Mr Christian Dwyer > Ince > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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Mr Christian Dwyer
Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime
Global Head of Admiralty
Christian is the Global Head of the firm’s Admiralty & Casualty Response team. His practice covers shipping, energy & offshore and international trade.
Christian is a shipping and offshore specialist and acts for a number of the world’s largest shipowners/operators, offshore contractors and hull, P&I, FD&D and energy insurers. He has extensive experience of both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ shipping. His practice covers the full range of admiralty work, including collisions, salvage, total losses, general average, wreck removal, pollution, liabilities, groundings and shipboard fires, as well as with complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. His ‘dry’ practice encompasses the full scope of shipping related matters from Charterparty, bills of lading and cargo disputes to pool agreements, shipbuilding and ship conversions. In addition to working within the UK market, Christian is particularly active in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and India.
Christian acts for a number of offshore energy contractors and operators. He advises on the construction and operation of state-of-the-art drill ships, offshore drilling units and production platforms. He has successfully dealt with a number of large-scale offshore construction disputes relating to issues involving design changes, cost overruns and warranty claims.
Christian regularly assists clients with the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts for offshore drilling projects and he has also drafted bespoke turnkey supply and drilling contracts.
Christian acts for commodity trading companies focusing on soft commodities.
He advises on all aspects of the sale and transportation of soft commodities and has dealt with numerous trade disputes ranging from contamination, shortage and late delivery claims to hedging issues. His expertise extends to trade arbitrations, including GAFTA and FOSFA.
In addition, Christian has drafted different types of sale, off-take, storage and joint venture agreements and has advised trader clients on their corporate structures.
Admiralty Solicitor Group
The ‘best-in-class’ team at Ince handles ‘the complete spectrum of legal shipping issues’, including shipbuilding, charterparty disputes and casualty issues. Led by Michael Volikas in London, the practice also includes Greece-based Paul Herring, litigators Ian Chetwood and Jeremy Biggs as well as admiralty specialist Christian Dwyer. The practice has recently gone through a period of significant change, including the acquisition of an experienced team from Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless, including Paul Griffiths, William Chetwood and Joanna Steele. The firm also secured the key hire of Hill Dickinson LLP global practice head Julian Clark as senior partner. Clark has over 30 years’ experience in this sector, handling big-ticket litigation, arbitration and mediation. Those new additions came on the back of a series of departures, including global shipping head Faz Peermohamed, global trade chief Will Marshall and commercial disputes partner Jonas Adolfsson.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Transport > Aviation
- Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Transport > Shipping
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing
- Private client > Family
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Insurance > Personal injury: defendant
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Insurance > Professional negligence
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management
- Employment > Senior executives
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing
- Employment > Employers
- Transport > Travel