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Edward Gray

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Edward graduated from Oxford, with a first class honours degree in jurisprudence. He joined MFB in 1992, having worked for the previous eight years in Hong Kong.


Ed works principally with shipyards,  ship owners and operators on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has also acted in a number of professional negligence matters.

He has 
handled cases in arbitration and in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords, and through to the European Court of Justice (The West Tankers or FRONT COMOR case).


On the non-contentious side, Ed has bought and sold companies and businesses, set up agencies and joint ventures, and acted in ship sale and purchase transactions.
Ed is a Supporting Member of the LMAA. He has acted as arbitrator, and is on the IGP&I panel of arbitrators. He was the BMLA delegate to the CMI working group on recognition of judicial ship sales.


Ed was recommended by Legal 500 in 2013 as a Leading Shipping Lawyer who 'always responds to the needs of the client'. He is also described as a key member of the team, singled out by peers as a "formidable adversary" in Chambers UK 2014. He is regularly named as a leading shipping lawyer in both Chambers and the Legal 500, and was listed in The Legal 500’s inaugural Hall of Fame in 2018. In Chambers 2018 Directory, where Ed was listed as a Notable Practitioner, he is noted in particular for his advice on contentious and non-contentious matters and his involvement in dry shipping matters, such as shipbuilding disputes and ship sales and purchases.


Richards Butler (now Reed Smith) 1979-84; qualified 1981; Richards Butler Hong Kong 1984-1991, partner 1986; partner MFB 1992 to date.


Supporting member of LMAA.


St Edmund Hall, Oxford (1978 First Class (Hons) Jurisprudence).

London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Edward Gray - MFB

Within: Shipping

The 'strong and experienced' team at specialist outfit MFB has a 'willingness to look at challenging scenarios, study and make it happen'. It offers experience across the full range of wet and dry shipping work covering emergency response work, superyachts, shipbuilding, logistics, regulatory and insurance mandates. Its broad client base includes ship owners, charterers, cargo interests, salvors, managers and brokers, banks and other financial institutions, P&I Clubs and other insurers. The team is acting for the cargo owners, Enka and Bechtel, on a high value dispute against the ship owners, as a result of the sinking of the Atlantik Confidence. Andrew Hughes is a 'brilliant practitioner' and department head Edward Gray has a 'wealth of knowledge in the sector', while Mark Seward is noted for his contentious expertise. The team, which is 'very flexible in its approach', recently welcomed Simon Spark from Ince.

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