Firms To Watch: Shipping litigation

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Shipping litigation in Greece

HFW

HFW covers contentious and non-contentious maritime work. Dimitri Vassos and Dimitris Exarchou  lead the dry shipping team, covering matters in bill of lading, charterparties, ship sale agreements and shipbuilding agreements. Dimitri Vassos  also leads the wet shipping team, handling matters including total loss, salvage and main engine breakdowns. Relocating from the London office, the arrival of associate Eliza Eliades supports the litigation team, with specialist knowledge in international shipping dispute resolution. The sizeable practice extends into shipping finance, covering marine insurance, global shipping regulation and shipping sanctions.

Practice head(s):

Dimitri Vassos; Dimitris Exarchou

Testimonials

‘The firm has a strong presence in transactions related to shipping finance and sale of vessels, assisting efficiently financiers and borrowers, with their team providing their professional experience, and support, using technology and being very cooperative.’

‘Personally, I have an excellent co-operation with Anna Papadopoulou who has assisted us very efficiently with several loan transactions related to shipping finance and sale of vessels, with her deep knowledge and professional experience, performing under strict deadlines.’

‘The partners with whom we are involved with mostly, who are also the driving force of the company, are always easy to access with immediate responses, proper and fair evaluation of the case, with answers and solutions even for cases with bad merits. Billing is always correct and fair for the hours they are engaged.’

‘Dimitris Exarchou is the one of the very few partners we have worked with who simply state black and white, what actions need to be taken. There have been times that we were told the merits don’t seem good but we always have a solution and it did prove right. It is important to see results from the people you chose to work with and Dimitris is one of the very few we have met that does fit this description. Most importantly with him on your side you feel that he has your ‘back’.’

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch handles litigation and arbitration concerning bills of lading and cargo sale contracts, marine insurance claims and other commercial disputes in the shipping space. The experienced Antonis Lagadianos heads the practice, utilising his expertise in shipping and trade contractual disputes. George Iatridis co-heads the practice, supporting the team with his sound knowledge representing clients in wet and dry shipping litigation matters.  Vangelis Liouskos and Marilina Panoutsopoulou are other notable names in the team.

Practice head(s):

George Paleokrassas; Antonis Lagadianos

Other key lawyers:

Evangelos Catsambas; George Iatridis; Kostis Zafiras; Anastasia Dola; Vagelis Liouskos

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique because of the people; their professionalism and their depth of knowledge.’

‘Antonis Lagadianos: excellent lawyer, modest, always available.’

‘George Iatridis: excellent lawyer , hands on, always available.’

‘WFW provide excellent legal advice in terms of shipping and commercial law. The team is customer and solution orientated. They have a very pragmatic mind and give very quick responses to unforeseen and urgent legal disputes and matters.’

‘Antonis Lagadianos and Evangelos Catsambas are extraordinary professionals who provide outstanding services in a simple, straightforward and personalised manner.’ 

‘Very detailed oriented and quick in their advice, when needed the most. There are cases that time is of essence in the defense of a matter and WFW actively stand by their client, resolving extremely complicated problems fast. They are extremely careful and professional on all fronts as well as they remain professional at all times.’

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.

The Standard Club

Trithorn Bulk A/S

Gleamray Maritime Inc

Mystic Cruises

Louis Cruises

Naftomar

Attica/BLUE STAR FERRIES

Work highlights

  • Acted for the owner of a bulk carrier vessel in its claim against the time charterer of the vessel for substantial losses and damages caused to the vessel following the explosion of the two hatch covers of one of the cargo holds.
  • Acted on behalf of Louis Cruises in the Sea Diamond case, with damages and claims possibly amounting to over €2bn.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP represents clients in a breadth of arbitrations, mediations, dispute resolutions and High Court cases. Its growing team includes those qualified in England and Wales, Greece, Cyprus, Cayman Islands, Marshal Islands and South Africa, and is led by Piraeus office head Jasel Chauhan and Maria Moisidou, who is noted for her expertise in disputes arising form reinsurance, charterparties and cargo claims. The team was strengthened by the arrivals of Ian Teale, an expert in investigations and disputes involving marine casualties, from Wikborg Rein's Singapore office in January 2021, and senior associate Vassilis Mavrakis from Reed Smith LLP in August 2021. Timon Karamanos is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Jasel Chauhan; Maria Moisidou

Other key lawyers:

Timon Karamanos; Ian Teare; Alexander Freeman; Vassilis Mavrakis

Testimonials

‘Experise and professionalism’

‘Very good legal team overall with traditional ties in shipping.’

‘Timon Karamanos – senior partner. Good lawyer with good knowledge of law.’

‘Ioanna Gavriloglou – very good associate with great potential to excel. She tries her outmost to achieve a great result for her clients.’

‘Vanessa Tzoanos – excellent lawyer with great knowledge of the matters she handles.’

‘Cost effective and very responsive including after office hours and during weekends.’

