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Sean Gibbons

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Marine and international trade.


Sean specialises in shipping, shipbuilding and offshore disputes and also advises shipyards and shipowners on negotiations for new contracts.  He is recognised by The Legal 500 as a leading individual and has been praised by both, The Legal 500 and Chambers, for his commercial perspective when advising clients.

Sean advises a diverse range of clients, including shipowners and charterers, P&I and defence clubs, shipyards and banks. He has extensive experience of High Court litigation and arbitration (LMAA, LCIA and ICC) in relation to disputes under charterparties, bills of lading, MoAs and shipbuilding contracts covering vessels/superyachts and offshore structures of all types.  Sean also advises in contract negotiations relating to newbuildings.

He is regularly instructed in matters involving investigation and defending of fraudulent cargo claims made against shipowners, insurers and banks and has spent extensive time in West African countries investigating such claims. As a result, Sean is a specialist in obtaining freezing/inspection/disclosure orders and anti-suit injunctions in the English courts, especially as a part of the asset tracing process.

Sean also advises ship finance banks in relation to enforcement of mortgages. This includes the provision of both legal and practical advice on the strategic options available to enforce the lenders’ security.

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Sean Gibbons  - Stephenson Harwood

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Stephenson Harwood handles a range of shipping work and is particularly known for its expertise in complex shipping disputes. The team, which is aided by its international network, handles charterparty disputes, shipbuilding work, FPSO disputes, offshore construction matters, marine insurance and casualty matters. The wider team also advises on IP and competition work in the sector, and ship finance enforcement work is also a key strength. The team represented Navigators Insurance Company and others in a Supreme Court case. Mike Phillips heads the team and marine insurance specialist Alex Davis is noted for his experience in coverage issues and complex losses. Paolo Ghirardani handles complex disputes, often with a cross-border element, and Sean Gibbons has a strong Korea practice and is experienced in the superyacht sector. Joe O’Keeffe joined from Ince in October 2018.

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    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
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