Shipping litigation in Greece

HFW

HFW’s team is ‘always available, ensures that the client is updated on pending cases and gives solid advice’. Its caseload ranges over an extremely broad spectrum of matters including claims arising from the cancellation or repudiation of charterparties, groundings and engine breakdowns, cargo rejections, collisions and more recently, cyber-related losses and risks. Dimitri Vassos has a well-documented history of handling high-profile disputes, his expertise includes litigation pertaining to sales, fires and explosions, salvage and total loss. Vassos heads the practice alongside  Dimitris Exarchou.

Practice head(s):

Dimitri Vassos; Dimitris Exarchou

Testimonials

‘The team cares about the needs of clients and is able to provide efficient solutions in every case. Prompt replies to my queries every time. The firm really understands the business of its clients, and guarantees top-level international legal advice.’

‘Kalliopi Karaiskaki is very smart, efficient and experienced, and always provides top-level analysis and strategic advice.’

‘They are always available, ensure that the team is updated on pending cases, give solid advice and follow up timely and efficiently, and follow up on the relationship with regulatory news.’

‘Exceptionally knowledgeable, open-minded, very cooperative with third parties, exceptionally efficient.’

Hill Dickinson LLP

Home to ‘strong knowledge in the maritime shipping market’, Hill Dickinson LLP provides the full range of arbitration, mediation, litigation and early dispute resolution advice. Clients include domestic and international P&I clubs, ship owners, insurers, charterers, large corporates, banks, private equity firms, financial institutions and commodity traders who rely on the team for counsel on both English and Greek law. Department head Patrick Hawkins is ‘one of the shipping sector’s best known lawyers’; he recently represented Machrimar Shipmanagement / American Defence Club in the Supreme Court in a highly-publicised insurance claim pertaining to their vessel, the RENOS, which required salvage assistance following engine room damage. Also forming the caseload are disputes arising from management agreements, sale and purchase contracts, ship construction and repair in addition to cargo claims and recoveries. Timon Karamanos is highly recommended for his ‘reliable and responsive’ approach.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Hawkins;

Testimonials

‘The team has a strong knowledge of the maritime shipping market , and a solid presence in Greece which is a major maritime hub. Hill Dickinson compares very favorably in terms of cost to all other UK firms in Piraeus, with an equal, or even better, level of service. I recommend them highly.’

‘I would like to make special reference to Andrew Dyer who is an exceptional maritime lawyer, trustworthy, gives prompt, accurate and solid advice on all maritime legal aspects.’

‘Very efficient team with global experience.’

‘Excellent communication and cooperation with Mrs Maria Moisidou who is a specialist in her field , very user friendly and efficient.’

‘We work with Andrew Dyer, Patrick Hawkins, Ieronymos Bikakis and Ioanna Gavriiloglou. All of them are very prompt, give professional advice and are very adept in shipping law matters.’

‘Qualities we value in them include: speed of response, reasonable billing, accurate legal advice and easy to work with.’

‘Accurate advice, flexible rates.’

 

Key clients

The London Club

UK Club

Gard

American Club

The Swedish Club

Skuld

West of England

North of England

British Marine

Work highlights

  • Acting for Charterers ANEK, carriers under bills of lading/passenger contracts. Claim arising from fire aboard this passenger ro-ro vessel in December 2014.
  • Acting for Owners/Club following ME breakdown mid-Pacific and dealing with LOF salvage, unseaworthiness claims and ship management dispute with Owners.
  • Major marine matter acting for Owners of M/T “STARLET” – engine room flooding in Yemen, July 2015. This involved all apsects of CTL claims pursued against insurers in Italy and London.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP regularly represents clients in charterparty and bill of lading disputes and cargo claims in addition to litigation pertaining to casualties, shipbuilding and transactions. Practice head Douglas Bateson is also an expert in international trade disputes, groundings and collisions, fire and total losses, marine insurance and superyacht work. His team recently acted for N.J Goulandris Maritime, owners of m/t Leonidas, and their P&I Club in a dispute pertaining to whether a binding charterparty had been concluded with the vessel’s charterers. The recommended Dimitris Anassis is equipped to assist on international trade disputes involving contractual breaches and claims and also assists with settlement negotiations and mediations.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Bateson

Key clients

The Swedish Club

Reaal Schadeverzekeringen N.V.

The People’s Insurance Company of China (PICC) Property and Casualty Co Ltd

Warta S.A. Insurance and Reinsurance Company

N.J. Goulandris Maritime Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented the Swedish P&I Club and the following market in a successful appeal before the Supreme Court of a US$15m claim against the Owners of m/v RENOS regarding the issues of whether or not pre-NOA costs can rank towards CTL calculation and whether or not SCOPIC costs can rank towards CTL calculation.
  • Advised a major Greek shipping company in recovering substantial sums from cancelled charterparties in a multijurisdictional case.
  • Represented owners of a dry-bulker and their P&I Club in a substantial cargo claim relating to a cargo of soya bean meals discharged in Algeria.