‘Maria Mosidou – Bright, commercial and user friendly. Confident and Unflappable. Clients like her approach. ’

‘Hill Dickinson LLP provides the market with a considerable team of all level professionals with deep knowledge of Shipping Litigation. The Firm is able to address litigation cases not only from the strictly legal perspective but also adapting litigation strategy to corporate needs of the clients.’

‘Hill Dickinson LLP has the best professionals with the highest credentials combined with highest skills such as integrity, passion for achievement and accountability as well as care for the client and each case, which makes them the best trusted advisors.’

‘We believe that Hill Dickinson Piraeus is the top litigation team in the Greek market for quality, great service and value for money. They have a big team, strong management and can handle claims of any size.

‘Timon Karamanos – adds real value. He is responsive, thoughtful, analytical and always has his clients’ best interests at heart. Very easy to work with and highly recommended.’

‘A very efficient legal team, aiming always at meeting their clients’ demands and understands their perspectives, concerns and goals and adjust their advice and strategy accordingly.’

‘Through our collaboration with Timon Karamanos, we can confirm the high level of his professionalism. He is very methodical and follows up closely every matter he handles untile he gets the job done. We have also worked recently with Vassilis Mavrakis who recently joined the team. He is smart, diligent and reliable.’

Key clients

The London P&I Club

UK P&I Club

Gard

American Club

Skuld P&I

West of England P&I Club

Work highlights

  • Advised Owners, Managers, Insurers and Mortgagee Bank of the M/V WIN WIN in English High Court proceedings regarding a claim for $37.5m under a policy of marine insurance.
  • Advised the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust and BDB Pitmans on the negotiation of a specialist charterparty for the charter of the vessel SA Agulhas II with the Vessel’s Owners (the Government of the Republic of South Africa) for the purposes of the Trust’s Endurance 22 project – to locate the wreck of the Endurance, which became trapped in ice and sunk in the Weddel Sea in 1915.

Ince

Ince offers a substantial and broad practice, actively advising over Greek law maritime disputes as well as fitting in to the firm’s broader international offering. The practice is led by Paul Herring and Dimitris Giomelakis, who have combined experience in the resolution of wet and dry shipping disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Herring; Dimitris Giomelakis

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Francis; Jamila Khan; Aris Moschopoulos; Natalie Nielsen; Nikos Mathioupoulos

Testimonials

‘In my view clearly the best English shipping law team in Athens/Piraeus Greece. A good mix of very experienced partners and younger associates. All with first class service and responsiveness. Best on service and quality of work but also value for money.’

‘The legend Paul Herring is always available to share his legal expertise and commercial insight. Keeps a cool and analytic head in high pressure real time operational matters.’

‘Jamila Khan – consistently delivers quality work in complicated matters.’

‘Aris Moschopoulos has a very commercial approach to disputes with strong legal knowledge. He is very hands on, prompt and delivers very good legal results.’

Key clients

Carras (Hellas) SA

Star Bulk

D’amico

Ionic Ship (MTG) Inc

Marinsa Denizcilik

Eurotankers

Cosmoship

Sun Enterprises Ltd

Technomar Shipping

Thomas Miller (Hellas) Ltd

The London P&I Club

West of England

Gard

The Swedish Club

RINA

Optimum Shipservices Limited/Scorpio Group

Macquarie

Affinity (Shipping) LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Affinity (UK) Ltd in respect of a claim against them by Hermes Marine, the putative buyers of the vessel Phoenix Vanguard, based on a breach of fiduciary duty allegedly owed by Affinity to Hermes.
  • Advised Greek shipowner in relation to a collision in the Suez Canal, with a total claim amount of $29m.
  • Represented major shipbrokers before the Greek Courts to defend a tort action filed by shipowners against the mortgagee bank and brokers.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly advises clients under both Greek and English law, drawing on the experience of its sound team throughout Europe, Australia, Canada and the Middle East. Its practice represents clients in negotiations of shipbuilding contracts, ship sale and purchase agreements and dry docking agreements, as well as overseeing cargo recovery and defence and marine casualties. The experienced John Liberopoulos heads the practice. John Agapitos and Jenny Arkadi are also notable members of the team.

Practice head(s):

John Liberopoulos

Other key lawyers:

John Agapitos

Key clients

Costamare Inc

Avin International SA

Safe Bulkers Inc.

Latsco Shipping Limited

Empire Bulkers Limited

Hellenic Carriers Corporation S.A.

Arcadia Shipmanagement SA

Atlas Maritime Inc.

Alassia NewShips Management Inc.

Cromar Insurance Brokers Ltd

Safety Management Overseas AS

Safe Bulkers Inc.

DELTA Dynamics Marine LTD.

