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Wikborg Rein
30 Cannon Street
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Work Department

Shipping Offshore


Eleanor Midwinter is a Senior Lawyer at Wikborg Rein’s London office, working with majors, traders, banks and shipping interests. Her work is sector focussed, in the areas of physical commodities trading, shipping and shipbuilding.  Within commodities and trade, Eleanor handles disputes and drafts documentation in relation to sales, storage, and transport, as well as related issues including due diligence, chemicals regulation, price renegotiation, agency, confidentiality and introduction.  Eleanor’s shipping work includes disputes under MOAs, charters, bills of lading and insurance policies.  She has significant expertise in advising and assisting with the resolution of superyacht disputes under the MYBA charter and MOA forms, and under commission / central agency agreements.  Eleanor’s shipbuilding work includes project support and dispute resolution regarding contracts, modifications, delivery and payment, warranty and guarantees (for both commercial vessels and superyachts).  Examples of Eleanor’s work can be found at: https://www.wr.no/en/people/SeniorLawyer/eleanor-midwinter/


2017: Senior Lawyer, Wikborg Rein LLP, 2015-2017: Senior Associate, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, 2010-2015: Associate, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP,2008-2010: Trainee Solicitor, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP. Secondments at MET Commodities London Ltd., and Gorrissen Federspiel.


Energy Institute 


University of Newcastle (LLB First Class, Chancery Prize), Legal Practice Course, BPP London

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Shipping

(Rising stars)

Eleanor MidwinterWikborg Rein

London > Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes

Wikborg Rein is best known for its work in the offshore and maritime sector, which stems from its expertise in commodities, energy, cargo claims and chartering. The firm joins the ranking this year, having made significant hires at partner and associate level to strengthen and complement its specialist expertise, notably in the LNG sector. Among these are partner Jonathan Goldfarb, formerly of Ince, associates Nikhil Datta from Reed Smith LLP and Sebastian Lea from Clifford Chance LLP. Senior lawyer Eleanor Midwinter plays a key role in contentious matters involving oil, biofuels, coal and metals. Among these are various quality, quantity, force majeure and other contractual disputes in international arbitration, including a hedging dispute between a French shipping company and a US trader, and international arbitration matters including long-term pricing disputes concerning gas sales and purchases.