James Severn > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution, Personal injury, Shipping, Sports and entertainment


James is a partner in the London commercial dispute resolution team. He has a broad commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice with a particular focus on shipping, insurance, and personal injury and fatality claims. His clients include ship owners, marine insurers, cruise and ferry operators, and oil companies. James has particular expertise in investigations by the MCA, MAIB and HSE following accidents and collisions and regularly advises on injuries and death at sea or on offshore installations.

He has extensive experience in the offshore and energy sectors and regularly acts for shipowners and their insurers in disputes arising from the operation of vessels in and around wind farms and other offshore installations. He advises on the contracts frequently used in the offshore/energy markets with a particular focus on BIMCO contracts. James also advises on salvage and wreck removal.

James’ sports practice focuses on football. He advises players, clubs and intermediaries on transfers, image rights, contract negotiations and disciplinary issues at a club and Football Association (FA) level. He also has significant experience of FIFA and CAS claims and advises on the regulatory requirements of the English FA.


British Association for Sport and Law

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Shipping

Providing ‘a breadth of maritime expertise‘, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP regularly handles dry shipping disputes as well as admiralty and regulatory work for a range of domestic and international clients. The firm also fields expertise in relation to yachts and superyachts, where it advises owners, charterers, traders, and P&I Clubs, among others. The practice is led by Darryl Kennard, whose work encompasses both wet and dry shipping matters, and charterparty specialist Alex McIntosh. Tony Riches was promoted to partner in April 2022 and specialises in admiralty law and charterparty disputes. Wet shipping expert Nick Donnelly and James Severn, who focuses on small commercial vessels as well as maritime injuries and fatalities, are further key contacts.