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Charles Hattersley

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Ashfords LLP

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Marine Disputes; Marine & Transport.


Partner and Head of the Marine Team. He specialises primarily in marine and transport related matters (including aviation).


Charles is particularly skilled and experienced in "wet" casualty work, he also has extensive experience in "dry" work in charterparty and related disputes.

Charles acts for and advises major financial institutions on financial issues, in particular, international banks, major insurers, insurance brokers, loss adjusters and average adjusters in respect of contractual and tortious claims. He also has very active litigation practice and has appeared with Counsel in the Court of Appeal on 4 occasions in the last 3 years and conducted LMAA arbitrations in London as well as representing clients at high profile marine Inquests. He has in depth knowledge of the fishing industry and regularly defends a wide range of clients being prosecuted by the MCA, MMO or IFCA's.

Relevant experience:

  • Major international bank: Advising in the repossession and subsequent sale and purchase (through the Admiralty Court) of a fleet of vessels value at over €10 million. This included dealing with all issues on behalf of the bank and advising sellers on all issues involved.
  • Third party: Advising third party interests arising out of the "Napoli" grounding on the south coast of Devon in 2007. Dealing with all issues through to the Admiralty Court hearing and protecting substantial interest accordingly.
  • Private client: Acting for the pilot of "The Sea Emperors" involved in a 70,000 metric tonne spill in Milford Haven and ensuring that all issues were dealt with arising out of owners and/or charterers allegations.
  • North Devon Fisherman Association: Acting for the major fishing industry organisation and concluding matters with RWE npower in respect of a £10 billion windfarm development.
  • UK shipping company: Acting in the financing and purchase of three 5,000 tonne vessels to the value of €5.5 million.

South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: The West Country

Within: Commercial litigation: The West Country

The dispute resolution group at Ashfords LLP¬†is made up of ‚Äėskilled, hardworking practitioners, who will go the extra mile for their clients‚Äô. The team is often involved in complex, cross-disciplinary disputes and has particular experience in shareholder and director disputes, financial services claims, commercial contract and franchising disputes, and professional negligence. Andrew Perkins¬†is representing a regional property developer and principal shareholder in a multi-party claim brought by a former shareholder concerning a capital reduction demerger transaction; the case also involves claims against the tax and legal advisers, who advised on the transaction. Jason Squire¬†acted for a group providing pension products to high-net-worth individuals in relation to a dispute with a member of one of the pension schemes regarding the trustees‚Äô duty to preserve assets. Other key figures include Antony Lee¬†, legal director Stephen Walker¬† and Charles Hattersley, the last of whom successfully represented Ward Associates in a matter concerning the client‚Äôs liability in relation to a ¬£1.6m judgment.

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South West: Transport


Within: Shipping

Ashfords LLP advises on the full range of shipping and marine law. Key client sectors include the fishing industry, ship owners, port and harbour authorities, and national and international banks. Areas of expertise include shipping-related injuries and fatal accidents, high-value demurrage, shipbuilding, ship sale, purchase disputes, international arrests and cargo claims. It also advises on non-contentious issues such as fleet purchases. Highlights include acting for the owners of the the Bugaled Breizh a French fishing vessel that sank in 2004 with the loss of all five crew members, an inquest will take place in 2018 and the matter is estimated to be worth between £10m and £15m. Another highlight includes advising Hastings Harbour Quarter in relation to a coastal regeneration project with a gross development value of £500m. A further highlight includes acting for Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with regards to its marine licensing requirements for all of is existing infrastructure in the UK, this involves 10 year regional multi-site marine licenses. Charles Hattersley heads the marine team and specialises in marine and transport litigation. Senior associate Lara Moore specialises in marine regulation. Ieuan Jones is also recommended. Clients include Exe Shipping, Offshore Marine Management, Waterdance, Shoreham Port Authority and Tor Bay Harbour Authority.

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