Firm Profile > Wikborg Rein > London, England

Wikborg Rein
30 Cannon Street

Commodities disputes Tier 3

Wikborg Rein is active in projects, finance and shipping, which brings it frequently into the commodities space. Acting for major trading houses and key players in the energy market, among which is Noble Corp, the firm also has a strong following among clients based in Norway, its country of origin. Managing partner Chris Grieveson leads the practice in London, in which Jonathan Goldfarb leads on oil and gas transactional matters and Renaud Barbier-Emery handles matters in the offshore and liquefied natural gas (LNG) sectors. Specialist counsel Eleanor Midwinter is an international trade, dry shipping and marine insurance lawyer with significant litigation and international enforcement experience.

Practice head(s):


‘From junior to senior members, they are steeped in the commercial and legal aspects of commodities claims, many of them having spent considerable periods of time on secondment at major players in the industry. They also cover the full range of commodities disputes from soft commodities to the more complex oil and gas fields.’

‘Eleanor Midwinter is a partner in waiting. She is a brilliant technical lawyer, but also has a finely tuned commercial sense and is excellent with clients.’

‘Chris Grieveson is one of the go-to names for disputes in this field. He has an enviable track record and his wealth of experience means he can spot subtle points in complex cases.’

Key clients


Gard AS


Golar LNG

Höegh LNG Ltd

Noble Corp


Elkem ASA

Met Group

Shipping Tier 3

Nordic firm Wikborg Rein's London team handles high-value, cross-border matters involving shipping and offshore energy. The team's recent work has ranged from negotiating contracts for charters or ship construction, to litigating disputes involving shipbuilding. The practice is also capable of handling complex matters, such as those involving allegations of bribery or fraud. It is also noted for its expertise in the FLNG space and its strong following in the Greek market. In addition to leading the team, Chris Grieveson has a broad practice covering both dry and wet shipping matters. Rob Jardine-Brown acts in shipbuilding and construction work and frequently works with Chinese shipyards, while Matt Illingworth is noted for his insurance work. Eleanor Midwinter is also a key contact, with experience in international litigation.

Practice head(s):


‘A cost-effective, quality-oriented, service-friendly and transparent firm.’

‘The London office has collected some genuine superstars, picking the best of the crop from the traditional shipping firms. This means that clients have their cases run by very experienced strategists at the top of their game, rather than farmed out to underperforming partners or less experienced associated, as can be the problem at the larger firms.’

‘The team has a real breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in shipping disputes. From junior to senior members, they are steeped in the commercial and legal aspects of maritime claims, many of them having spent considerable periods of time on secondment at major players in the industry. They also cover the full range of shipping disputes from bill of lading and charterparty disputes to more complex ship-finance and super-yacht cases. This sets them apart from other players in the market.’

‘The Wikborg Rein team has strength in depth with a number of excellent partners and strong senior associates. I am particularly impressed at their ability to combine commercial acumen with a good sense of litigation strategy.’

‘Their response times and their billing structures are two strong points in their favour.’

‘The partners are all of a very high calibre.’

‘Christopher Grieveson is a highly savvy and sophisticated litigator.’

‘Rob Jardine-Brown is a good strategist with a deep technical understanding of the offshore industry.’

‘Nick Shepherd is a very good lawyer with excellent client skills and commercial acumen.’

‘Eleanor Midwinter is a rising star who is bright, highly capable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Rob Jardine-Brown is an excellent lawyer, highly focused on getting the client what it wants.’

‘Nick Shepherd is amazingly hard working, with a good mix of aggression when needed, and judgement to know when another strategy will be more productive.’

‘Baptiste Weijburg is a practical, hands-on lawyer, possessing not only good legal skills but also the commercial understanding to resolve issues.’

