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Helene Peter-Davies





Helene is a Partner and Master Mariner with more than 25 years’ experience of the shipping industry including 12 years’ sea-going experience.

Helene joined MFB in 2009, qualifying as a solicitor in 2012, having successfully completed a GDL, LPC and an MA in Legal Studies. Helene qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and is part of MFB’s Casualty Response Team. She specialises in admiralty law with a strong salvage/wreck removal focus in addition to traditional admiralty and dry shipping areas.

Having a sound operational background obtained onboard a wide range of vessels, many of her instructions are of a technical nature and include salvage, collisions, machinery failures, structural damage, bunker quality issues, cargo damage and safe port claims/groundings. She is frequently instructed to act for salvors, P&I Clubs, Owners and Operators. Notable cases have included MOL Discovery, Shen Neng, MSC Flaminia, MOL Comfort, Cheshire and Genessa.

She has experience of Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitration, LMAA and High Court proceedings.

Helene is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, a member of WISTA-UK, and a Supporting Member of the 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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