Index of tables
Waltons & Morse
- Arbis LLP
- Birketts LLP (Ipswich)
- DLA Piper UK LLP
- E G Arghyrakis & Co
- Eversheds LLP
- Tony Allen - Hill Dickinson LLP
- Ben Browne - Thomas Cooper
- Julian Clark - Campbell Johnston Clark LLP
- Richard Crump - Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
- Simon Curtis - Curtis Davis Garrard LLP
- Alex Davis - Stephenson Harwood
- Colin de la Rue - Ince & Co
Lindsay East -
- Patrick Foss - Norton Rose LLP
- Paolo Ghirardani - Stephenson Harwood
- James Gosling - Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
- Edward Gray - MFB
- Nick Graydon - Clyde & Co LLP
- Paul Griffiths - Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless
Richard Gunn -
- Paul Herring - Ince & Co
- John Hicks - Waterson Hicks
- Andrew Hughes - MFB
- Andrew Johnson - Hill Dickinson LLP
- Tim Kelleher - Thomas Cooper
- Michael Kim - DLA Piper UK LLP
Mike Lax -
Lax & Co LLP
- Hugh Livingstone - Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
Guy Mills -
Mills & Co
- Faz Peermohamed - Ince & Co
David Perry -
Waltons & Morse
Ken Scott -
Nick Shaw -
Tony Swinnerton -
Andrew Taylor -
- Robert Wallis - Hill Dickinson LLP
- James Wilson - Ince & Co
Glenn Winter -
- Andrew Wright - MFB
This section covers dry and wet work, across casualty matters, shipbuilding, bill of lading and charterparty disputes, and marine insurance. Ship finance matters are covered as part of Asset finance and leasing, in Finance, while ship-related personal injury matters are covered under Insurance.
Holman Fenwick Willan LLP’s ‘vast’ shipping practice is ‘undoubtedly top tier’, with the ‘outstanding team’ noted for its ‘expertise and resources’. Led by George Eddings, the team covers both wet and dry shipping matters as well as offshore supply and piracy cases. Clients include SMIT Salvage BV, BP, Watkins Syndicate, COSCO Bulk Carrier Co and CMA CGM. Recommended individuals include Andrew Chamberlain, who is experienced in wet shipping matters, and the ‘renowned’ James Gosling. Hugh Livingstone, David Morriss, Richard Crump, Matt Illingworth and Toby Stephens are also singled out for praise. Simon Chumas joined from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP.
A ‘well-established player in the market’, Ince & Co’s ‘organised and effective’ team ‘always provides a prompt service that is extremely solution orientated’. The team acted for MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company in relation to the high-profile case of MV Rena running aground in New Zealand. Global head of shipping Paul Herring is ‘brilliant’; global head of dry shipping Michael Volikas is ‘first rate’; and global head of admiralty Faz Peermohamed is ‘experienced’ and ‘knowledgeable’. Also recommended are the ‘outstanding’ Chris Kidd; Nick Burgess (‘one of the best shipping lawyers in London’); the ‘technically very good’ Ian Chetwood; James Wilson; and Colin De la Rue.
Recommended as ‘always having client needs at heart’, the team at Clyde & Co LLP provides an ‘absolutely excellent service’. It advised the Gulmar Group in a $500m multi-juristictional arbitration over the attempted expropriation of a fleet of vessels. Key individuals include the ‘outstanding’ Andy Preston; Ben Knowles; the ‘first-rate’ Ed Mills-Webb; Hatty Sumption; and Nick Austin. The firm’s merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP added high-profile individuals Tim Taylor, John Flaherty, Miranda Karali and Eurof Lloyd-Lewis.
Hill Dickinson LLP has a ‘strong, focused team’. It is advising Costa Cruises in the high-profile $100m Costa Concordia casualty; and advised MSC, Standard Club in relation to a large container ship that was involved in a collision in the approach channel to Mumbai. Department head Michael Mallin is singled out alongside the ‘superb’ Stuart Armstrong; the ‘very experienced’ Maria Pittordis; and the ‘first-rate’ Russell Gardner. Robert Wallis is particularly recommended for salvage and collision matters, and Rhys Clift for piracy matters.
Reed Smith’s ‘strong and experienced’ shipping team ‘understands the market very well’ and is noted for its ‘straightforward, no-nonsense approach’. Led by Nick Shaw, the team advises high-profile clients such as CTC plc, Capital Ship Management, Svitzer, and Eagle Bulk Shipping. The ‘user-friendly Richard Gunn heads the casualty and admiralty practice, and gives ‘practical and commercial advice in a succinct and timely manner’. Charles Brown is recommended for dry shipping litigation, and Philip Rymer is ‘outstanding’. Also recommended are Charles Weller, Alex Andrews and Andrew Taylor. Jeb Clulow recently joined from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP.
