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Work 020 7264 8000
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Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Brussels, Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong and 10 more

James Gosling

Work 020 7264 8382

Work Department

Shipping practice group.


Partner specialising in salvage, collision, total loss, wreck removal and pollution, acting mainly for salvors, shipowners, hull underwriters and P&I Clubs; also handles marine insurance, general shipping and commercial law MOA disputes, charterparty disputes and cargo claims; important cases have included Scandinavian Star, Mineral Dampier collision with Hanjin Madras, Happy Fellow collision with Darfur, Europa collision with Inchon Glory, Belgrave and Smit Tak B.V v Selco Salvage; Limburg (suicide bombing of tanker in Yemen) and Tricolor (car carrier that had four collisions and sank in the Channel); clients include several leading salvage companies, shipowners, P&I Clubs, hull underwriters, ship managers, insurance brokers and one southern hemisphere tycoon. Has lectured on Admiralty law in Mexico and Venezuela in Spanish, and in London, Piraeus and Asia. Has dealt with over 100 piracy cases off Somalia since July 2008.


Articled Stoneham, Langton & Passmore; qualified 1980; partner Holman Fenwick Willan 1988; member editorial board ‚ÄėJournal of International Maritime Law‚Äô (Lawtext); arbitrator; mediator.


French, Spanish.

London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

James Gosling - HFW

Within: Shipping

HFW¬†is considered a ‚Äėmarket leader for marine casualty work‚Äô, the team is praised for its ‚Äėholistic approach‚Äô, 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 ‚Äėquick, accurate and succinct advice, while always keeping in mind the underlying commercial issues‚Äô; Richard Neylon, who¬†is ‚Äėvery smart, hardworking and very commercial‚Äô 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¬†. ¬†

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