Luke is a Commercial silk whose practice encompasses insurance and reinsurance, international trade, energy, sale of goods, banking, commercial contracts, and shipping. Shipping Silk of the Year at the Legal 500 Awards 2018 and Chambers UK Bar Awards, 2014, Luke is ranked by Chambers UK. Legal 500 UK, Chambers Global and the Legal 500 Asia Pacific legal directories. He has been described by the directories as: “He’s at the top of his game, extremely able, bright and personable. He has an exceptional ability to present a case to both clients and the bench.” (Chambers UK Bar 2020); ‘Has a brilliant mind combined with an engaging personality and has the ability to find out-of-the-box solutions to the most complex legal issues.’ (Legal 500 2019)“…Luke Parsons is exceptional. He is very commercially minded and will go the extra mile.” (Chambers UK 2018).
Luke is often called in to handle the highest value, most complex claims, involving coordinating large teams of experts and has acted on many precedent-setting cases in the High Court, and Court of Appeal. Current examples of his work as counsel include an ICC arbitration seated in Paris concerning a road construction case and a massive and complex LCIA Arbitration in the energy sector, worth over $500 million.
Given the frequently international dimension of his practice, Luke has extensive experience in dealing with foreign law and multi-jurisdictional disputes. In particular he frequently acts in arbitrations with a cross-border element and is experienced in making applications to the High Court in support of English arbitrations and also in support of foreign arbitrations in the English courts and advises on the enforcement of awards under the New York Convention.
Before coming to the Bar, Luke worked with a firm of international Lloyd’s brokers and then with a multi-national underwriting company. This experience in the London and International Markets assists with his practical and commercial approach to disputes whilst maintaining the intellectual rigour for which he is well-known.