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Richard Neylon

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Richard works in the Admiralty department where he acts for a range of shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, marine underwriters and salvors in wet and dry shipping and marine insurance disputes. A large proportion of Richard's work involves resolving disputes arising from marine casualties and he has been involved in many of the recent high profile incidents. He has particular experience of collisions, fires/explosions, salvage, piracy, groundings and unsafe port claims ‚Äď often involving complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration. Whilst he works in the Admiralty department, the complexity of modern marine casualties necessarily involves him in a mix of wet and dry work. Richard has specific expertise in piracy and has acted for shipowners and underwriters in helping to resolve over 75 Somali hijacking cases over the last two and a half years. Through this work he has developed a network of contacts in government, the military, private military, financial institutions and intelligence agencies. The nature and sensitivity of Richard's work in piracy/kidnap cases means that client details are highly confidential. However, he is regarded as one of the leading practitioners in this field. However, it is in the public domain that Richard acted (on a pro bono basis) for the family of Paul and Rachel Chandler, the British couple that were hijacked by Somali pirates from their yacht in October 2009. The story made headline news globally. As a result, throughout the 13 months of Paul and Rachel's ordeal, Richard worked pro bono on a day to day basis providing advice and assistance to Paul and Rachel's family. Working in the background and away from the media spotlight Richard played a significant part in securing the safe release of Paul and Rachel. In addition, in July 2010, nine months into the hijacking (and again on a pro bono basis) HFW obtained an emergency ex parte super injunction against a UK newspaper to prevent it publishing what was feared would be a highly damaging story which could have put the lives of Paul and Rachel at direct risk. To the firm's knowledge, this is the first time a super injunction has been used in a kidnap and ransom situation and the case may become an important precedent. In September 2009, HFW won Lloyd's List Global Awards Shipping Law Firm of the Year for its work in piracy. In May 2011 Richard was shortlisted for The Lawyer Award ‚Äď Assistant Solicitor of the Year. Richard was made a partner in April 2011. He lectures regularly on shipping and insurance topics and has contributed articles to various publications.


Trained Hill Taylor Dickinson; qualified 2002; solicitor 2002-05; solicitor Holman Fenwick Willan LLP 2005-11; partner 2011 to date.

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Within: Shipping

HFW¬†is considered a ‚Äėmarket leader for marine casualty work‚Äô, the team is praised for its ‚Äėholistic approach‚Äô, and it is active across a range of commercial, logistics, marine insurance, collisions, losses, piracy, regulatory, cyber and technology mandates, and is also noted for its yacht experience. Highlights include acting for PAO Sovcomflot in a case brought against PDVSA in relation to hire claims and other sums due under charterparties for the carriage of various oil products. It also represents Lomar Shipping and its insurers in relation to the 2017 grounding and actual total loss of a container ship on her maiden voyage on a coral reef off Noumea, New Caledonia and is representing Evalend Shipping & Trading and its insurers on the seizure of product tanker and her entire crew by the Libyan authorities.¬†Craig Neame¬†is the global head of the shipping practice and an expert on container shipping and terminal matters. Sanctions expert Daniel Martin¬†heads the regulatory shipping team.¬†Andrew Chamberlain¬†handles collisions, groundings, catastrophes and salvage and heads the admiralty and crisis management team. Other key figures include¬†Paul Dean, who¬†is noted for offshore work; George Eddings, who¬†provides ‚Äėquick, accurate and succinct advice, while always keeping in mind the underlying commercial issues‚Äô; Richard Neylon, who¬†is ‚Äėvery smart, hardworking and very commercial‚Äô and handles wet and dry disputes; Elinor Dautlich, who¬†advises on shipping contracts; Matt Illingworth, who handles disputes; Jonathan Webb, who¬†is noted for his experience in dry work; and Richard Mabane, who¬†specialises in shipping litigation. David Morriss, Rory Butler¬†and Jean Koh¬†are also recommended, as are recently promoted partner Alex Kemp, consultants¬†James Gosling¬†and Hugh Livingstone,¬†Jim Cashman,¬†and senior associates Emilie Bokor-Ingram¬†and¬†Sally Buckley¬†. ¬†

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