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Dimitri Vassos heads the team at HFW. The firm acts for some of the largest shipping companies in the region, as well as insurers, international salvors and shipyards. Dimitris Exarchou and Electra Panayotopoulos are also recommended.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘performance has been excellent’, and the four-partner team remains a popular choice for shipping litigation. Practice head Patrick Hawkins is highly recommended, as are Maria Moisidou, Timon Karamanos and Andrew Dyer. The firm recently represented Machrimar Shipmanagement and American Defence Club in a $20m High Court trial with important ramifications on maritime insurance law.

Ince & Co has a ‘good team on the English law side with a wide variety of expertise’. Recent mandates include representing the owners of the tanker, STI Pimlico, in a $20m damages claim following its collision with a cruise ship in the Dardanelles. Among the partners, Stuart Francis is considered ‘the best UK admiralty practitioner in Greece’. Other key partners include disputes head George Iatridis, and managing partner Antonis Lagadianos, who demonstrates ‘a real commitment to achieving needed results in a timely manner’.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘a number one shipping litigation firm’, and its ‘highly professional team has good shipping insight’. The team includes John Liberopoulos, who ‘provides good guidance through complex legal issues’ and has a ‘good connection with Greek shipowners’. Recent cases include representing Equinox Maritime, the owners of Ton Hill II, and the ship’s insurers, in a dispute with the owners of the Western Seattle following the collision of the vessels in Bangladesh. Marie Kelly has relocated to the firm's London office.

The lawyers at Thomas Cooper International are ‘excellent on all fronts’, ‘very experienced in marine law’ and ‘do their utmost to produce the best result for their client’. Douglas Bateson is praised for his ‘in-depth legal knowledge coupled with an understanding of commercial considerations’. Also recommended are Dimitris Anassis, for his ‘quick understanding of issues coupled with fast responses’, and the ‘very experienced, hardworking and intelligent’ Ioanna Vitta.

Clyde & Co LLP’s high-calibre marine disputes practice includes Martin Hall, who heads the marine casualty department, and Alex McIntosh, who handles dry claims. The firm recently advised Five Oceans Salvage on the grounding and refloating of a vessel off Mauritius.

Vangelis Bairactaris is the key contact at G E Bairactaris & Partners, which represents several major shipowners in maritime disputes.

PPT Legal (formerly V&P Law Firm) has a long track record handling shipping disputes. Milto Papangelis is recommended.

Disputes partner Konstantinos Papadiamantis at PotamitisVekris Law Firm has a good track record. Clients include Eurobulk, Minerva Marine and Chemnav Shipmanagement.

Reed Smith LLP’s shipping litigation lawyers are ‘very proficient and efficient in their work, with prompt response times and a strong team offering top-shelf service’. Team head George Panagopoulos has ‘considerable experience of Greek and English law and is easy to work with’. The firm recently acted for the owners of the Achilleas and their P&I Club in a claim before the English High Court.

Sarantitis continues to represent the insurers of the Alexandros T in an ongoing $184m claim before the Court of Appeal. Eleni Papakosta leads the team, which includes litigation partner Alexandros Metaxas.

Theo Sioufas is the lead partner at Theo V. Sioufas & Co. Law Offices, which has a strong reputation for wet and dry shipping disputes.

Timagenis Law Firm has a strong track record representing clients on shipping disputes in the Greek courts. Gregory Timagenis is recommended.

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