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David Morriss

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David specialises in ‘dry’ shipping disputes, including charterparty and bills of lading claims; claims under the Inter Club Agreement; general average; groundings; unsafe ports; the enforcement of English judgments and awards in foreign jurisdictions. David acts for a variety of owners, charterers, and cargo interests, most of whom are based in India, Singapore, Dubai and Scandinavia. He has recently acted for the successful owners of the Channel Ranger in a dispute concerning a cargo of coal that went to the Court of Appeal in late 2014. He has also recently acted for the successful owners of the mv ‘Vine’ who claimed in excess of US$5m demurrage from their charterers and a Chinese Steel mill. The High Court’s decision breaks ground in two areas: first, in extending the doctrine of unsafe ports and berths, and second in confirming that the Court will not shy away from enforcing Chinese guarantees, notwithstanding that they have been issued in breach of the SAFE regulations. David is co-editor of the HFW Shipping Bulletin. David has written and delivered papers on hedging and its effect on damages; and on enforcement issues at the World Shipping Forum in Chennai (on invitation by India Cements). He has also delivered papers on laytime and demurrage; hull damage; off hire; speed and performance; bills of lading; group litigation orders; unsafe ports; force majeure clauses; double banking clauses; and on the decisions in ‘The Vine’ and ‘The Achilleas’. David is recommended for Shipping by Chambers 2012.

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Within: Shipping

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 .  

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