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INTERNATIONAL HOUSE, 1 ST KATHARINE'S WAY, LONDON, E1W 1YL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7782 0990
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Fax 020 7481 7978
Email:
Web:
www.bentleys.co.uk
Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless, Paul Griffiths, London, ENGLAND

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Paul Griffiths

Tel:
Work 020 7782 0990
Email:
Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless

Position

Senior partner with a wide experience in a range of disputes and related non contentious work including: time/voyage charterparty and bill of lading disputes, with particular emphasis on those concerning safe ports, war risks, β€˜bad’ bunkers, delays, on/off hire, voyage failures, general average and all jurisdictional issues which arise out of them; insurance policy advice to both hull, P&I and cargo insurers/assured on partial/total loss or damage to vessel/cargo/property and dealing with any claim or dispute arising by way of subrogation or otherwise. Specific policy advice to insurers/assured on charterers’ liability to hull policies; advice and dealing with disputes arising under letters of credit, including alleged fraud; sale of goods and commodity dispute resolution generally at GAFTA and FOSFA; advice in connection with, and dealing with the consequences of marine casualties, including wreck removal and pollution (civil and criminal); ship sale and purchase disputes; litigation and claims arising out of personal injury or death; road carriage claims arising under international convention or other terms; general commercial drafting of contracts in connection with marine/transport related work, including standard terms of trade and one-off contracts to suit particular needs, including ship/yacht building, joint venture agreements and charterparties; the underlying issues of arrest, injunctions and obtaining security in connection with the above.

Career

Qualified 1979; Bentleys Stokes & Lowless 1983, partner 1985.

Education

Cardiff University (1976 Law).

Leisure

Golf.


London: Transport

Shipping

Within: Leading individuals

Paul Griffiths - Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless

Within: Shipping

Maritime and insurance law boutique Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless is a β€˜great example of a small firm that is a real match for the heavyweights’; β€˜it offers its clients an excellent service, combining detailed knowledge and experience of shipping law and the industry, with a very client-friendly approach’. Highlights included acting for the owners of the β€˜Yangtze Xing Hua’ on an arbitration award appeal. Paul Griffiths heads the practice, which includes Vernon Sewell, who heads the casualty team and has β€˜deep industry knowledge’; Nicholas Wilson, who is β€˜a great tactician’; William Chetwood, who is noted for his β€˜vast experience’; and Joanna Steele, who β€˜immerses herself in every case and has a very thorough grasp of the evidence and legal issues, whilst never losing sight of the commercial implications of a case’. Clients also single out Sarah Allan as β€˜particularly good for yacht and superyacht-related work; her practical knowledge of sailing and the industry stand her in good stead’. Andrew Powell is a β€˜details man with excellent technical skills’, and Paul Crane, who is β€˜very methodical in his approach’.

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