Key clients

AVIC Financial Leasing


Belships ASA

Bonheur ASA / Fred Olsen

Britannia Steamship P&I


China Navigation

CMB Financial Leasing

Dolphin Drilling

Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd

Exmar NV


Floatel International Ltd

Gard AS


George Economou group companies (TMS Group, Dryships, Cardiff Marine)

Golar LNG

Höegh LNG Ltd

ICBC Financial Leasing Co Ltd

IMC Group

Marine Trust Ltd / Centrofin


Maersk Drilling

Navigation Maritime Bulgare

Navious Maritime Holdings and its group companies

Noble Corp

North of England P&I

Oando plc


Seajacks International Ltd

The London Club

The Standard Club

The UK Club


Vard Group AS

West of England P&I

Fjord Line A

Oil and gas Tier 4

Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein is predominantly focused on the energy, offshore and shipping sectors, often with a Norwegian law angle. The firm demonstrates strength in the regulatory aspects of the oil and gas industry, project development matters including FPSO projects, corporate transactions, oil service contracts and decommissioning work. Managing partner Chris GrievesonJonathan Goldfarb, who specialises in the development and finance of offshore energy projects, and LNG expert Renaud Barbier-Emery are the key figures.

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is deal-oriented and always strives to get the contract to reflect the transaction at hand. They are meticulous with the legal details, but do not get bogged down in them.’

‘The accessibility of the partners make the firm a pleasure to work with. Whether they are traveling, working from home or in the office the response time is always top notch. Having the confidence that in an urgent situation you can reach knowledgeable legal resources is a huge help.’

‘Renaud Barbier-Emery is a world class lawyer in the field of offshore drilling. He has in-depth knowledge of the applicable legal frameworks, as well as a wealth of experience that he can draw from.’

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein has an international English law practice in London which covers contentious construction matters, including international arbitration relating to construction disputes. Shawn Kirby is recommended; he is dual-qualified as an English solicitor and as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

Key clients


Elkem ASA

Yara International ASA


The firm: We are a full-service international law firm with over 230 lawyers  internationally. With our roots in Norway and over 30 years in London, our clients receive top tier London advice combined with a no-nonsense Nordic approach. The London office is home to a large specialised shipping and offshore team, supported by our colleagues in Norway, Singapore and Shanghai. The London team is sector-focussed, and the majority of our lawyers have commercial experience in-house. Our clients come to us for strategic, sector-specific advice, and clear, creative solutions. That is what we deliver. We do not aim to be the biggest, but we do aim to hire the best.

Our lawyers are leaders in the transport, shipping, infrastructure, construction, energy, trade, commodities, and insurance sectors. Within those sectors, we have unique experience with projects, finance, commercial contracts, alternative dispute resolution, commercial litigation, fraud and asset recovery. We are closely aligned with many of the sector’s major participants and have an excellent understanding of the commercial dynamics that drive the industries we work with. Further details and case examples can be found on our lawyer profiles on our firm’s website.

Types of work undertaken
Shipping and transport: We have a full-service shipping team for commercial shipping. We have an international emergency-response team to deal with collisions, groundings, fires, piracy and other casualties with mariner support on hand – key contacts in London are Chris Grieveson, Matt Illingworth and Nick Shepherd. All of our London team have significant experience in handling ‘dry shipping’ disputes and deals. This includes finance, shipbuilding, logistics, charters and bills of lading. We also have supporting expertise in areas such as sanctions, data and regulatory matters. We have particular expertise in the Greek and Singaporean markets.

Superyachts: This is an important and growing area for our firm, with a team bolstered by lateral hires from other highly regarded teams. The yacht team comprises Rob Jardine-Brown, Mike Stewart, Jonathan Page, Eleanor Midwinter, Mary Lindsay, Joanna Kinross and Camilla Burton. This team has extensive experience in providing “project counsel” advice for ongoing builds and conversions of super-yachts, as well as in relation to high value, complex disputes.

Commodities / LNG: We are cover the trading lifecycle, including projects, finance, production, sale & purchase, storage and transportation. We work with traders, shippers, financiers and insurers for energy commodities, chemicals, metals and softs. Over the years, we have intentionally built up a highly specialised team of experts for LNG work, and we have stand-out experience in FLNG projects in particular. Our projects and finance team in London includes Renaud Barbier-Emery; Jonathan Goldfarb; Jonathan Page; Ina Lutchmiah; Sebastian Lea and Mads Ødeskaug. Our shipping, trade and disputes team includes Chris Grieveson; Nick Shepherd, Eleanor Midwinter; Baptiste Weijburg.

