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

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Henry Adams

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP has the region’s leading shipping practice, which is led by Nicholas Woo who handles all aspects of dry shipping. Leading light Henry Adams handles shipping, transport and marine insurance work, which includes charterparty disputes and cargo claims. Shipping, transport and international trade expert Alex Davey is also recommended. Barrister Laura Thomas leads the regulatory and corporate defence practice and specialises in road transport matters. She acts for commercial vehicle operators including road haulage companies and vocational drivers. Up-and-coming partner Lisa Wortley and senior associate Sarah Holsgrove are also recommended for shipping matters.