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Andreas Welz

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Andreas is a director of Mills & Co. Solicitors Limited. He specialises in Admiralty litigation and arbitration including marine casualty investigations, salvage disputes and related charterparty, bill of lading and cargo claims. He has particular interest in and experience with unsafe port disputes and claims arising from ‘damage to hull’ issues, and specific recent experience with disputes arising from container stow collapses and losses on passage. He is also proficient, due to his experience as a P&I Club correspondent lawyer in South Africa, in assisting with the management of arrests, regulatory detentions and similar issues which may arise in the course of a vessel’s trading. Andreas has a Bachelor of Laws degree (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town, and a National Higher Diploma in Maritime Studies (cum laude) from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Prior to practising law he sailed as a senior deck officer in the fleets of Safmarine and Maersk-Sealand. He holds an unlimited Master Mariner certificate of competency and a Fisherman Grade 2 licence with High Seas Command. He is a member of the Nautical Institute. In addition to his experience in private practice, Andreas spent the summer of 2011 seconded as an in-house lawyer to the casualty team of a leading international group P&I club in Norway.


Trained Garlicke & Bousfield, Durban; qualified 2009 (South Africa), admitted in England and Wales 2011; sailed professionally as a merchant navy deck officer 1998-2008; trained and practised South African maritime law in Durban 2007-10; practised English law at Mills & Co 2010-present.


English, Afrikaans, German (conversational), French (conversational).


The Nautical Institute.


St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown (1992-96); Cape Peninsula University of Technology (formerly the Cape Technicon), Cape Town (1998-2002 National Higher Diploma in Maritime Studies (cum laude)); University of Cape Town (2004-06 LLB (cum laude)).

London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Mills & Co regularly acts for marine insurers, shipowners, shipbuilders, charterers and marine suppliers on contentious and non-contentious mandates. Peter Sim , Andreas Welz, Martin Dalby and Guy Mills regularly handle admiralty matters including collision, salvage, total loss, grounding, and pollution. Elsewhere, Michael Smith handles dry shipping disputes; Nicola Jeanes regularly advises on contracts for ship construction, conversion and repair; Simon Williams is ‘excellent on disputes’; and Mark Doyle and Jonathan Green are also key figures.

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North: Transport

Transport and shipping

Within: Transport and shipping

Mills & Co is a shipping and international trade law boutique, which handles a wide range of maritime sector work leading to regular instructions from P&I clubs, H&M underwriters, shipowners, charterers, commodity traders, oil majors, freight forwarders and shipyards. Main contact Guy Mills specialises in charterparty, bill of lading and MOA disputes as well as shipbuilding and ship repairing matters, while Nicola Jeanes is best known for assisting shipyards and shipowners with contracts for ship construction, conversion and repair. Martin Dalby has extensive expertise in ship casualty work and Andreas Welz has admiralty litigation and arbitration at his core. International trade and commodities expert Neville Hopper is another key individual of the team.

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