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HFW is considered a ‘market leader for marine casualty work’, the team is praised for its ‘holistic approach’, and it is active across a range of commercial, logistics, marine insurance, collisions, losses, piracy, regulatory, cyber and technology mandates, and is also noted for its yacht experience. Highlights include acting for PAO Sovcomflot in a case brought against PDVSA in relation to hire claims and other sums due under charterparties for the carriage of various oil products. It also represents Lomar Shipping and its insurers in relation to the 2017 grounding and actual total loss of a container ship on her maiden voyage on a coral reef off Noumea, New Caledonia and is representing Evalend Shipping & Trading and its insurers on the seizure of product tanker and her entire crew by the Libyan authorities. Craig Neame is the global head of the shipping practice and an expert on container shipping and terminal matters. Sanctions expert Daniel Martin heads the regulatory shipping team. Andrew Chamberlain handles collisions, groundings, catastrophes and salvage and heads the admiralty and crisis management team. Other key figures include Paul Dean, who is noted for offshore work; George Eddings, who provides ‘quick, accurate and succinct advice, while always keeping in mind the underlying commercial issues’; Richard Neylon, who is ‘very smart, hardworking and very commercial’ and handles wet and dry disputes; Elinor Dautlich, who advises on shipping contracts; Matt Illingworth, who handles disputes; Jonathan Webb, who is noted for his experience in dry work; and Richard Mabane, who specialises in shipping litigation. David Morriss, Rory Butler and Jean Koh are also recommended, as are recently promoted partner Alex Kemp, consultants James Gosling and Hugh Livingstone, Jim Cashman, and senior associates Emilie Bokor-Ingram and Sally Buckley .  

Ince is a ‘fantastic shipping firm’ which boasts ‘in-depth expertise’ across wet and dry shipping. It handles major casualties, high-profile maritime disputes, regulatory matters and transactions. The team also stands out for its yachts experience. Headline work includes advising oil tanker Alnic MC, and its owner, Energetic Tank, in connection with a major collision that occurred between it and a U.S. Navy destroyer; representing Great Eastern Shipping and North of England P&I Club in $30m proceedings in the UAE and London as a result of  a collision of an LNG carrier and another tanker in the Gulf of Oman; and representing Teekay LNG Partners on a $110m case involving the termination of six long-term bare boat charters and the repossession of the vessels.  The team also represented Gard in a high-profile $170m unsafe port claim, the Ocean Victory. Key figures include global shipping head Faz Peermohamed, who has ‘fantastic experience’; Michael Volikas, who handles commercial disputes for shipping sector clients; Ian Chetwood, who handles contentious wet and dry work; Christian Dwyer, who is global head of the firm’s admiralty and casualty response team; ‘first-rate’ litigator Jeremy Biggs; and Will Marshall, who is global head of trade. Also noted are Duncan Bateson, who advises on superyachts and commercial shipping mandates, Simon Spark, Fionna Gavin and Chris Kidd. Paul Herring has relocated to the firm's Piraeus office, while Kevin Cooper has joined MFB, David Richards has joined The North of England P&I Association and Jonathan Elvey has left the firm.

The ‘extremely able’ department at Reed Smith LLP offers an ‘excellent service’ across its shipping practice. It handles a range of wet and dry work, with experience across casualty and admiralty work; as well as shipbuilding, charterparty, bill of lading, MOA, shipbuilding and FFA disputes. Headline matters include advising the shipowners in a dispute for damage caused after a vessel hit a jetty in the Bahamas while under the navigation of a local pilot; and advising on a major salvage and wreck removal operation in the South Pacific Ocean. Global head of shipping Nick Shaw is ‘superb’; Richard Gunn heads the casualty department; Andrew Taylor is a ‘brilliant lawyer’; Charles Weller has ‘vast experience’; Stephen Kirkpatrick has ‘great knowledge’; litigator Alex Andrews leads the Korea group; Marcus Dodds handles high-profile wet and dry disputes; Jeb Clulow is ‘excellent’ on major dry disputes; and Sally-Ann Underhill is active across charterparty, bill of lading and ship management cases. William Howard and recently promoted partner Antonia Panayides is also a key figure, as are counsel Alexander Sandiforth and consultant Lindsay East. Charles Brown has joined Steamship Mutual.

