Shipping litigation in Greece

HFW

HFW covers the full suite of contentious maritime mandates. Dimitri Vassos and Dimitris Exarchou are renowned within the market for their dry shipping work, which includes charterparty, ship sale and shipbuilding disputes in addition to cargo rejections. Vassos is also active in wet shipping matters, acting on cases involving the most severe of incidents, including total loss, salvage, fires and explosions, in addition to main engine breakdowns and groundings. The team complements its expertise in litigation with the support of Kalliopi Karaiskaki, who fronts the shipping finance and corporate offering.

Practice head(s):

Dimitri Vassos; Dimitris Exarchou; Kalliopi Karaiskaki

Other key lawyers:

Constantinos Bitounis; Anna Papadopolou

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP delivers ‘excellent subject knowledge’ of both dry and wet shipping disputes. Maria Moisidou is an expert in marine insurance, ship construction and repair, charterparty and cargo claim-related litigation; she heads the team, which offers on-site English and Greek law expertise and also includes the ‘excellentTimon Karamanos, whose core strengths lie in contracts of affreightment, memoranda of agreement (MOA), bills of lading, ship management and shipbuilding contract mandates. All forms of arbitration are handled by the group, which is closely integrated with the firm’s international offices and caters to a client roster of P&I clubs, ship owners, insurers, charterers, banks and commodities traders.

Practice head(s):

Maria Moisidou

Other key lawyers:

Timon Karamanos

Testimonials

‘Excellent subject knowledge.’

‘Maria Moisidou has been very helpfull on all matters.’

‘Timon Karamanos is excellent and always available, even after office hours and during weekends. He adapts to the needs of his clients, regularly reports back to them and finds amicable solutions, avoiding costly litigation/arbitration and respecting the commercial considerations of his clients.’

‘A team readily available at all times to provide service, secure advice and comfort to clients.’

There is an availability and willingness to offer services at all times.’

Key clients

The London Club

UK Club

Gard

American Club

The Swedish Club

Skuld

West of England

North of England

British Marine

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Machrimar Shipmanagement/American Defence Club in a substantial constructive total loss claim relating to the vessel Renos.
  • Acting for Anek Lines/ West of England in a claim arising from a fire abroad the ro-ro passenger vessel Norman Atlantic in December 2014.
  • Acting for Ariston Navigation/Gard in cargo claims arising from the engine breakdown and salvage mid-Pacific of the vessel Anemone, and related claims over the alleged unseaworthiness of the ship.

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch fields a shipping practice with a strong track record in shipbuilding, sale, transaction contract, charterparty, cargo sale, international sanction, bill of lading and marine insurance claims. George Paleokrassas chairs the department together with Antonis Lagadianos, who spreads his expertise across casualty, MOA, contractual and admiralty disputes. A further key name is George Iatridis, who has a history of acting on contentious enforcement and foreclosure, marine pollution and accident at sea mandates on behalf of a client roster of P&I clubs, banks, insurers and ship owners.

Practice head(s):

Antonis Lagadianos; George Paleokrassas

Other key lawyers:

Evangelos Catsambas; George Iatridis

Key clients

Danaos Corporation

Starbulk S.A.

Technomar Shipping Inc

Cyprus Sea Lines Co Ltd

TMS Bulkers/Tankers Ltd

Navios Shipmanagement Inc.

Eurobulk Ltd

Equinox Maritime Ltd.

Indagro S.A.

Gard P. & I. (Bermuda) Ltd.

UK Defence Club / UK P&I Club

The London Club

Work highlights

  • Acting for Eleni Shipping Ltd/Eurobulk Ltd in a High Court appeal against arbitrators’ decision that a vessel was off-hire while being held by pirates for several months.
  • Acting for the owner of a bulk carrier vessel that grounded, resulting in long delays whilst it was without propulsion or steering.  
  • Acting for the owner of a bulk carrier vessel in its claim against the time charterer of the vessel for substantial losses and damages caused following the explosion of the two hatch covers of one of the cargo holds, which injured two crew members and caused substantial damage to the ship and cargo.

