice, with particular emphasis on commodities, insurance / reinsurance and shipping.

His shipping practices encompasses charterparty and bill of lading claims, shipbuilding and ship finance disputes. Recent cases include The Maersk Tangier [2017] 1 Lloyd's Rep 580, the first English case on package limitation for containerised cargoes under the Hague-Visby Rules and The Aqasia [2016] 2 Lloyd's Rep 510, holding that Article IV Rule 5 of the Hague Rules does not apply to bulk cargoes. Ben appeared at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in Volcafe Limited v. CSAV [2017] 1 Lloyd's Rep 32, concerning the inherent vice defence and burden of proof in cargo claims.

Ben acts in a full range of marine and non-marine insurance/reinsurance claims. He appeared in Beazley Underwriting v. Al Ahleia Insurance Company [2013] 1 Lloyd's Rep IR 561, a leading case on the operation of claims control clauses where a reinsurance market is divided, and in A v. B, an arbitration arising out of the purported avoidance of a quota share energy treaty on the basis of an allegation that risks ceded to the treaty had been compressed by the use of facultative excess of loss reinsurance.

Ben’s commodities work covers a wide range of hard and soft commodities disputes with particular experience of oil and gas, coal and steel, rice, sugar, grains, and oils and fats. Ben frequently works closely with solicitors and trade representatives to assist in the presentation of cases in trade association arbitrations.

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Contact details

020 7583 4444 / benjamin.coffer

Areas of Practice

  • Year Qualified



    B.A. in English Literature, St John’s College, Oxford (First Class)
    Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law (Distinction)
    Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding)


    LMAA Supporting Member
    LCIA Young International Arbitration Group