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This section covers all forms of dry and wet shipping work, including casualty matters, shipbuilding, bill of lading and charterparty disputes, and marine insurance matters. Ship finance work is covered as part of the Asset finance and leasing section, under Finance, and ship-related personal injury work is covered in the Travel section of this chapter.

β€˜At the top of the tree for shipping work’, Holman Fenwick Willan is advising Hoegh Autoliners, Gard Marine & Energy and Gard P&I on the grounding of the Hoegh Osaka in January 2015. Paul Dean attracts praise for his β€˜good understanding of the needs of the client’; he leads a team that includes the β€˜smart, hardworking and very commercial’ Richard Neylon, Rory Butler, who is noted for his β€˜tough and pragmatic approach’, and James Gosling, who has β€˜in-depth experience’. Also recommended are Andrew Chamberlain, who heads the admiralty team; Jonathan Webb, who is β€˜excellent on dry work’; Richard Mabane, who handles commercial shipping disputes; Craig Neame, who is β€˜brilliant on marine insurance’; Daniel Martin, who specialises in regulatory matters; and George Eddings, who has β€˜an excellent reputation’. Hugh Livingstone, Tom Walters, Nick Roberson and Jim Cashman round out the sizeable team. Richard Strub is now based in the firm’s Dubai office.

Ince & Co’s β€˜renowned’ shipping litigation practice is acting for PST Energy 7 Shipping, the owners and managers of the Res Cogitans, on the high-profile Supreme Court case relating to the collapse of the OW Group. Paul Herring heads the global shipping practice and attracts praise for his β€˜wealth of experience’. He is ably supported by casualty expert Michael Volikas and Christian Dwyer, who heads the admiralty and casualty response team. Other key figures include Jeremy Biggs, who is β€˜excellent’ on litigation; Chris Kidd, who leads the shipbuilding, offshore construction and renewables practice; Fionna Gavin; and Graham Inseal. In 2015 Victor Fenwick, David Richards and Paul Billowes were promoted to partner, while Duncan Bateson joined from TLT and Faz Peermohamed re-joined from his role as chief executive of the Norwegian Hull Club. Nick Burgess left to join BDM Law LLP.

Clyde & Co LLP’s track record cuts across the full range of shipping work. In an illustration of its status on heavy-hitting matters, the practice advised Ardila Investments and Zamin Ferrous on a dispute against ENRC and is advising CEPSA and Vilma Oil on the fall-out from the OW Bunker insolvency. The β€˜well-resourced’ team includes Andrew Preston, who is β€˜very strong’, Hatty Sumption, who has β€˜a formidable reputation’, the β€˜very talented’ Nick Austin, β€˜excellent’ Edward Mills-Webb, and Martin Hall, who is singled out for marine casualty work. Also recommended are John Leonida, who has β€˜a deep understanding of the commercial needs of clients’; the β€˜first-class’ Simon Culhane; Elizabeth Turnbull, who stands out for her β€˜sensible, realistic approach to cases’; David Bennet, who specialises in energy disputes; Rob Collins; and Jai Sharma. Irvine Marr recently re-joined the London office.

Russell Gardner’s team at Hill Dickinson LLP provides β€˜an excellent service’ and is noted for its β€˜in-depth resources’ and β€˜excellence on wet and dry matters’. Thomas Miller & Co, Gard, BP Shipping and Steamship Mutual are clients. Key figures include the β€˜very experienced’ David Pitlarge; Maria Pittordis, who has β€˜an outstanding reputation’; Philip Haddon, who is β€˜fantastic on disputes’; Robert Wallis, who is noted for his β€˜in-depth expertise’; and the β€˜highly regarded’ Rhys Clift. Ian MacLean and Justin Draeger are also recommended.

Reed Smith LLP is singled out for its β€˜knowledge of the commercial framework in which the client operates’. The β€˜sensible and pragmatic’ Richard Gunn heads the casualty group, while Korea group head Alex Andrews is acting for Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries on a contractual dispute. Other standout individuals include the β€˜excellent’ Nick Shaw, who heads the global practice; the β€˜clever and pragmatic’ Jeb Clulow; Mark O’ Neil, who is β€˜a true expert’; Andrew Taylor, who combines β€˜an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law with the ability to think one step ahead’; the β€˜brilliant’ Sally-Ann Underhill; Stephen Kirkpatrick, who β€˜effortlessly combines detailed knowledge of the law with genuine commercial understanding’; and Marcus Dodds, who is noted for his β€˜energy and practical knowledge’. Will Howard, Charles Brown, Charles Weller and Helle Kjaerstad are also noted.

