Henry Adams > Birketts LLP > Ipswich, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP
Providence House
141-145 Princes Street

Work Department

Shipping, Transport




Henry is a partner in our shipping and international trade team.

Henry specialises in shipping, transport and marine insurance work. His core practice involves handling charterparty disputes and pursuing and defending cargo claims. He also regularly advises on marine insurance coverage issues and conflicts of law/jurisdiction.  Henry has wide experience of court litigation from commercial court through all appellate levels and arbitration work within the LMAA, CAMP and ICC. Henry worked at Clyde & Co for 8 years before joining Birketts in 2007.
Reported cases include:

‘SIBOTI’ – Incorporation of Charterparty jurisdiction clause into Bill of Lading

OT Africa Line Ltd v Magic Sportswear Corporation and Others – Anti-suit injunction upheld by Court of Appeal

‘AZUR GAS’ – Meaning of ‘laycan’ in the context of a CIF sale


He has an MA in French and Spanish from Edinburgh University and is fluent in both languages.


Henry chairs the Lloyds Maritime Academy Course on Marine Cargo Claims and he also speaks at the International Cargo Insurance Course.  He is one of the authors of the Informa Professional Academy Certificate in Marine Claims.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Transport > Transport and shipping

(Leading individuals)

Henry AdamsBirketts LLP

The Ipswich office of Birketts LLP houses a transport and logistics practice that combines in-depth experience in shipping, road transport and trade. ‘A specialised and efficient law firm‘, it is unique in the region for the breadth of its work. Henry Adams leads the shipping and international trade practice, which encompasses dry shipping and marine insurance work. As head of the regulatory and corporate defence practice, Matthew Gowen handles Public Inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner and before the Magistrates’ and Crown Court in criminal proceedings. Nicholas Woo is a specialist in all areas of dry shipping litigation, particularly in cases involving Asian jurisdictions. Head of litigation Alex Davey, whose work includes charterparty, bill of lading and cargo disputes involving High Court litigation or London arbitration, frequently advises P&I clubs, freight forwarders and logistics companies. Senior associate Sarah Holsgrove is also experienced in complex disputes.

London > Transport > Shipping

The shipping team at Birketts LLP, which focuses on contentious shipping matters, acts for charterers, shipowners and commodities companies in both wet and dry shipping disputes. It has a strong profile in the London and international shipping markets. Henry Adams and Alex Davey jointly lead the group, with both practitioners focusing on charterparty, bills of lading, and cargo damage disputes. Dry shipping specialist Nicholas Woo is notably active in the shipping market in the Far East.