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Wikborg Rein
30 Cannon Street
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Work Department

Shipping offshore industry group.


Chris Grieveson is a partner at Wikborg Rein’s London office and is an English solicitor. He is part of the firm’s shipping offshore group. Grieveson specialises in shipping, oil and gas, and commodity trading law. He has extensive experience of all aspects of shipping law (both globally and especially within SE Asia). He has been involved in handling some of the world’s major casualties and pollution incidents. Grieveson regularly advises shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs and traders on all aspects of carriage of goods, charterparty and marine insurance law. Chris also has extensive experience of shipbuilding and S&P disputes. In the offshore industry Grieveson advises operators and contractors in the drafting and negotiation of proposed contracts; handling claims and disputes concerning contractual performance; accidents; and claims under insurance policies. His experience includes all aspects of the industry from the initial bid and tender process through commissioning, and in-field operation. He has acted for all sectors of the industry including EPC and EPCI contractors, drilling contractors, FPSO/FLNG operators, accommodation rig providers, supply boat /barge operators, and oilfield service contractors.


Qualified 1999; partner (from 2006) Ince & Co, London and Singapore 1997-2010; partner, Wikborg Rein, Singapore 2010-12, partner, Wikborg Rein, London 2013 to date.


University of Cambridge (MA (Law)); University of Poitiers (Dip Jur).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Shipping

(Leading individuals)

Chris GrievesonWikborg Rein

The shipping and offshore practice at Wikborg Rein has strong ties with both the Norwegian and Greek markets; it has strength in advising on casualties, LNG, as well as civil fraud and enforcement matters in the offshore sector. The firm is also increasingly involved in green shipping and ESG-related matters. The ‘creative’ and ‘solution-oriented’ Chris Grieveson heads up the department and handles the full range of dry and wet shipping. Jonathan Goldfarb is specialised in transactional work, particularly in the LNG sector, while Eleanor Midwinter focuses on contracts and disputes relating to marine insurance, dry shipping, shipbuilding, and international trade. The construction of rigs, commercial ships and superyachts fall into the area of expertise of Rob Jardine-Brown. Clients hailing from Greek regularly seek out Nick Shepherd for his shipping knowledge.

London > Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes

The shipping and offshore practice at Wikborg Rein continues to build on its in-depth knowledge of the LNG sector, which sees it handle disputes concerning physical trade, transportation and storage. The practice is led by Chris Grieveson, who frequently handles disputes for clients in the oil and gas sector including cargo, fraud and asset recovery matters. Up-and-coming partner Eleanor Midwinter is ‘a star – super-responsive and a client favourite’. She handles disputes concerning crude oil, oil products, biofuels, fertilisers/additives and metals; her work encompasses matters arising from bespoke pricing provisions, sanctions considerations arising from trading with Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, and change-management clauses for longer-term contracts.