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Nicholas Wilson

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Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless


Partner acting in all dry shipping matters including High Court litigation and arbitration in connection with charterparty and bill of lading contracts; acting for claimants and defendants in connection with cargo claims; redelivery, withdrawal, laytime and demurrage disputes, bad bunker disputes, unsafe port disputes; speed and consumption claims and advising on marine insurance and cover-related issues.


Trained College of Law, Guildford, qualified 1991; partner Bentleys, Stokes & Lowless 1999.


Spanish (working knowledge).


University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (1988 Law).


Rugby, cycling.

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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