International Trade SA

Work highlights

  • Acted for and advised Arcadia Shipmanagement SA in relation to disputes arising under sale and purchase transactions.
  • Acted for Safe Bulkers Inc.  on a case relating to a charterparty dispute on late redelivery of a vessel with non-IMO 2020 compliant bunkers on board.
  • Advised International Trade SA on a claim against the owners and carriers under a “clean” Bill of Lading issued by the master of the vessel for a cargo of scrap metal that was delivered in a damaged condition.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP covers a range of complex shipping litigation, including charterparty and bill of lading disputes, cargo claims and disputes over the construction and purchase of vessels. It is headed by the experienced Douglas Bateson, who is often instructed by large ship owners to handle complex multijurisdictional shipping matters. The firm has a very strong following among leading P&I clubs. Dimitris Anassis is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Bateson

Other key lawyers:

Ioanna Vitta; Dimitris Anassis; Evelyn Komaki

Testimonials

‘Dimitris Anassis is extremely available. We believe his advice is always to the point and legally impeccable. We appreciate the thorough legal analysis provided, which makes them suitable for specific and more complex legal matters.’

‘We respect them as legal professionals and like them as people. They have a sense of humor too.’

‘Legal knowledge is first class.’

Key clients

N. J. Goulandris Maritime Inc.

West P&I Club

The UK Defence Club / The UK P&I Club

The Swedish Club

Britannia P&I Club

The American P&I Club

The London P&I Club

The Shipowners Club

Work highlights

  • Acted for the owners of m/t LEONIDAS and their P&I Club in a dispute concerning whether a binding charterparty had been concluded with the vessel’s charterers, Trafigura Trading LLC.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP consists of a comprehensive team who are well equipped to handle dry shipping matters, international arbitration, shipping capital markets and sanctions work. The team is led by Sally-Ann Underhill; she splits her time between both the London and Athens offices, supporting the team with her expertise in mediation, interlocutory applications, interim awards, arbitrations and trials. The practice has welcomed new arrivals from Norton Rose Fulbright, including Dimitris Assimakis, Minas Kitsilis and Sylvia Betrosian.

Practice head(s):

Sally-Ann Underhill

Other key lawyers:

Maria Zermasli

Testimonials

The ReedSmith team is capable of providing robust services to complex cases.’

‘Sally-Ann Underhill is really dedicated to her work and she assists 24/7 for all the issues that have been shared with her.’

‘The team is unique in its passion for the cases, the round-the-clock effort and the deep knowledge of the law. They are both effective and efficient. We were particularly impressed with their idea and effort towards litigation funding, which became relevant in our case-without them we would not even know such a thing existed.’

‘We have a very strong relationship with Sally-Ann Underhill. She has become a friend and an invaluable member of the team. She is knowledgeable and passionate.’

Timagenis Law Firm

Timagenis Law Firm has a reputable practice, often engaged to oversee litigation and arbitration cases with both domestic and international elements. Its array of services encompasses matters including the arrest of vessels, jurisdictional disputes, the enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards and the enforcement of mortgages on ships. Gregory Timagenis co-heads the practice with Yiannis Timagenis, with Vassilis Skouteris also a notable member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Timagenis; Yiannis Timagenis

Other key lawyers:

Christos Timagenis; Mariangela Vlachou; Zoi Timagenis

Testimonials

‘Personalized service. High skill set. Quick response time.’

‘Nimble and efficient.’

‘We use Timagenis Law Firm in our largest high-value and most complex cases simply because they are the best in terms of their knowledge, expertise, capabilities and integrity. They are an asset in shipping law and claims recovery. Their entire team from senior lawyers to juniors is a committed legal powerhouse. They also have formidable international connections which is very useful in international cases.’

‘Gregory Timagenis is a first-rate all-round shipping lawyer. He is very well respected in the shipping industry, has extensive overall knowledge of the law and is an expert at strategic holistic handling.’

‘Yiannis Timagenis is competent and reliable both as advocate and as an advisor. His advice is always excellent and very professional.’

‘Christos Timagenis is very hands-on and a tough negotiator. He also understands the practical and commercial aspects of shipping business. Yiannis and Christos are definitely amongst the best young maritime lawyers we have worked with. We also have worked with Vassilis Skouteris who is very diligent and efficient.’

‘High expertise, knowledge, and strategic approach with the cases. The lawyers are reliable and the way they approach us is the definition of excellent client care.’

‘Timagenis Law Firm consist of a number of reliable & experienced lawyers with a wide diversity. The collaboration and the technology are top rated.’

‘Simply the best maritime litigation firm. They can think outside the box and provide novel solutions to complex maritime claims recovery cases where the other lawyers cannot. Where the other lawyers say it cannot be done Timagenis simply get it done. They are a one stop-shop for international maritime claims.’

‘Yiannis Timagenis is our go-to lawyer for maritime claims recovery. Yiannis has the necessary experience and knowledge of international maritime law, the understanding of its application in multiple jurisdictions and the network of lawyers internationally to apply it. This is priceless for us. We are always grateful for his advice and client care approach.’

‘They are pre-eminent in the field of maritime lawyers in Greece. Always busy but will always make themselves available.’

‘Yiannis Timagenis is stand-out excellent. Fabulous attention to detail and a very able lawyer indeed. Also creative when it comes to finding both legal and commercial solutions to seemingly intractable problems.’