Led by Mike Phillips, the team at Stephenson Harwood provides an β€˜excellent and attentive service’. The team has β€˜real breadth’, and is particularly rated for disputes, as well as shipbuilding, offshore construction and LNG work. Sean Gibbons is noted for his β€˜calm and thoughtful approach’, and Paolo Ghirardani is β€˜great on difficult, problematic cases’. Clients also single out Cristan Evans, for his β€˜excellent knowledge of tanker issues’; Ingolf Kaiser, who β€˜really gets to grips with the underlying legal issues from an early stage’; the β€˜very astute’ Max Lemanski; and the β€˜outstanding’ Stuart Beadnall. Duncan McDonald, Haris Zografakis, Tony Concagh, Alex Davis and Nick Barber are also recommended.

Campbell Johnston Clark’s β€˜highly regarded’ team specialises in shipping work. Maria Borg Barthet, Jonathan Campbell, Alistair Johnston, Julian Clark and James Mackay are recommended.

MFB’s β€˜client-focused’ team advises on shipping, insurance and international trade. Key individuals include Michael Mitchell, who is experienced in casualty work; the β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Edward Gray; Simon Wolsey, who is β€˜excellent on disputes’; and the β€˜brilliant’ Gerard Hopkins and Peter Jago. Mark Seward and Andrew Wright are also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright has β€˜a real pedigree for shipping matters’. The team is continuing to act for the Lloyd’s syndicates on claims brought as a result of the sinking of the Alexandros T, and is advising insurers on claims following an alleged piracy attack on the crude oil tanker the Brillante Virtuoso. The β€˜knowledgeable’ and β€˜personable’ Philip Roche is global co-head of the shipping practice, which includes Patrick Foss and the β€˜first-rate’ Chris Zavos. Senior associate Kevin Austin and of counsel Peter Glover are also recommended. Charlotte Winter was promoted to partner in 2015.

Thomas Cooper LLP is noted for its β€˜prompt response times’ and β€˜clear advice’. The team acts for the owners of an offshore gas production platform, which suffered a collision with the Alpine Eternity in March 2015. Darryl Kennard (who is β€˜quick to spot practical solutions’) leads the team, which includes the β€˜very experienced’ Tim Kelleher, Ben Browne, who has β€˜in-depth knowledge’ and is β€˜excellent on casualty matters’, and the β€˜bright, hardworking and conscientious’ Ceri Done. Tom Moisley and Charles Williams are also recommended.

Winter Scott LLP’s β€˜responsive, prompt, sagacious and extremely knowledgeable’ practice advised Frontline on a shipbuilding contract dispute. Dry shipping head Glenn Winter brings β€˜an extreme magnitude of knowledge’ to bear on disputes, and wet shipping head Ken Scott is praised for his β€˜fantastic industry knowledge’. Tim Houghton and Christopher Wood are β€˜tactically excellent’ and β€˜solution orientated’.

Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless advises on a range of shipping, insurance, international trade and finance matters. Among the β€˜experienced department’, Nicholas Wilson, William Chetwood, Paul Griffiths and Joanna Steele are noted. Sarah Allan and Andrew Powell were promoted to partner in 2016.

Kennedys β€˜leaves no stone unturned in looking for ways to assist clients on difficult cases’. The practice’s experience spans marine insurance, charterparty disputes and personal injury claims. Key figures among the β€˜experienced and hardworking team’ include the β€˜calm and thorough’ David Mckie, Graeme Baird, who is β€˜first-rate’, Eric Sumner and Jonathan Evans.

β€˜Fantastic for maritime law’, Mills & Co acts for a range of clients including marine insurers, shipowners, ship managers, shipbuilders, charterers, commodity traders and marine suppliers. Guy Mills (who is β€˜very impressive’), Martin Dalby, Simon Williams, Michael Smith, Andreas Welz and Jonathan Green are recommended.

Waltons & Morse advises on marine insurance, reinsurance, collision, salvage and piracy, as well as charterparty disputes. Christopher Dunn, consultant David Perry and Mark Lloyd are the key contacts.

Waterson Hicks has a strong following among Greek shipowners. John Hicks heads the team, which includes β€˜excellent’ consultant Geoffrey Brunton and admiralty manager Stuart Parkin, who β€˜grasps the practicalities of each case’. Barrister John Bignall joined from 7 King’s Bench Walk in 2015.

Wikborg Rein handles matters in β€˜a flexible and responsive way’. Team head Clare Calnan’s advice is β€˜crisp and to the point’; she is ably supported by Rob Jardine-Brown, Birgitte Karlsen and Chris Grieveson. The β€˜calm and resourceful’ Jonathan Page re-joined the team in 2015, while Nick Shepherd (former head of Ince & Co’s Piraeus office) joined in May 2016.

