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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Shipping, Commercial dispute resolution


Rhys is a partner in the London office and a member of the shipping team. He has over 35 years’ experience in commercial litigation and arbitration, specialising in a wide range of insurance and reinsurance (marine and non-marine), in maritime casualties, such as groundings, explosions, fires and structural failures, as well as piracy, kidnap and ransom, political violence and offshore construction. Rhys has a particular interest in crisis management and cyber hazard. He is an active commercial mediator at SeaMediation.com and a listed Distinguished Neutral at CPR in New York.

Rhys is the author of Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation in England and Wales, the second edition, published in 2019, and the principal architect and co-author of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Practice, published by the Institute of Insurance of London in 2011.


Rhys joined Thomas Cooper in May 2018 from Hill Dickinson where he spent 36 years in the shipping and insurance departments. He was managing partner of Hill Taylor Dickinson between 1999-2003.




He has a law degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a postgraduate degree from the University of Aix/Marseille.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s London team is led by senior partner Rhys Clift, who holds over 35 years’ experience in insurance and reinsurance. Marine insurance, coverage disputes and credit risk are his key areas, working alongside consultant John Strange, associate director Louise High and Guildford-based travel law head Mark Lee.