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Ashfords LLP

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Ieuan Jones

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Ashfords LLP

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Dispute Resolution Team specialising in marine legal work




The types of dispute Ieuan acts in include high value charterparty disputes and demurrage claims, sale and purchase disputes, ship arrests, advice to clients in the fishing industry including during criminal proceedings, piracy claims, collision, salvage and total loss claims, personal injury and employer's liability claims and pollution claims.

Non-contentious work includes drafting and advising on ship-building, conversion and repair contracts, vessel construction, refit and charter contracts, terms and conditions for marinas and storage agreements, crew agreements and employment contracts and vessel (including fishing vessel, yacht and superyacht) financing and registration and tax advice.

As well as being a member of the Marine Team, Ieuan is also a part of the wider Dispute Resolution Team and has several specialities in this area. This has included acting for large utilities companies overseeing and advising in high value WIA arbitrations, business loss claims, NRSWA and property damage claims.

He also assists with personal injury work including clinical negligence. Ieuan carries out a range of work for a variety of commercial clients - both claiming and defending - and is very familiar with all necessary procedures and has the fastidious attitude required to bring complex claims to a conclusion.

Relevant Experience:

  • Unicorn Petroleum & Chemical Trade Ind. Inc of Panama: Assisting on behalf of owners in a multi-million dollar LMAA demurrage arbitration against charterers. The claim was multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary. Ieuan received high praise - including from the panel of arbitrators - for his preparatory skills, as well as his ability to manage several aspects of the claim simultaneously in a high pressure environment. The end result was a record award to the client by the Tribunal, which would not have been possible without such dedicated involvement.
  • Thames Water Utilities Limited: Advising as the lead lawyer, defending in a high-value WIA arbitration. The complexities of the case meant working with multiple parties as well as closely with the client. Ieuan received particular high praise for his hard work and devotion to the claim to achieve the best result and accordingly was instructed on Thames's business loss claims from that point forward.
  • Metmar Denizcilik Sanayi Ve Ticarat Limited: Assisting in the arrest and sale of a cargo vessel in foreign jurisdiction on behalf of clients for unpaid dues. The proceedings were complex and included cross-jurisdiction issues and multiple parties and working tirelessly to ensure the best possible result.
  • Channon & Co -v- Ward Associates: Advising in the defence of an insurance broker exposed to a claim for £1.8 million. This resulted in an entirely successful defence and a High Court Judgment in his favour, in which quantum was valued at zero (liability in default having already been decided prior to instruction). This was then appealed by the claimant to the Court of Appeal before Gloster LJ and Tomlinson LJ. The Court of Appeal again decided in favour of Ashfords' client, the Defendant/Respondent, with judgment accordingly.
  • Exe Shipping Limited: Assisting in the purchase of two 4,000 tonne plus merchant vessels arising out of a Dutch auction, purchased from mortgagees, with loans in excess of £4 million. Ashfords were dealing with all necessary documentation to secure the purchase of the vessels and also ship finance against the security of both vessels. This included dealing with complex ship mortgage documentation and further requirements that included ensuring the vessels were deleted from the Dutch Registry and entered on the Barbados Registry.



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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