Ince

Ince hosts dedicated practices for English and Greek shipping disputes relating to shipbuilding, ship sale and purchase contract, charterparties, bills of lading and cargo sale contract. Furthermore, international sanctions and maritime insurance are also core strengths with notable experience also held in relation to admiralty and casualty response with examples including collisions, groundings and salvage operations. In a highlight from the recent caseload, the team acted for the owners and P&I insurers of the container vessel CSL VIRGINIA that collided with a ferry close to Corisica and caused significant pollution across the French coast. Paul Herring heads the litigation practice with Dimitris Giomelakis heading the Greek dispute resolution offering.

Practice head(s):

Paul Herring; Dimitris Giomelakis

Key clients

Angelicoussis Shipping

Carras (Hellas) SA

Cardiff Marine Inc

TMS Bulkers / TMS Tankers Ltd

Gard AS / Gard Greece

Navios Ship Management Inc / Navios Tankers Management Inc

Starbulk Inc/ Oceanbulk Inc / Product Shipping & Trading SA

The UK P&I Club / UK Defence Club / Thomas Miller Hellas

The West Of England

The Swedish Club

The Standard Club

Work highlights

  • Represented shipowners and insurers in a multi-million dollar casualty involving the bulk carrier VITASPIRIT that crashed into a historic waterfront mansion in the Bosphorus Straits.
  • Acted for the P&I insurers of the fuel oil tanker AGIA ZONI II that capsized and subsequently sank (CTL) off Piraeus resulting in significant heavy oil pollution along the Athens Riviera.
  • Represented shipowners and insurers of the bulk carrier PANAMAX ALEXANDER that was involved in multi-ship collisions in the Suez Canal resulting in the closure of the Canal.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s broad expertise encompasses charterparty and bills of lading disputes, cargo recovery and defence, ship transaction litigation and collisions. Practice head John Liberopoulos is noted by clients for his 'clear and timely advice’; he recently represented the owners, managers and P&I club of the Lady M crude oil tanker in a London Court of Appeal claim by cargo interests of salvage contribution following a fire in the vessel’s engine room. The practice handles both Greek and English law disputes and has further key strengths in marine insurance matters, shipbuilding matters and dry docking agreements.

Practice head(s):

John Liberopoulos

Testimonials

‘Dimitri Sofianopoulos, an excellent English lawyer with deep knowledge of shipping stands out. John Liberopoulos also stands out with clear and timely advice especially on litigation issues.’

Key clients

Costamare Inc

LMZ Shipping S.A.

Safe Bulkers Inc.

Latsco Shipping Limited

Empire Bulkers Limited

Hellenic Carriers Corporation S.A.

Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd

Atlas Maritime Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Orix Investment and Management Private Limited, as mortgagee  bank, on its rights under a $7.3m facility agreement.

Reed Smith LLP

The caseload at Reed Smith LLP  includes cargo claims, casualties, charterparty disputes, shipbuilding and marine insurance claims, salvage and transaction-related litigation. Practice head Sally-Ann Underhill handles both English and Greek law cases with his team catering to a client roster of ship owners, insurers, defence clubs, hull and cargo underwriters, banks and trading companies, among others. Another name to note is associate Vassilis Mavrakis; he represents owners and P&I Clubs in collision cases, pollution incidents and brokers’ commission disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sally-Ann Underhill

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch

Clients recommend Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch for its ‘expertise in shipping legal matters as well as its pragmatic and practical approach’. Led by the ‘high professionalism’ of Antonis Lagadianos, the practice was recently bolstered by the arrival George Iatridis from Ince; he arrives with market leading knowledge of cargo and charterparty claims, insurer and reinsurer disputes and litigation resulting from accidents at sea. The team also demonstrates prowess when it comes to shipbuilding, ship sale and purchase, bills of ladings and maritime insurance claims, advising on both English and Greek law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Antonis Lagadianos;

Testimonials

‘The expertise of WFW in shipping legal matters as well as their pragmatism and practical approach to the resolution of disputes make them a valuable advisor.’

‘Working with Andonis Lagadianos and Evangelos Catsambas is always a pleasure because of their high professionalism, savoir-faire, quality standards and the fact they make themselves available whenever needed/required. With them we are always confident that our case is in the best hands.’

Key clients

Danaos Corporation

Starbulk S.A.

Cyprus Sea Lines Co Ltd

TMS Bulkers/Tankers Ltd

Navios Shipmanagement Inc.