Clyde & Co LLP stands out for its ‘strength-in-depth’ , its ‘market muscle’ and for its ‘up to date, agile, commercially focused and committed service’. The firm's expertise spans wet and dry work, and contentious and non-contentious mandates; and it is particularly known for its experience in charterparty disputes, cross-border disputes, marine insurance claims and coverage, collision and salvage, cargo claims, transactional matters, shipbuilding, maritime personal injury, offshore, sanctions and superyachts. It is acting for Alpine Eternity and Britannia P&I Club on the claims management process after the vessel collided with Iranian-owned oil rig in 2015; is acting for Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company as insurers of the cargo carried on the Maersk Tangier which examines the limitation of liability for claims for loss or damage to cargo carried in containers on board a vessel; and it represented Nautical Challenge on the collision between the oil tanker Alexandra 1 and container vessel, Ever Smart. Among the team; Andrew Preston is ‘good at identifying the tactical angles’; David Bennet specialises in dispute resolution and international arbitration; Edward Mills-Webb is active on commodity, charterparty and bill of lading disputes; Martin Hall specialises in maritime law and arbitration; Nick Austin is ‘approachable’; Simon Culhane is ‘brilliant’; Irvine Marr is active on wet and dry matters; cargo casualty head Jai Sharma is ‘very experienced and approachable’; Elizabeth Turnbull is ‘always on top of the key issues’; and Hatty Sumption is ‘very clever and nothing slips under her radar’. Simon Jackson; Andrew Nicholas; Rob Collins and Fanos Theophani are also key members of the team, as are legal director Bethan Bradley , who is ‘good on the interplay between shipping and insolvency’, and senior associates James Kennedy and Thomas Kelly. Stephen Mackin and Jessica Maitra recently joined the team from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

The team of ‘brilliant legal minds’ at Hill Dickinson LLP offers ‘precise and commercially-orientated’ advice. It is active across wet and dry work and its clients include ship owners, charterers, port and terminal operators, shipyards, P&I clubs, underwriters and traders and insurers and reinsurers. It is defending The Lion Group on a $20m dispute alleging non-performance of a long term contract of affreightment and is representing Lakatamia Shipping Company on a judgement enforcement matter. Global shipping head Julian Clark ‘always offers alternative strategies and guides the client in case-handling’. Other key figures include Adrian Marsh, who heads the cargo and logistics team; Tony Allen, who heads the yachts team; Jeff Isaacs, who is head of commodities and international trade; the 'experienced' David Pitlarge; Fred Konynenburg, who is ‘precise and to the point’; consultant and admiralty law expert Robert Wallis, who has particular expertise in salvage and collision matters; Russell Gardner, who handles dry shipping disputes and is experienced in cases involving superyachts; Philip Haddon, who handles casualty disputes; Ian Maclean, who is experienced in casualty claims; the ‘very experienced’ Tony Swinnerton; and Lewis Moore. Siiri Duddington recently joined from Campbell Johnston Clark, as did senior associate Winnie Mah and legal director Tom Burdass. Justin Draeger  has joined Mays Brown, Rhys Clift has joined Thomas Cooper LLP.

Specialist shipping firm MFB is ‘commercial in terms of its turnaround of work and advice’; the team is ‘strong on the law and creative in its approach’. Its expertise is ‘vast’ and spans casualty response work, dry shipping, superyachts, shipbuilding, logistics and insurance. Headline work includes representing Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha on an unsafe ports dispute in the Supreme Court and representing cargo owners Bechtel in an arbitration case following the sinking of the Atlantik Confidence. Edward Gray heads the ‘exceptional’ team, which includes Andrew Hughes, who is regularly instructed on disputes in the Far East; the ‘excellent’ Asad Naqvi; Gerard Hopkins, who specialises in shipping litigation; Ian Hawkes, who handles maritime disputes; Mark Seward, who regularly advises on cases arising out of charterparty and bill of lading contracts; Simon Wolsey, who has the ‘ability to rapidly review the details of dispute in question and provide very clear prompt advice and recommendations’; Eduardo Prim , who is praised for his ‘impressive ability to swiftly review complex legal questions, summarise them in an understandable manner and find solutions’; and  recently promoted partner Helene Peter-Davies. Key hires include associate Matthew Montgomery, who ‘immediately grasps the matter’, and Kevin Cooper, who joined from Ince; and Nicholas Wilson, who joined from Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless. Andrew Wright has retired.