Stephenson Harwood has a ‘diligent and highly professional team’ that is ‘strong on detail and has a finely tuned understanding of commercial considerations’. It advised Groupama in a $45m claim for constructive total loss arising out of main engine damage. The ‘approachable and personable’ team includes ‘very experienced’ group head Paolo Ghirardani; Stuart Beadnall, who is ‘dedicated and professional’; Duncan McDonald, who is ‘a real star’; ‘top talent’ Tony Concagh, who is ‘tough and tenacious’; the ‘highly recommended’ Alex Davis; and the ‘canny, quick and capable’ Ingolf Kaiser. Simon Moore was recently promoted to the partnership.
The ‘established’ team at Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless is ‘well respected in the market’, with notable marine insurance expertise and experience in international trade and transport law matters. Key individuals include William Chetwood; the ‘renowned’ Paul Griffiths; Nicholas Wilson, who is recommended for dry shipping matters; and Jamie Wallace, who recently joined the partnership.
MFB’s ‘expert’ and ‘focused’ 12-partner team is ‘excellent, particularly for dry shipping matters’. Peter Jago, Andrew Wright and Edward Gray are singled out for their experience in contentious matters, and the ‘first-class’ Mike Mitchell is experienced in casualty work.
Recent highlights for the ‘very professional team’ at Norton Rose LLP include a number of high-profile casualty matters, including acting for the owners and insurers after the container ship Rena ran aground with a subsequent spill of around 300 tonnes of fuel oil. Philip Roche is ‘superb’, and Ian Teare in Singapore is also singled out. Recommended for their dispute resolution expertise are the ‘brilliant’ Patrick Foss and Chris Zavos, who joined from Barlow Lyde and Gilbert LLP.
Thomas Cooper’s team gives ‘practical and commercial’ and ‘fast and efficient’ advice. Active in both wet and dry matters, the firm has also advised on a number of high-profile piracy cases, with team head Darryl Kennard particularly active in the area. Key work included advising on the grounding of the former Canadian Miner, a large collier, on an island off Nova Scotia. John McCaskill is a ‘bright, straight-talking lawyer who is commercially astute and offers a fantastic service’. Tom Moisley and Robert Walker provide ‘excellent, practical advice’, and Richard Morris is ‘outstanding’. Graham Harris and Dharmendra Nair recently left for Squire Sanders LLP.
The ‘experienced’ team at Waltons & Morse includes managing partner Christopher Dunn; David Perry; and Mark Lloyd, who heads the wet shipping practice. Its expertise covers insurance and cargo matters as well as piracy, international trade and charterparty disputes.
‘Top-quality outfit’ Winter Scott is ‘first rate for marine and admiralty law’. Its expertise spans charterparty disputes, and insurance and commercial litigation. Glenn Winter is ‘widely admired in the market’; managing partner Ken Scott is recommended for admiralty work; and Tim Houghton is ‘highly experienced’.
The ‘skilled and savvy’ five-partner team at Campbell Johnston Clark LLP ‘consistently provides advice of a very high standard’, with an ‘unstuffy, but serious approach’. Its expertise includes major collisions and salvage work, charterparty and bill of lading disputes, international sanctions, liquefaction and cargo claims. Alistair Johnston is ‘knowledgeable’, and the ‘first-class’ Maria Borg Barthet is ‘particularly good with clients’. Julian Clark and Jonathan Campbell are also recommended.
Curtis Davis Garrard LLP is a niche firm specialising in the shipbuilding and offshore oil and gas sectors, and is praised for its ‘very high-quality service’. Simon Curtis is ‘a real expert’, and Justin Turner heads the non-contentious practice and is ‘an outstanding lawyer’ who is ‘analytic and dives well into the roots of the question at hand’. William Cecil is recommended for maritime and construction litigation and arbitration.
Key work for the ‘knowledgeable’ team at Gateley included advising on a range of dry shipping disputes, including marine cargo claims, and charterparty and shipbuilding disputes. Nicholas Walser has ‘ample strength and experience on maritime law’, and Bruce Virgo is also recommended. The firm is also recognised for its experienced yacht team.
Jackson Parton is recommended for its experience in dry shipping matters, including charterparty, cargo and bill of lading disputes. It is also recognised for its expertise in obtaining anti-suit injunctions. Nick Parton is recommended. Brian Roberts recently retired from the partnership.
Lax & Co LLP’s ‘exemplary’ shipping practice advises clients such as Exmar NV, Euronav Luxembourg SA, Tankers International LLC, MUR Shipping BV, and Far Eastern Shipping Company. Team head Mike Lax is ‘outstanding’, and Stuart Dench and Imogen Rumbold are also recommended.
