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 > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Advising football teams and athletes across a range of sports – notably including sailing and yacht races – on brand protection, employment, reputational and commercial disputes and issues are routine instructions for Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s sports team. Practice head Andrew Haywood focuses on employment and disciplinary issues, while Richard Marshall regularly works on contentious and contractual matters in football – often with a multijurisdictional aspect. Nick Humphreys is a key contact for managers, coaches and backroom staff in the football industry, undertaking matters pertaining to high court and employment tribunal litigations. James Severn and Jeremy Clarke-Williams are key names to note for agent-player disputes and defamation claims, respectively.