Equinox Maritime Ltd.

Indagro S.A.

Gard P&I Club

UK Defence Club / UK P&I Club

The London Club

Work highlights

  • Represented Eleni Shipping Ltd/Eurobulk Ltd in its High Court appeal from an arbitration award on a point of law involving a $5.6m claim.
  • Representing a client in its $15-20m disputes with the voyage charterers and cargo receivers following  the vessel’s grounding.
  • Representing a client in its disputes following the vessel’s detention and the crew’s arrest due to alleged oil smuggling.

Sarantitis

Under the leadership of Eleni Papakosta, Sarantitis is engaged for dispute resolution by international and local shipping companies and banks, among others, on a broad spectrum of matters. A recent highlight saw the team represent Allianz Marine & Aviation Versicherungs, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance, Assicurazioni Generali and Rembrandt Insurance Co Ltd in the Piraeus Court of Appeal. The matter concerned proceedings issued by Starlight Shipping Company concerning the loss of its vessel, Alexandros T.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Papakosta

Key clients

Union of Shipping Agents of Regular International lines

Allianz Marine & Avisation Versicherungs AG

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance

Assicurazioni Generali SpA

Rembrandt Insurance Co. Ltd.

Timagenis Law Firm

The ‘excellent’ lawyers at Timagenis Law Firm ‘are very well connected within the Greek maritime industry and court system’. The team’s key strengths lie in shipping debt and jurisdictional issues as it frequently handles matters such as debt-recovery claims for banks and other creditors, proceedings related to the enforcement of judgements and arbitral awards, the arrest of vessels and enforcement of the security package for ship loan agreements. Gregory Timagenis ‘continues to be a pioneer of shipping litigation’ and heads the practice alongside the ‘methodical, knowledgeable and consistentYiannis Timagenis.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Timagenis;

Testimonials

‘Timagenis are all very good lawyers. They are also very well connected within the Greek maritime industry and court system.They have an excellent can-do attitude and are also very commercial.’

‘Yiannis Timagenis is excellent and is always my first point of contact for Greek court related matters and arrests, injunction applications etc. He is extremely responsive, creative and an excellent lawyer. Also very easy to deal with.’

‘There are several aspects which make the firm unique, to just say a few: they have the expertise and strategic thinking to guide us through delicate issues, they are reliable and they are highly responsive.’

‘All the lawyers with whom we have worked over the years have the ability to distill and manage crucial technical aspects of the cases in collaboration with the technical and legal department of the organisation and present such issues before the courts or the administrative authorities in a simple and convincing way. All the cases  the team handled so far had a successful result. Incidentally, the majority of the cases were complex and required strategic planning and coordination and the firm guided us effectively throughout.’

‘Particularly during the past 7 years we have been working closely with Yiannis Timagenis and Mariangela Vlachou who are both methodical, knowledgeable and consistent. They are simply brilliant. They are without any doubt worthy successors of Gregory Timagenis who continues to be a pioneer in shipping litigation.’

‘Timagenis Law Firm is the best firm in Greece dealing with the Shipping Litigation. We have co-operated in many different and all difficult cases and in each one the result was fantastic and always exceeded the expectations for our company.’

‘Obviously, Gregory Timagenis and Yiannis Timagenis are certainly stand-out partners.’

‘We have noticed that there is excellent team-work and true collaboration between partners / associates and trainees. Opinions are evaluated thoroughly and the client is listened to. There is not only knowledge but also great experience in shipping and commercial matters and the firm enjoys good reputation and respect within the market and the legal sector in general.’

‘Highly educated. Good on tactics. Gr. Timagenis is an expert of Law and of the market, with great sense of both legal and business aspects. A sharp-minded professional who likes to work on different scenarios and be prepared for any situation. V. Skouteris is a very meticulous lawyer, who analyses the legal aspects of a case thoroughly.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank AG

Natixis S.A.

Queensway Navigation Co. Ltd

Commerzbank Atliengesellschaft

Credit Europe Bank N.V

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

Credit Suisse AG.

Environmental Protection Engineering

ABN Amro Bank

Lloyd’s Register Group

Ocean Energy Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented a shipowning company before the Maritime Division of the Piraeus Courts in relation to a claim issued by one of its subcontractors claiming an additional fee for additional works during the shipbuilding of its tugboat.
  • Initiated enforcement proceedings against a Greek shipping company and successfully proceeded to the attachment and the electronic public auction of the company’s vessel in Greece.
  • Represented the shipping company before the Greek Courts in relation to a claim filed by members of the previous Board of Directors and minority shareholders of the company against the company and its current Board of Directors requesting damages for defamation.