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Chris Kidd

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Maritime, Energy & Infrastructure, Yachts & Superyachts


Head of Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction, Partner


Chris is dual-qualified in England and Hong Kong and leads the firm’s shipbuilding and offshore construction team. He specialises in advising shipyards, buyers, owners, offshore wind farm contractors and developers on shipping and other offshore matters. Between 1995 and 2001 he practised in the firm's Hong Kong office, during which time he was the Secretary of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association. Chris has strong industry links in Hong Kong, China, and Korea. He is a Member of the Council of the LSLC.

Chris frequently advises buyers and shipyards in relation to building, conversion and repair contracts, as well as dispute resolution, for conventional and specialist offshore vessels, and floating platforms. He assisted BIMCO to develop NEWBUILDCON, a standard form newbuilding contract.

He also advises on yacht and superyacht construction contracts, including contract drafting and negotiation, as well as dispute resolution.

Chris has specialist experience in jurisdictional issues, mediation and major London arbitrations and litigation, particularly for claims arising from shipbuilding, conversion and repair contracts. His experience includes LMAA, ICC and LCIA arbitrations, as well as cases in the Commercial Court, Hong Kong Courts and liaising with lawyers conducting litigation in other jurisdictions.

He also advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, as well as dispute resolution, in the renewables sector, including offshore wind farm installation contracts, charterparties and contracts for the construction of wind farm installation vessels. Chris assisted BIMCO to develop WINDTIME and SUPPYTIME 2017.

Highlight Matters
- Acting for a New York Stock Exchange-listed company focused on deepwater oil drilling, in a highly contentious case concerning the construction of a drilling unit designed to drill for oil in deep water. Our client rescinded the construction contract due to the failure of the shipyard delivering the vessel on time. Following substantial delays, we brought a claim for a US$200 million refund, which, together with other claims for damages, make an overall total claim in excess of US$350 million.
- Acting on behalf of our client, a construction and fabrication group for the oil and gas industry in a major construction dispute relating to topside modules for the Cygnus gas field for the amount of GBP 26million.
- A provider of oilfield services, retained our energy team in relation to the termination of a contract with a company that was constructing a deepwater multi-purpose offshore energy unit over performance issues in respect of the construction of an offshore energy vessel. The matter attracted a lot of press coverage, as the development is worth almost US$1 billion.
- Acting for contractors in over half of UK’s offshore windfarm projects involving contracts based on FIDIC forms.
- Acting for major Korean shipyard in connection with the London arbitration arising out of a large offshore deepwater oil fields claims for construction defects and the near total loss of the world’s largest production and drilling quarters.
- Acting for a major Korean shipyard in connection with the London arbitration arising out of a deepwater drilling contractors claims for liquidated damages following the delays in delivery of two semi-submersible drilling rigs.
- Providing advice to a ship service company in relation to two new build contracts with one of the world's largest shipyards for the construction of two LNG carriers, each with a value of US$187million. We advised our client on the drafting, negotiation and completion of the contracts.


Qualified in England & Wales, 1986.
Qualified in Hong Kong, 1995.
Cambridge University.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

The 'very attentive' contractor-focused oil and gas lawyers at Ince 'have an outstanding knowledge base of the industry and react quickly as the matters develop'. In recent highlights, the practice handled the sale and leaseback of an LNG carrier to Chinese state-owned shipping company COSCO on behalf of Golar, and Jonathan Goldfarb - assisted by Mona Patel and Stephen Jarvis  - provided cross-border counsel to longstanding Gaslog with regards to an SPA to acquire 20% shareholding in Gastrade. On the contentious front Chris Kidd continues to lead the advice to a drilling contractor in connection with a claim against a shipyard arising from the severely delayed construction of a deep water drilling rig due to the shipyward's alleged failure to deliver the vessel on time. Simon Hems heads the practice and is also a key name to note alongside Renaud Barbier-Emery and Matthew Stratton . Jeremy Farr , Clare Kempkens and Charles Lockwood joined K&L Gates LLP .

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London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Ince¬†is a ‚Äėfantastic shipping firm‚Äô which boasts ‚Äėin-depth expertise‚Äô 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 ‚Äėfantastic experience‚Äô; 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‚Äôs admiralty and casualty response team; ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô 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.

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