Stephenson Harwood is a ‘friendly and approachable firm’ which has ‘excellent attention to detail and logistical acumen’ and is noted for its experience in high-value and complex shipping disputes. The team acted for the successful shipowners in a Supreme Court decision arising out of the seizure of the vessel MV Longchamp by Somali pirates and represented Commerzbank in a case which examined shipping loan agreements. It is also acting for PDVSA group companies in a number of shipping disputes. Head of marine and international trade Mike Phillips is ‘outstanding’; Nick Barber is noted for his ‘admiralty expertise, his brilliant investigative knowledge and experience’; Stuart Beadnall regularly advises on the maritime aspects of the oil and gas industry; Paolo Ghirardani is ‘simply brilliant’; Cristan Evans is ‘very professional, responsive and delivers a high-quality service’; Alex Davis leads the marine insurance and marine and casualty response groups; Tony Concagh is ‘extremely knowledgeable’; Sean Gibbons is noted for his experience in acting for Korean shipowners and shipyards in disputes; and Ingolf Kaiser is ‘very experienced. Simon Moore, Max Lemanski, Duncan McDonald, Haris Zografakis and senior associate Tom Adams are also key members of the team. Menelaus Kouzoupis recently joined from HFW.

Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless is a firm that solely focuses on maritime and insurance law and it is noted for its ‘deep knowledge of shipping’. It handles a range of contentious and non-contentious work, and highlights included acting for the shipowners in a €3.5m case which examined the proper construction of a clause of a standard form agreement. Vernon Sewell handles complex casualty work, William Chetwood is active on dry shipping work and is experienced in disputes; Joanna Steele is ‘very experienced’; and Paul Crane is ‘first-rate’. Andrew Powell and Sarah Allan are also recommended. Paul Griffiths leads the team. Nicholas Wilson recently joined MFB.

‘Shipping-focused firm’ Campbell Johnston Clark is active across casualty, commercial, insurance, shipbuilding and admiralty matters. Key individuals include Jonathan Campbell, who handles transactional shipping mandates; Alistair Johnston, who is active on marine insurance; James Mackay, who handles commercial and maritime work; and Maria Borg Barthet, who is active on contentious shipping instructions.

Kennedys delivers advice that is ‘accurate and to the point’ and the team ‘understands the individual needs of the client’. It handles shipping disputes, casualty and marine insurance claims and highlights included advising international cargo insurers and bill of lading holders on an appeal against an anti-suit order imposed on subrogated cargo insurers; and defending hull and machinery insurers and the owners of a historic sailing vessel on claims from other vessel owners in connection with a collision in Northern European waters.  Pequod Associates, RSA, Beazley Group, Liberty Syndicates, Zurich and Mitsui Sumitomo are clients. Marine practice head Christopher Dunn has ‘immense knowledge’, he ‘provides appropriate, common sense advice and knows how to look after his clients’; David Mckie has ‘excellent experience’; consultant David Perry handles dry shipping disputes; Andrew Purssell is active across cargo, liability insurance and shipping disputes; Mark Lloyd, handles general average work, and carriage of goods disputes; and senior associate Shaan Burton has a ‘growing reputation’. New hires include Deug Rong, who joined from Clyde & Co LLP.

Mills & Co regularly acts for marine insurers, shipowners, shipbuilders, charterers and marine suppliers on contentious and non-contentious mandates. Peter Sim , Andreas Welz, Martin Dalby and Guy Mills regularly handle admiralty matters including collision, salvage, total loss, grounding, and pollution. Elsewhere, Michael Smith handles dry shipping disputes; Nicola Jeanes regularly advises on contracts for ship construction, conversion and repair; Simon Williams is ‘excellent on disputes’; and Mark Doyle and Jonathan Green are also key figures.

