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    • Timon Karamanos - Hill Dickinson LLP

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HFW has a highly experiened team that is praised for its 'commercial sensitivity' and 'quality work'. Dimitri Vassos, who has an excellent reputation for dry and wet shipping claims, leads the practice, which also includes Dimitris Exarchou, who is noted for his expertise in dry shipping disputes. The firm acts for a mix of P&I clubs, owners, and lenders, and in particular has been very busy advising on dry disputes between borrowers and lenders.

Hill Dickinson LLP has an excellent four-partner disputes team working out of the firm's Piraeus office. Group head Patrick Hawkins, who handles wet and dry disputes, has been a leading figure in the market for many years. He is supported by the equally versatile Maria Moisidou, and Timon Karamanos who is very active on contractual and commodities disputes. Recent highlights include successfully representing Machrimar Shipmanagment and American Defence Club in a precedent-setting marine insurance law case before the English Court of Appeal.

Ince has a market-leading team that benefits greatly from the expertise of George Iatridis, one of the best-regarded litigators in the market. Firm chairman, Paul Herring, who is noted for his dry litigation expertise, has relocated to Piraeus to lead the office. This follows the departures of Evangelos Catsambas and former office head Antonis Lagadianos to lead a new disputes practice at Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch.

Norton Rose Fulbright has a 'down to earth' and 'friendly' team, which is praised for its 'quick responses'. Esteemed partner John Liberopoulos leads the group, which handles the full range of matters, including admiralty claims, charterparty and shipbuilding disputes.

Thomas Cooper International has an excellent three-partner team led by the extremely experienced Douglas Bateson. The recently-promoted Dimitris Anassis comes highly recommended, as does the 'hardworking' Ioanna Vitta, who has an 'excellent knowledge of law and is keen to achieve the best results for her clients'. The firm acted for the Swedish Club as the hull and machinery underwriters in a claim brought by the former owners of the MV Renos, in the English Court of Appeal, following a casualty that took place near Suez.

G E Bairactaris & Partners is 'excellent' at advising Greek shipowners in major maritime disputes. Vangelis G Bairactaris is the main contact.

Among the local firms, PPT Legal is considered by some to have 'the best shipping litigators in Piraeus'. Milto Papangelis is very well regarded.

The team at Reed Smith LLP is led by the highly experienced George Panagopoulos, who has strong expertise in cargo, charterparty, insurance and sale and purchase claims. The firm recently advised the insurers of the mega-yacht Al Mirqab on a €25m settlement agreement between the underwriters and various shipyards and contractors.

Sarantitis is singled out for its 'very good marine insurance' practice. Eleni Papakosta is a notable name.

Theo V. Sioufas & Co. Law Offices is 'excellent' for wet and dry shipping disputes. Theo Sioufas has a very good reputation.

Timagenis Law Firm is well regarded by peers for its shipping litigation expertise. The practice, which is led by the highly-respected Gregory Timagenis, represents a mix of clients including Deutsche Bank, Queensway Navigation, and Lloyd's Register.

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch has added a litigation team to sit alongside its well-regarded non-contentious practice by recruiting Antonis Lagadianos and Evangelos Catsambas from Ince in November 2018 and George Iatridis, who joined from the same firm, in early 2019.

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