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Gerard Hopkins

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“Gerard qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and joined MFB in 1997. He specialises in shipping and trading related disputes and regularly represents ship-owners and charterers and their insurers and also international trading companies in London arbitrations, the highest English Courts, and mediations. Perhaps, more importantly, he advises clients on how to avoid having disputes.

He was recommended as being 'staggeringly dedicated' by Legal 500 2015 UK Guide.

Gerard’s recent cases have included:

  • charterparty terminations
  • large cargo claims in China
  • main engine breakdown disputes with related cargo and charter liabilities
  • numerous crane damage claims
  • off-spec bunkers claims
  • MOA disputes
  • disputes with shipyards about delays/cancellations
  •  large oil cargo contamination claims
  •  LOI related problems in China
  •  Unpaid hires and demurrages

Notable cases include:

The “Ocean Victory” [2017] – UK Supreme Court – represented Japanese charterers in successful defence of substantial unsafe port claim.

The Golden Victory [2007] – UK Supreme Court - represented Japanese charterers in successful appeals in what is now regarded as the seminal case in English law of damages for breach of contract.

The Bao Yue [2015] – Commercial Court – successful defence to claim against owners for conversion of cargo discharged into storage in China and first order by English Court for delivery up of original bills of lading

The Tychy No.1 [1999] & No.2 [2001] – Court of Appeal – leading case on the in rem jurisdiction - arrest for slot charter claim – and rectification of commercial agreement.

Azov Shipping Co -v- Baltic Shipping Co. No.1, No.2 & No.3 [1997] – the first reported cases under the English Arbitration Act 1996 on appeal from an award on jurisdiction and the legal test for the awarding security for costs

The “Kaliningrad” and “Nadezhda Krupskaya” [1995] – tortious interference with charterparty”


Trained England and Wales; qualified 1992; partner MFB 2000 to date.


Supporting member of LMAA.

London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Specialist shipping firm MFB is ‘commercial in terms of its turnaround of work and advice’; the team is ‘strong on the law and creative in its approach’. Its expertise is ‘vast’ and spans casualty response work, dry shipping, superyachts, shipbuilding, logistics and insurance. Headline work includes representing Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha on an unsafe ports dispute in the Supreme Court and representing cargo owners Bechtel in an arbitration case following the sinking of the Atlantik ConfidenceEdward Gray heads the ‘exceptional’ team, which includes Andrew Hughes, who is regularly instructed on disputes in the Far East; the ‘excellent’ Asad Naqvi; Gerard Hopkins, who specialises in shipping litigation; Ian Hawkes, who handles maritime disputes; Mark Seward, who regularly advises on cases arising out of charterparty and bill of lading contracts; Simon Wolsey, who has the ‘ability to rapidly review the details of dispute in question and provide very clear prompt advice and recommendations’; Eduardo Prim , who is praised for his ‘impressive ability to swiftly review complex legal questions, summarise them in an understandable manner and find solutions’; and  recently promoted partner Helene Peter-Davies. Key hires include associate Matthew Montgomery, who ‘immediately grasps the matter’, and Kevin Cooper, who joined from Ince & Co; and Nicholas Wilson, who joined from Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless. Andrew Wright has retired.

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