Norton Rose Fulbright is a ‘formidable player in the shipping market’; it has ‘great understanding of the legal and regulatory context’, and this is ‘complemented by considerable strength in depth allowing the firm to deliver a seamless service to its clients’. It is active across regulatory matters and high-profile shipping disputes, where clients praise its ‘strong international expertise’ particularly in complex cross-border mandates; and it regularly acts for shipowner, corporate, insurance and banking clients as well as trading companies, energy companies and trade finance banks involved in shipping. Patrick Foss, who handles major shipping disputes; Charlotte Winter, who has a ‘profound understanding of legal and commercial issues in any dispute’; and Chris Zavos, who is ‘fantastic’, are recommended, as are Marie Kelly, who recently re-joined the London office from Piraeus; of counsels Jo Ward and Kevin Austin; and senior associate Emma Burrage. Peter Glover has moved to the firm’s Hong Kong office. Philip Roche heads the department.

Thomas Cooper LLP is commended for its ‘personable approach’ and it is regularly instructed on casualties, major losses and to high-profile commercial disputes arising under shipping contracts. Among the team; Tim Kelleher specialises in disputes; Ceri Done handles a range of dry shipping work; Nick Donnelly advises on collisions, salvage, and towage; Lisa Hillary is active on trade and shipping disputes; Tom Moisley has a ‘has a good analytical mind which enables him to get to the heart of the matter’; Mark Sachs heads the China and Japan team; and John Strange heads the marine and commercial litigation team. Rachel Mills and James Severn are also recommended, while Alex McIntosh was promoted to partner and Rhys Clift recently joined from Hill Dickinson LLP. Darryl Kennard and Charles Williams head the shipping team.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s ‘transactional shipping practice contains a number of extremely talented and experienced practitioners’, however the team also handles a raft of contentious shipping mandates involving shipbuilding, sale and purchase contracts, bareboat and voyage charterparties and management agreements. It is advising AM Nomikos, the owners of dry bulk cargo ship, on a cargo attachment claim. Andrew Hutcheon is ‘very calm, thoughtful and measured’ and Robert Platt has a ‘well-deserved reputation as a brilliant lawyer and tough negotiator’. Charles Buss has a ‘tremendous legal brain’ and specialises in maritime disputes, acting for mortgagee lenders on enforcements and disputes, and ship owners on contentious ship sales, leases and construction contracts. Andrew Ward is regularly instructed by banks and shipowners on contentious matters and Rob Fidoe specialises in international commercial arbitration. Toby Royal and recently promoted partner Daniel Saunders, who is praised for his ‘commercial approach’, are also recommended. Andrew Savage heads the team.

Wikborg Rein is a ‘stand-out firm’ which has a ‘seriously experienced team of excellent lawyers’. It is active on a range of disputes and handles a range of admiralty, anti-bribery corruption and sanctions issues, cargo claims, charterparty disputes, marine insurance and piracy matters. It acts for Delta Tankers, the owners of the Delta Pioneer, which collided with a pier at the port of Primorsk in Russia; acts for a Singapore shipowner on disputes relating to an engine failure on a livestock carrier; and is advising the owners of the vessel APL Temasek, which collided with and partially demolished a container crane in Egypt at the Suez Canal Terminal, on claims for damage. Rob Jardine-Brown is a ‘first-class mind with a natural instinct for the right case strategy’; Nick Shepherd is regularly instructed on Greek shipping matters; Mike Stewart is a ‘very good strategist, is extremely hard working and conscientious, and he is extremely good with clients’; Baptiste Weijburg handles dry shipping work; and Eleanor Midwinter is ‘excellent’. Birgitte Karlsen and Jonathan Page are also are noted for transactional work, and Shawn Kirby was recently promoted to partner. London office head Chris Grieveson leads the shipping and offshore team. Clare Calnan has retired.

Winter Scott LLP’s expertise spans admiralty law and salvage, shipping litigation, commercial litigation and insurance, and it also handles non-contentious shipping work. Maritime specialist Glenn Winter, admiralty expert Ken Scott, Tim Houghton, who handles disputes, and Christopher Wood are key figures.

