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Paul Griffiths

Tel:
Work 020 7782 0990
Email:
Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless

Position

Senior partner with a wide experience in a range of disputes and related non contentious work including: time/voyage charterparty and bill of lading disputes, with particular emphasis on those concerning safe ports, war risks, ‘bad’ bunkers, delays, on/off hire, voyage failures, general average and all jurisdictional issues which arise out of them; insurance policy advice to both hull, P&I and cargo insurers/assured on partial/total loss or damage to vessel/cargo/property and dealing with any claim or dispute arising by way of subrogation or otherwise. Specific policy advice to insurers/assured on charterers’ liability to hull policies; advice and dealing with disputes arising under letters of credit, including alleged fraud; sale of goods and commodity dispute resolution generally at GAFTA and FOSFA; advice in connection with, and dealing with the consequences of marine casualties, including wreck removal and pollution (civil and criminal); ship sale and purchase disputes; litigation and claims arising out of personal injury or death; road carriage claims arising under international convention or other terms; general commercial drafting of contracts in connection with marine/transport related work, including standard terms of trade and one-off contracts to suit particular needs, including ship/yacht building, joint venture agreements and charterparties; the underlying issues of arrest, injunctions and obtaining security in connection with the above.

Career

Qualified 1979; Bentleys Stokes & Lowless 1983, partner 1985.

Education

Cardiff University (1976 Law).

Leisure

Golf.


London: Transport

Shipping

Within: Leading individuals

Paul Griffiths - Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless

Within: Shipping

Boutique shipping-focused offering, Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless is a 'small, close knit firm that offers genuine partner involvement in all cases' and it is 'hugely knowledgeable in handling all forms of shipping disputes'. It handles a range of contentious and non-contentious work across shipbuilding and construction, offshore projects, marine insurance, personal injury and yachting matters; as well as casualty work and cargo claims. The team, which 'has very good knowledge of the law, is very hands-on and the lawyers relate very well with clients', has a strong ship owner and operator following and acts for a number of P&I Clubs. It represented Maersk Line in its appeal to the Court of Appeal against a decision of the Commercial Court in a test case concerning the application of the package limitation provisions in the Hague-Visby Rules to containerised cargoes. Department head Paul Griffiths is an 'exceptional black-letter lawyer who pairs this with a commercial approach to reach the best all-round solutions', while Joanna Steele has a 'head for technical matters and is not afraid of getting into the nitty gritty of expert evidence'. Deug Rong Lee joined in 2019 from Kennedys.

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