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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, Simon Wolsey, London, ENGLAND

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Simon Wolsey

Tel:
Work 020 7330 8000
Email:
MFB

Work Department

Shipping.

Position

Simon works on both contentious and non-contentious matters, acting for shipowners, operators and their agents and insurers worldwide across a wide range of sectors including dry bulk, liner and tanker markets. With extensive experience in ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding and offshore disputes, he has also worked on pollution, collision and salvage/GA cases, piracy, legal seizure and sanction disputes as well as the full spectrum of charter and bill of lading claims from off-hire and demurrage to safe port and cargo claims. On the non-contentious side, Simon is involved in drafting many types of shipping contracts and he acts in relation to the sale and purchase of companies, fleets and individual vessels, joint ventures and pool contracts. He works frequently on vessel sale and purchase, not only for new and second-hand commercial tonnage but also for superyachts. He also acts for banks in connection with ship finance.

Career

Qualified 1992; partner MFB 2007 to date.

Member

Supporting member of LMAA.

Education

Warwick University (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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