Birketts LLP is able to ‘explain difficult matters in an easy way’ and its ‘replies are prompt and take into consideration both the commercial and the legal points’. The practice handles a range of wet and dry work, with expertise across bills of lading; charterparties, contracts of affreightment, cargo claims, shipbuilding disputes and marine insurance, as well as general average, salvage towage, collisions ship arrest and collision claims. Filhet-Allard Maritime, Raets Marine Insurance, SIACI Saint Honoré, Shipowners P & I Club and Allianz Global & Speciality France are clients. Nicholas Woo leads the team which features Alex Davey, who has an ‘excellent grasp of the legal issues as well as the commercial considerations, and provides clear and concise advice’; Henry Adams, who handles shipping, transport and marine insurance work;  Lisa Wortley, who is regularly instructed on claims relating to vessel performance; and senior associate Graham Kershaw. Legal director Paul Haworth recently joined from Winter Scott LLP.

Gateley Plc receives plaudits for its ‘client service delivery’ and the team regularly handles charterparty matters, ship sale and purchase disputes, marine cargo claims, superyacht matters and shipbuilding disputes. The team represented Fulton Shipping in its high-profile dispute, the New Flamenco, which clarified the law relating to mitigation of damages for breach of contract. Additional highlights included acting for Pequod Associates as claimants on a dispute arising from the theft of containers from the port of Antwerp. Nicholas Walser is an ‘exceptional lawyer with extensive experience in shipping law’; Jane Hobbs handles marine insurance work; and Andrew Messent advises on claims relating to the carriage of goods. Associate James Jaffa is noted for his superyachts experience. Paul Dickie leads the department.

The ‘diligent’ team at Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP comprises lawyers who are ‘true experts in shipbuilding contracts and disputes’. It is also noted for ship conversion matters. The team represented Fincantieri Shipyard in a dispute regarding a refurbishment agreement for a cruise ship and acted. Simon Curtis, who is ‘very experienced’; William Cecil, who is ‘calm and experienced’; Andreas Dracoulis, who is ‘building an excellent reputation for careful case management’; Andreas Silcher, who is ‘very pragmatic and provides hands-on advice’; and James Brown who regularly handles arbitration and litigation; are key figures.

Dedicated to marine and international trade work, Jackson Parton Solicitors has longstanding expertise for shipping, with experience across cargo claims, superyachts, charter disputes, P&I and marine insurance, salvage and towage. Key contacts include Nick Parton, Nils Dahl Nielsen, Andrew Patrinos, Jonathan Clyne, Alex Askew and consultant David Hughes.

The marine and shipping team at Keystone Law is active across contentious and non-contentious work and is noted for its yacht experience, as well as its expertise across insurance disputes, collisions, salvage claims, cargo and freight disputes, regulatory matters, breaches. Marine specialist Jonathan Hadley-Piggin; Anastasia Papadopoulou, who handles commercial shipping matters and recently joined from TLT; Benjamin Maltby, who joined from Ince ; and Dharmendra Nair, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs, are the key contacts.

The ‘fantastic’ team at Lax & Co LLP is highly regarded for its dispute resolution experience and regularly handles litigation and arbitration cases for shipowners, charterers, operators, P&I Clubs and shipyards. Charterparty disputes, shipbuilding disputes, ship arrests, shipbuilding disputes, collisions, marine insurance claims and claims under bills of lading. Stuart Dench is regularly instructed on disputes involving charterparties, bills of lading and contracts of affreightment, as well as shipbuilding contracts. Robert Pollock-Hill is experienced in contentious matters and associate Catriona Lewis specialises in charterparty disputes. Mike Lax leads the department. Imogen Rumbold has retired.

Waterson Hicks focuses on shipping and commodities work, which is noted for its ‘strong’ dispute resolution expertise, and it is active across dry shipping, admiralty, marine insurance and transactional matters. It is also noted for its Greek shipowner market expertise, but also represents a range of shipowners, P&I clubs, state-owned organisations, oil companies and commodities traders. Department head John Hicks has ‘fantastic experience’, consultant Julian Morgan regularly handles shipping litigation and admiralty manager Stuart Parkin is noted for his experience in handling speed and fuel consumption claims. Senior associate solicitor Tim Johnson recently joined the firm from Kennedys.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is regularly instructed on cargo claims in addition to transactional and finance matters. Braemar Group, SMS Towage, India Steamship and Blue Water Shipping are clients. Team head Dominic Ward focuses on dry shipping and cargo work, alongside advising on a range of carriage of good and international trade agreements. Andrew Oliver leads the sea fisheries, regulatory and marine environment unit, and also leads the ship transactional and finance department.

