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FISHMONGERS' CHAMBERS, 1 FISHMONGERS' HALL WHARF, LONDON, EC4R 3AE, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7330 8000
Fax:
Fax 020 7256 6778
Email:
Web:
www.m-f-b.co.uk
MFB, Mark Seward, London, ENGLAND

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Mark Seward

Tel:
Work 020 7330 8000
Email:
MFB

Work Department

Shipping.

Position

Mark Seward graduated with an honours degree in Law from University College London. He initially qualified as a barrister and joined MFB as a partner in 2007.

Mark handles a wide range of matters relating to international trade and transportation, with particular emphasis on advising on and handling litigation and arbitration arising out of charterparty and bill of lading contracts. These include bad bunker and all manner of defence claims and P&I claims, with particular emphasis on the Eastern European Market, where Mark acts for owners, operators and traders.

In Chambers UK 2015 Directory Mark was listed as a Notable Practitioner and sources noted that 'he works incredibly hard, is bright and sees a good commercial settlement at an early stage". In the Legal 500 UK 2015 Guide he was recommended as being 'commercially focused'.

Career

Barrister (England and Wales); qualified 1992; partner MFB 2007 to date.

Education

University College London (Law (Hons)).


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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