Ince

A team with ‘longstanding experience in the shipping sector’, Ince enjoys a significant presence in the shipping disputes space, combining both Greek and English law capabilities. The ‘very knowledgeablePaul Herring handles wet and dry shipping disputes and arbitrations, with a particularly strong reputation for shipping transaction, newbuilding and major casualty matters. Dimitris Giomelakis leads the Greek law maritime disputes practice. Also among the team’s key strengths are cargo damage, charterparty, total loss, piracy, fire and explosion, unsafe port and salvage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Herring; Dimitris Giomelakis

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Francis; Jamila Khan

Testimonials

‘Longstanding experience in the shipping sector. The team is proactive and responsive as well as very commercially aware. Great coordination with the client during litigation.’

‘Paul Herring is timely with his advice and very knowledgeable. Jamila Khan is excellent and good to work with – an experienced dispute resolution lawyer.’

Key clients

Carras (Hellas) SA

Navios

Star Bulk

D’amico

Technomar Shipping

Ionic Ship (MTG) Inc

Sun Enterprises Ltd

Optimum Shipservices Limited – Scorpio Group

UK P&I Club

West of England

The Swedish Club

RINA

Work highlights

  • Represented French shipbrokers before the Greek courts in a high-value claim filed by the owners concerning a loan agreement and ship valuation.
  • Represented the owners and their P&I insurers in substantial claims arising under the bills of lading and charterparty following the rejection by receivers of a $60m naphtha cargo.
  • Representing the owners and their P&I insurers in significant ship and cargo damage claims before the High Court, following a collision involving a large containership in the Suez Canal which resulted in the flooding of a cargo hold.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has expertise in shipping transaction, bill of lading, marine casualty, charterparty, cargo recovery and defence litigation. It is also highly adept in contractual disputes concerning shipbuilding contracts and dry docking agreements, with further expertise in admiralty, restructuring, insolvency and enforcement proceedings. The team advises on both English and Greek law and works closely with the firm’s African, Australian, Asian, Middle Eastern and American offices. Department head John Liberopoulos stands out for his track record in a wealth of multi-jurisdictional disputes, including ICC and LCIA arbitrations as well as English High Court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

John Liberopoulos

Key clients

Costamare Inc

Safe Bulkers Inc.

Latsco Shipping Limited

Empire Bulkers Limited

Hellenic Carriers Corporation S.A.

Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd

Atlas Maritime Inc.

Alassia NewShips Management Inc.

Cromar Insurance Brokers Ltd

International Trade SA

Safety Management Overseas AS

DELTA Dynamics Marine LTD.

Carl’s Berg SA

Work highlights

  • Acting for Arcadia Shipmanagement in disputes that have arisen over sale and purchase transactions, as well as obtaining security for claims and initiating the related enforcement procedures in different jurisdictions.
  • Acting for Safe Bulkers Inc. in two significant cases, one concerning a safe port and/or safe berth warranty under a charterparty agreement, and one concerning a charterparty dispute.
  • Representing International Trade SA in a claim against the owners of a vessel under a bill of lading issued by the master of the vessel, as well as against the sellers of steel scrap under a sales contract.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the team approaches wet and dry shipping disputes with a ‘good grasp of both the legal and commercial issues’. Department head Douglas Bateson is noted for his extensive experience in withdrawal and hire, fire, total loss and grounding disputes, in addition to cargo-related claims. Dimitris Anassis, who is dual-qualified in Greece and England and Wales, is instructed on charterparty, bill of landing, marine insurance, shipbuilding and casualty proceedings, handling litigation and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Bateson

Other key lawyers:

Ioanna Vitta; Dimitris Anassis

Testimonials

‘A good grasp of the legal and commercial issues of the cases under review.’

‘Ioanna Vitta is very experienced and a good lawyer. She is also commercially minded and makes every effort to settle cases if possible, to the benefit of her clients.’

Key clients

N. J. Goulandris Maritime Inc.

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the owners of the vessel Leonidas and their P&I club, the UK Defence Club, in a dispute concerning whether a binding charterparty had been concluded with the vessel’s charterers, Trafigura Trading LLC, which withdrew from the charterparty when the market collapsed shortly thereafter.