With a ‘glowing reputation’, Mills & Co in Newcastle has a ‘first-class offering’, and is noted for its ability to provide ‘clear and concise advice’. The team’s client base includes P&I clubs, ship owners, operators and managers, charterers, commodity traders and shipyards. Guy Mills is ‘excellent’.
The ‘expert’ team at Squire Sanders LLP includes practice head Graham Harris (‘intelligent, experienced and very sensible’); Dharmendra Nair, who joined from Thomas Cooper; and Linos Choo, who joined from DLA Piper UK LLP. The team advises clients such as Steamship Mutual, Gard, Thomas Miller and Norwegian Hull Club.
Led by the ‘very thorough’ Duncan Bateson, who has ‘excellent problem-solving skills’, TLT LLP’s ‘quick and efficient’ practice has a ‘wealth of experience’. With a strong reputation for dry shipping and superyacht work, its clients include Britannia P & I Club, Coastal Zone Services, Maersk Line, Osprey Maritime and Global Ship Lease. Nigel Willson is ‘calm, immensely experienced and pragmatic’, and Jeremy J Thomas is recommended for disputes work.
The team at Waterson Hicks is led by the ‘formidable’ John Hicks, who is recommended for his ‘vast experience’ in shipping-related disputes. The firm was successful in a $30m arbitration for a Greek shipowner client, relating to a withdrawal from charterparty and repudiation of charter. The team acts for three of the largest dry bulk shipowners in Greece.
Andrew Jackson’s ‘highly regarded’ practice is led by Dominic Ward. Andrew Oliver heads the firm’s sea fisheries, regulatory and marine environment unit as well as leading on shipping transactional and finance matters. The team handles a variety of matters including charterparty disputes, international trade matters and regulatory defence work.
The ‘widely respected’ team at Arbis LLP is recognised for its commodities and shipping expertise in the oil and metal markets. It is also recommended for charterparty and bill of lading disputes. Key individuals include Martin Wisdom, Mark Aspinall and Brian Isola.
The ‘accessible’ team at Birketts LLP ‘appreciates the key issues faced by its clients’ and has ‘good overall industry knowledge’. Nicholas Woo heads the team, which has recently advised clients such as Reliance Industries, Raetsmarine Insurance, and West of England P&I. Alex Davey is ‘very good for judging when it is necessary to take a practical and creative approach on one hand, or a more theoretical angle on the other’. Henry Adams is also singled out.
With particular expertise in the Korean and Chinese markets, DLA Piper UK LLP has a ‘fantastic’ contentious practice. It recently advised Korea Line Corporation (KLC) in a $22m a High Court appeal from an arbitration award arising out of a charterparty dispute; and advised Eukor Car Carriers, as charterers of a ship detained by pirates in Somalia. Michael Kim is ‘at the top in his field’, and ‘excellent for shipping litigation’.
E G Arghyrakis & Co’s experience spans wet and dry shipping, with expertise in charterparty disputes, cargo claims, collisions and P&I and FD&D Club Rules advice. George Arghyrakis is ‘brilliant’, and Louise Glover is also recommended.
Peter Tribe heads the team at Elborne Mitchell, which is recommended for its marine liability work, and is also experienced in charterparty and bill of lading disputes. James Sleightholme is recommended for dispute resolution.
Key clients of Eversheds LLP include Thomas Miller P&I, Gard P&I and Steamship Mutual P&I. Stephen Mackin heads the team. Jessica Maitra was recently promoted to the partnership and is recommended for dry shipping matters.
The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Fishburns LLP is led by Jonathan Moss, ‘a very able lawyer with sound commercial judgement’. The team is ‘highly recommended for dry shipping work’, and advises a number of insurer clients. Robert Lloyd is also recommended.
Mays Brown, Solicitors is recommended for its dry shipping expertise, and advises clients including P&I clubs, shipowners and operators. Name partners Joe Mays and Tony Brown are recommended.
Swinnerton Moore is experienced in charterparty and cargo claims as well as salvage and collision matters. Tony Swinnerton is singled out.
Watson, Farley & Williams LLP’s ‘strong and very experienced team’ is headed by the ‘outstanding’ Nigel Thomas. Firm chairman Frank Dunne is ‘first rate’, and Andrew Savage, Andrew Hutcheon and Charles Buss are also recommended.
At Weightmans LLP, Mike Burns, Terry Donaghy and Phil James, in Liverpool, are ‘highly recommended’. Clients include Allianz Global & Specialty, Allianz Ireland, Irish Ferries, Peel Ports, Steamship Mutual and Sunderland Marine.