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William Chetwood

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Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless


William advises regularly on a wide range of matters. On the non-contentious side he advises owners and other interests on such matters as the purchase of new and second-hand vessels and yachts, construction issues, finance and FFA and ISDA contracts. He also has a wide ranging litigation practice including advising clients on resolving disputes arising out of charterparties, MOAs, new building contracts, insurance issues and sale of goods disputes.


Qualified 1979; joined Bentleys, Stokes & Lowless 1987, partner 1988.


Italian, Spanish.




Southampton University (1975 Law).


Scuba diving.

London: Transport


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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