Reed Smith LLP

Exceptionally sharp and commercially astute', Reed Smith LLP handles Greek law disputes in addition to London-based arbitrations and litigation before the English courts. Department head Sally-Ann Underhill splits her time between the London and Athens offices; she is proficient in all dispute types, including charterparty, ship management, contract of sale and international logistics cases. Associate Vassilis Mavrakis provides the team with specialist knowledge of marine insurance and bill of lading claims, with a track record of representing P&I clubs and owners in collision, pollution incident and broker’s commission proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Sally-Ann Underhill

Other key lawyers:

Vassilis Mavrakis

Testimonials

‘Reed Smith maintain a high level of professionalism and dedication to their clients.’

‘Sally-Ann Underhill has an ongoing focus on our company that creates a safety net when a crisis arises. It is always good to know that you have partners whom you can rely on whenever needed, especially within the maritime industry which operates 24/7.’

‘What impresses us about the firm is the vast and diverse resources employed and utilised. The team’s strength is their outstanding speed of response, always with exceptional thoroughness, tremendous attention to detail and unique sensitivity to the client’s needs.’

‘An exceptionally sharp and commercially astute team. Team members complement each other well and we were particularly impressed by their ability to work seamlessly across practice areas.’

‘Sally-Ann Underhill is exceptionally commercially aware and always offers keen legal insights and actionable advice. She is very approachable and knows exactly which resources to draw on internally and externally to add value.’

Timagenis Law Firm

Timagenis Law Firm has a strong track record in innovative claims of liability in the context of shipping debt and jurisdictional uncertainties. The ‘excellentYiannis Timagenis is a ‘commercial and tough litigator’ and jointly heads the team with Gregory Timagenis; the pair are also adept in debt recovery claims, the enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards, arrests of vessels, emergency asset preservation and corporate veil piercing proceedings. In addition to domestic disputes, the group handles cross-border litigation and international arbitration matters.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Timagenis; Yiannis Timagenis

Other key lawyers:

Christos Timagenis

Testimonials

‘Timagenis Law Firm are persistent, knowledgeable and achieve the best outcome for their clients.’

‘Yiannis Tinagenis is a highly experienced lawyer, an ethical person, and a commercial and tough litigator. He is very strong in shipping finance and litigation. He is a team player and works very efficiently with the banks, and is also very clever and innovative.

‘Definitely one of the most reputable shipping law firms in Greece. They continue to be our first choice for complex and high-value cases.’

‘Gregory Timagenis continues to be an unsurpassed shipping litigator with vast industry experience. Yiannis Timagenis and Christos Timagenis are both on top of their game in tough and complicated cases.’

‘With a long-established practice, there is no wonder why Timagenis Law Firm has remained at the forefront of shipping litigation in Greece and has possibly the best shipping lawyers in Piraeus I have worked with.’

‘Their ability to collaborate with our technical department is exceptional. The entire team is very professional, easy to work with, has good judgment and always provides sound advice.’

‘They are very client-oriented and have an unrivalled ability to efficiently handle any case, whether domestic or international.’

‘Yiannis Timagenis is both an excellent lawyer and a very good operator. Clients very much appreciate his ability to come up with creative ideas that are both commercial and legally astute. His work ethic is also excellent.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank AG

Natixis S.A.

Queensway Navigation Co. Ltd

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

Environmental Protection Engineering

ABN Amro Bank

Lloyd’s Register Group

Ocean Energy Ltd.

Metrostar Management Corp.

Efnav Company Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the heirs of deceased personal guarantor under a shipping loan and defending the enforcement of the loan against him by a major international shipping financier.
  • Acting for a major shipyard in connection with a multimillion-euro claim arising out of an accident and brought under the Greek consumer protection provisions.
  • Representing a shipyard in a long-running dispute with the owners of a cruise ship which capsized while in a floating dry dock, resulting in the constructive total loss of the floating dock.