The ‘small but very astute’ team at shipping boutique BDM Law LLP is regularly instructed on insurance, maritime casualties and shipbuilding disputes. The team represented BGN International DMCC on a charterparty dispute with Frost Global due to vessel rejection after fire on board; represented Minoan Lines on a shareholders dispute concerning control of Hellenic Seaways; is representing the owners of the Rich Future on its 2015 collision with a tanker in Argentina; and is advising Textainer on a $100m Hanjin-related insurance claim. Nick Burgess is a ‘top shipping lawyer’ ; Bob Deering is ‘brilliant’ and has experience across wet and dry cases and a range of insurance and arbitration cases; and David McInnes stands out for his Italian market expertise and he is also noted for his experience in arbitration, admiralty and high court disputes. Senior associate Gabrielle de Blaquiere and associate Emmy Ameloot are also key contacts.

DLA Piper handles a range of marine disputes and it is regularly instructed on cross-border cases. The team is ‘quick to respond to requests and is always comprehensive in the consideration of the relevant factors’. It is representing the liquidating trustee of OW Bunkers on various London arbitrations against shipowners in order to collect unpaid bunker receipts following the conclusion of the Res Cogitans case in the Supreme Court. Department head Linos Choo is instructed on shipping and shipbuilding disputes, represents banks in international trade and shipping disputes and is also experienced in shipbuilding and ship finance disputes. Commodities lawyer Richard Usher is also noted.

DWF is noted for its experience in marine insurance disputes and the team continues to act for the insurers of a vessel that was struck by a whale and sank off the coast of Mexico in March 2016; is advising a major German insurance group in a claim relating to the Tianjin Port explosion; and is advising an independent insurer in relation to claims relating to a fire on a vessel carrying palm oil. Shipping and commodities head Jonathan Moss regularly handles complex disputes and senior associate Elliott Bromley is also noted.

M Taher & Co Solicitors delivers an ‘exceptionally good service’ and it is active across marine insurance, international trade and commodities matters, with particular experience in complex litigation, arbitration and mediation for shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, shipbrokers, commodities trading houses and insurance clients. It is also noted for its sanctions expertise and it is representing Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines in a £600m action against the EU Council for damage suffered by its shipping clients in relation to the EU’s restrictive measures concerning Iran. Maryam Taher has ‘vast and deep knowledge in working with cross-border litigation’, principal associate Paris Pantelis is ‘very client-orientated’ and is ‘thorough on the detail’, and senior consultant Tim Stephenson has joined from Stephenson Harwood. Andrew Ridings has left the firm.

Mays Brown is a dedicated shipping firm and it regularly represents owners, operators, charterers, P&I clubs, insurers, underwriters and banks and in transactional matters and disputes. Joe Mays, David Wartski and Stephen Grainger are key members of the team which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Justin Draeger from Hill Dickinson LLP who is noted for his maritime litigation experience.

Weightmans LLP has ‘excellent shipping knowledge’ and delivers ‘excellent response times’. It handles marine disputes expertise and also handles commercial matters; it regularly advises on ports and terminals liability and also represents insurers on marine casualties and contractual claims arising under charterparties and bills of lading. It is representing Champion Tankers on the implications and strategy relating to the collapse of OW Bunkers. In Liverpool, head of marine Phil James is ‘technically very good, has great communication skills and is very user-friendly’ and Mike Burns  has ‘in-depth marine knowledge and is very commercial’.

Niche shipping outfit Hannaford Turner LLP  is particularly noted for its ship finance, sale and purchase expertise, but it also handles shipbuilding, refit, conversion and repair work, as well as disputes. It is also noted for its experience in the superyacht sector. It acts for a range of shipowners, charterers, shipyards, financing banks, insurers and P&I clubs. Among the team, Justin Turner is ‘very professional and experienced’; Matt Hannaford stands out for his ‘clear and practical advice’; and Keith Krut is ‘very knowledgeable’. Owen McHugh and litigator Michael Greville are also key figures.

At Squire Patton Boggs  Graham Harris handles disputes relating to charterparties and bills of lading, and also handles cases involving groundings and fires, as well as cargo claims. Insurance disputes are a key area of focus, as are shipbuilding disputes. Dharmendra Nair has joined Keystone Law.

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