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Hill Dickinson LLP

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Hill Dickinson LLP, Ian Maclean, London EC2A, ENGLAND

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Ian Maclean

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Hill Dickinson LLP

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Marine; trade and energy.


Provides his international client base of ship owners, ship managers and their insurers with extensive multi-jurisdictional casualty experience, including collisions, structural failure, pollution, actual and constructive total losses, fire, and salvage and cargo damage. Known for his practical and measured approach in the emotive environment that characterises the immediate aftermath of a casualty. Also advises on the contractual and third-party disputes arising from casualties through to settlement, and has a pragmatic and proportionate approach to case management and settlement negotiations. In addition advises on MARPOL issues, hull and machinery claims, piracy and ship management disputes. Master mariner with 12 years’ seagoing experience; worked for a major ship manager in Cyprus where, as deputy director, he was responsible for the marine superintendency, safety, loss prevention and the casualty management/investigation functions. Contributes to seminars and writes for the trade press on litigation risk management, casualty management, seaworthiness and the ISM code. Has advised the Cyprus government on the introduction of shipping legislation.


Director of InterManager (trade association for ship managers).


City of London Freemen’s School, Ashtead, Surrey; Warsash, Southampton (1990 master mariner); University of Plymouth (1992 post graduate diploma in shipping and transport management (Distinction)); University of Bradford Management School (1993 MBA); College of Law, Chester (2001 LPC (Distinction)); London Metropolitan University (2009 LLM, international shipping and trade law (Distinction)).


Cricket, rugby sevens, theatre, political history.

London: Transport


Within: Shipping

The team of ‚Äėbrilliant legal minds‚Äô at Hill Dickinson LLP¬†offers ‚Äėprecise and commercially-orientated‚Äô advice. It is active across wet and dry work and its clients include ship owners, charterers, port and terminal operators, shipyards, P&I clubs, underwriters and traders and insurers and reinsurers. It is defending The Lion Group on a $20m dispute alleging non-performance of a long term contract of affreightment and is representing Lakatamia Shipping Company on a judgement enforcement matter. Global shipping head Julian Clark¬†‚Äėalways offers alternative strategies and guides the client in case-handling‚Äô. Other key figures include Adrian Marsh, who heads the cargo and logistics team; Tony Allen, who¬†heads the yachts team; Jeff Isaacs, who¬†is head of commodities and international trade; the¬†'experienced'¬†David Pitlarge; Fred Konynenburg, who¬†is ‚Äėprecise and to the point‚Äô; consultant and admiralty law expert¬†Robert Wallis, who¬†has particular expertise in salvage and collision matters; Russell Gardner, who¬†handles dry shipping disputes and is experienced in cases involving superyachts; Philip Haddon, who¬†handles casualty disputes; Ian Maclean, who is experienced in casualty claims; the¬†‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô¬†Tony Swinnerton; and Lewis Moore. Siiri Duddington¬†recently joined from Campbell Johnston Clark, as did senior associate Winnie Mah¬†and legal director Tom Burdass. Justin Draeger¬† has joined Mays Brown, Rhys Clift¬†has joined Thomas Cooper LLP.

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