Offshore: Offshore work remains central to our London practice, notwithstanding a challenging market. The offshore team in London is led by Rob Jardine-Brown, supported by his partners Chris Grieveson, Nick Shepherd and Shawn Kirby on the disputes side, and by Renaud Barbier-Emery; Jonathan Goldfarb; Jonathan Page; and Ina Lutchmiah on the transactional side. The team in London provides advice which covers the entire life cycle of shipping and offshore assets.

Litigation, alternative dispute resolution, enforcement and asset recovery: Our disputes team are highly effective and have a strong focus on enforcement and asset recovery. Our advice in this area is realistic, creative and focused on commercial results. We have close connections with insolvency practitioners and foreign lawyers across the world. We have this year (and in previous years) had enforcement work referred to us that seemed “impossible” and have received praise from clients for using inventive strategies and local connections to achieve major recoveries.

Foreign specialists
Greece: Nick Shepherd is a market-leading shipping lawyer in Greece, having acted for the largest Greek shipping groups. Nick is one of Wikborg Rein’s superstar signings, and the trade press notes that his “list of clients reads like a who’s who of Greek shipping.” Other lawyers active in the Greek market are Matt Illingworth, Chris Grieveson, Baptiste Weijburg and Eleanor Midwinter.

Singapore: Chris Grieveson and Lesley Tan have an in-depth commercial understanding of the Singaporean market. Chris worked in Singapore for many years, where he was highly ranked. Lesley is Singaporean and has special expertise in sale and leaseback work. Supported by the wider team, Chris and Lesley advise international clients on their in-bound South East Asian operations, using Singapore as a hub for the region.

Norway: We have offices in Oslo and Bergen offering a full Norwegian law service. Based in these offices are a number of “London office alumni” who have built up the UK-Norway connection, including Finn Bjørnstad, Birgitte Karlsen, Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen, Ole Henrik Wille, Mari Berg Rindahl, Mads Ødeskaug and Julia Skisaker. In addition, our London office is home to Norwegian speaking senior associate, Bård Breda Bjerken. We are able to provide a unique nexus between the London market and clients with Norwegian and North Sea based business.

Department Name Email Telephone
Main contact Chris Grieveson 02073670308
Photo Name Position Profile
 Renaud Barbier-Emery photo Renaud Barbier-Emery Renaud Barbier Emery is a Partner in Wikborg Rein’s London office and…
 Jonathan Goldfarb photo Jonathan Goldfarb Jonathan Goldfarb is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s London office and is…
 Chris Grieveson  photo Chris Grieveson Chris Grieveson is a partner at Wikborg Rein’s London office and is…
 Alex Hookway  photo Alex Hookway Alex Hookway is a Senior Lawyer at Wikborg Rein’s London office and…
 Matt Illingworth photo Matt Illingworth Matt Illingworth works extensively with ship owners and insurers on dry and…
 Rob Jardine-Brown  photo Rob Jardine-Brown Rob Jardine-Brown is a partner based in the firm’s London office. His…
 Shawn Kirby  photo Shawn Kirby Shawn Kirby is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s London office with a…
 Mary Lindsay  photo Mary Lindsay Mary Lindsay is a Senior Lawyer at Wikborg Rein’s London office. Lindsay…
 Eleanor Midwinter  photo Eleanor Midwinter Eleanor Midwinter is a Specialist Counsel at Wikborg Rein’s London office, working…
 Jonathan Page  photo Jonathan Page Jonathan Page is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s London office and is…
 Nick Shepherd  photo Nick Shepherd I am a Partner at Wikborg Rein LLP. I specialise in shipping,…
 Mike Stewart  photo Mike Stewart Mike Stewart is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s London office and is…
 Lesley Tan  photo Lesley Tan Lesley Tan is a Senior Lawyer in Wikborg Rein’s London Office. She…
 Baptiste Weijburg  photo Baptiste Weijburg Baptiste is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s London office and is part…
Number of resident fee-earners : 29
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