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Henry Adams

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Birketts LLP

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Shipping, Transport




Henry is a partner in our shipping and international trade team.

Henry specialises in shipping, transport and marine insurance work. His core practice involves handling charterparty disputes and pursuing and defending cargo claims. He also regularly advises on marine insurance coverage issues and conflicts of law/jurisdiction.  Henry has wide experience of court litigation from commercial court through all appellate levels and arbitration work within the LMAA, CAMP and ICC. Henry worked at Clyde & Co for 8 years before joining Birketts in 2007.
Reported cases include:

'SIBOTI' - Incorporation of Charterparty jurisdiction clause into Bill of Lading

OT Africa Line Ltd v Magic Sportswear Corporation and Others - Anti-suit injunction upheld by Court of Appeal

'AZUR GAS' - Meaning of 'laycan' in the context of a CIF sale


He has an MA in French and Spanish from Edinburgh University and is fluent in both languages.


Henry chairs the Lloyds Maritime Academy Course on Marine Cargo Claims and he also speaks at the International Cargo Insurance Course.  He is one of the authors of the Informa Professional Academy Certificate in Marine Claims.

East Anglia: Transport

Transport and shipping

Within: Leading individuals

Henry Adams - Birketts LLP

Within: Transport and shipping

Clients praise the ‚Äėexpertise in insurance, shipping and commodity matters'¬†at Birketts LLP, which¬†supports clients in the¬†all sectors of the transport industry including logistics, haulage, warehousing, freight forwarding and ocean shipping. Shipping and logistics partner¬†Nicholas Woo¬†is the key contact. Henry Adams¬†and associate Pamela Dunning are key members of a practice that provides ‚ÄėCity expertise delivered on a more personal basis'. 'Response times are quick, the industry knowledge is good, the advice is always thorough and excellent value for high-quality service', says one client of the¬†shipping practice, which frequently handles¬†cargo claims and charterparty disputes. 'The quality of service standards compares to renowned London City shipping law firms', he adds.¬†Alex Davey¬†and¬†senior associate¬†Sarah Holsgrove¬†'provide thorough and commercial advice'.¬†Barrister Matthew Gowen¬†and senior associate Philippa Dyer¬†are recommended for contentious matters and clients remark that they are 'attentive, proactive, approachable, understanding and knowledgeable'.¬†Barrister and¬†Deputy Traffic Commissioner¬†Laura Thomas¬†is recommended for regulatory matters.¬†Associate Daniel Hart¬†in Cambridge is part of the¬†firm‚Äôs corporate criminal defence group and specialises in transport regulatory matters.

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London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Birketts LLP¬†is able to ‚Äėexplain difficult matters in an easy way‚Äô and its ‚Äėreplies are prompt and take into consideration both the commercial and the legal points‚Äô. The practice handles a range of wet and dry work, with expertise across bills of lading; charterparties, contracts of affreightment, cargo claims, shipbuilding disputes and marine insurance, as well as general average, salvage towage, collisions ship arrest and collision claims. Filhet-Allard Maritime, Raets Marine Insurance, SIACI Saint Honor√©, Shipowners P & I Club and Allianz Global & Speciality France are clients. Nicholas Woo¬†leads the team which features Alex Davey, who has an ‚Äėexcellent grasp of the legal issues as well as the commercial considerations, and provides clear and concise advice‚Äô; Henry Adams, who handles shipping, transport and marine insurance work;¬† Lisa Wortley, who is regularly instructed on claims relating to vessel performance; and senior associate Graham Kershaw. Legal director Paul Haworth¬†recently joined from Winter Scott LLP.

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