Clients of Birketts LLP praise its β€˜thoughtful, carefully crafted and well-reasoned’ advice. Nicholas Woo leads the team, which includes the β€˜highly motivated’ Alex Davey, who β€˜handles matters in a professional and competent manner’. Henry Adams and Lisa Wortley are also recommended.

Curtis Davis Garrard LLP’s β€˜commercial’ and β€˜hands-on’ team attracts praise for its β€˜very prompt’ and β€˜top-quality service’. MAN Diesel & Turbo, Damen Shipyards Group and Finnlines are among the firm’s clients. Justin Turner is β€˜thorough and concise’, William Cecil is β€˜very hardworking’ and Simon Curtis has a β€˜wealth of knowledge’. James Brown is also recommended.

Gateley Plc stands out for its β€˜excellent combination of knowledge and experience’. The practice advises on contentious and transactional matters, and houses a dedicated yacht team. Bruce Virgo and Nicholas Walser (who β€˜excels at in-depth analysis when handling complex disputes’) jointly lead the team, which includes Jane Hobbs, Andrew Messent and consultant Richard Coles.

Jackson Parton Solicitors is β€˜technically able’ and advises on wet and dry matters, commodity and trade disputes, insurance and related litigation, as well as non-contentious work. Nick Parton β€˜works tirelessly on behalf of his clients’, and consultant David Hughes is β€˜very bright’. Nils Dahl Nielsen, managing partner Andrew Patrinos, Jonathan Clyne and Maria Gerakaris-Michanitzis are also recommended.

The β€˜friendly and co-operative’ team at Lax & Co LLP is praised for its β€˜excellent contentious expertise’. The β€˜very hands-on’ Mike Lax leads the team, which includes Stuart Dench, who has β€˜a brilliant reputation’, the β€˜first-class’ Imogen Rumbold, and β€˜very responsive’ Robert Pollock-Hill.

Sutherland (Europe) LLP’s maritime and shipping practice handles a range of domestic and international marine and energy matters. Carlo Sammarco, John McCaskill, Paul Sinnott and Mark Aspinall are recommended. Jenni Lajzerowicz joined the firm in 2015 from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP demonstrates β€˜a mastery of all areas of shipping disputes work’. Andrew Savage heads the team, which includes Andrew Hutcheon, who is β€˜quick to grasp the client’s commercial priorities’; Robert Platt, who is β€˜a seriously intelligent and punchy disputes lawyer’; and Charles Buss, who recently re-joined the London office. Andrew Ward was promoted to partner in 2015.

At Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, department head Dominic Ward is β€˜a calm, deep-thinking lawyer who provides an excellent service to his clients, and goes the extra mile’. Andrew Oliver is also recommended.

Linos Choo leads the maritime team at DLA Piper; his advice is β€˜swift, practical, to the point and always commercially sensible’. The team is active in a range of high-profile disputes, and recently acted for the liquidators of OW Bunkers on the collection of unpaid bunker dues.

DWF’s shipping and commodities practice is led by the β€˜brilliant’ Jonathan Moss and includes Michael Kingston, who has and excellent reputation.

The team at E. G. Arghyrakis & Co is noted for its β€˜clear-cut and sensible advice’. Key figures include the β€˜very thorough’ George Arghyrakis and β€˜very knowledgeable’ Louise Glover.

Eversheds LLP β€˜adopts a practical and commercial view’ and is noted for its expertise in oil and gas shipping matters. Stephen Mackin heads the team and is β€˜invaluable in tanker disputes’. Jessica Maitra is β€˜very thorough, accurate and conscientious’.

Keystone Law has β€˜wide knowledge of the marine industry’. Consultant solicitors Daniel Crockford and Alex Penberthy β€˜have a straightforward approach to problems’. Andrew Hignett joined from Lester Aldridge LLP in May 2015.

At Loudouns, William Cawley is β€˜a particularly practical and meticulous lawyer’.

M Taher & Co Solicitors delivers β€˜an excellent service’ to its shipping clients. Maryam Taher is β€˜an outstanding lawyer; commercially minded, with deep knowledge of the industry’.

Mays Brown advises on a range of contentious matters, with particular expertise in charterparties, bills of lading and other contracts of carriage. Joe Mays, David Wartski and Stephen Grainger are recommended.

Squire Patton Boggs advised Orient Express Lines on a range of competing bunker supply claims as a result of the collapse of OW Bunkers. Graham Harris and Dharmendra Nair are recommended.

TLT’s shipping and super-yacht team is based across the London and Piraeus offices. Former department head Duncan Bateson joined Ince & Co.

At Weightmans LLP, department head Phil James is β€˜a real star’ and Mike Burns has β€˜excellent experience in the industry’. Terry Donaghy is also recommended.

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