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Kevin Cooper

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Kevin’s core expertise is in shipping (including yachting) law. For commercial shipping, his main focus is on casualty cases, complemented by his dry shipping expertise in charterparty and cargo claims and ship and boatbuilding. A keen sailor, he also handles contentious yacht and superyacht cases and regulatory and compliance matters, particularly anti-corruption issues. His clients include major international ship owners and their insurers, charterers, cargo owners, salvors, shipyards and boat builders.

 

Kevin studied law at Oxford University and was a prizewinning student barrister before serving in the British Navy for 10 years, much of that time at sea. After leaving the Navy in the rank of Lieutenant Commander, he worked for the United States Department of Justice before joining a leading shipping and insurance law firm in 2000, at which he worked in its London, Shanghai and Monaco offices.

Kevin’s casualty response practice includes collisions, groundings, ship fires, cargo damage, pollution and salvage cases. He regularly handles high-value multi-jurisdictional matters and
has been “noted for large-scale casualty cases” by The Legal 500. Such cases include the collision between the container vessel MSC Joanna and the hopper dredger W D Fairway, the grounding and subsequent collision of the Khalijia 3, the container fire on board the Amsterdam Bridge, the sinking of the Atlantik Confidence and the Norman Atlantic ferry fire. Kevin also has significant experience of handling casualties in the offshore oil and gas and yachting sectors and has acted as an advocate in court, arbitration and mediation proceedings in the United Kingdom and China.

Kevin’s earlier experience as a criminal court advocate in the Navy has provided him with valuable expertise when advising clients whose employees become the subject of criminal investigations and in handling the prosecution of ship owners and managers. That same experience benefits clients in relation to other regulatory and compliance matters, especially anti-corruption policies and procedures, on which Kevin provides advice and training to a range of shipowners and insurers.

Most recently, Kevin has been recognised as a “Rising Star” in Shipping by London Super Lawyers magazine and as a leading shipping and maritime lawyer by Who's Who Legal: Transport, in the latter of which clients commented on his “calm demeanour”. Kevin is also the Contributing Editor of 'Getting the Deal Through: Shipping' and is the panel leader for their "Market Intelligence - Shipping" publication.

Kevin is dual-qualified as a solicitor and a barrister, regularly chairs and speaks at shipping sector events, sits on various industry committees in the shipping and yachting sectors and has particular industry contacts in Norway, Denmark, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and the Americas.


He speaks French, German, Swedish and Mandarin Chinese.


London: Transport

Shipping

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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