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Nicola Jeanes

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Mills & Co


Nicola qualified as a solicitor in 1991. She joined Rayfield Mills on its inception, becoming a partner in 1997.She joined Mills & Co as a partner in 2007 and is now a director of Mills & Co. Solicitors Limited. Nicola advises both shipyards and owners on the drafting and negotiation of ship construction, conversion and repair contracts and the resolution of disputes under those contracts. She also acts for owners on ship sale and purchase (including MOA disputes) and ship finance. She handles all forms of P&I and FDD disputes, advising on a broad range of charterparty and bill of lading issues ,including their overlap with international sale contracts. She mainly has experience of High Court litigation, mediation and LMAA arbitration but has also run several GAFTA and FOSFA arbitrations. On the non-contentious side Nicola advises on the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts including letters of credit and guarantees and commodity sale and purchase agreements.


1989-1991 Booth & Co; 1991-1993 Eversheds; 1993-2007 Rayfield Mills; 2007-Present Mills & Co.


Nicola has a BA Honours (History) from Bristol University.

London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Mills & Co¬†regularly acts for marine insurers, shipowners, shipbuilders, charterers and marine suppliers on contentious and non-contentious mandates. Peter Sim¬†, Andreas Welz, Martin Dalby¬†and Guy Mills¬†regularly handle admiralty matters including collision, salvage, total loss, grounding, and pollution. Elsewhere, Michael Smith¬†handles dry shipping disputes; Nicola Jeanes¬†regularly advises on contracts for ship construction, conversion and repair; Simon Williams¬†is ‚Äėexcellent on disputes‚Äô; and Mark Doyle¬†and Jonathan Green¬†are also key figures.

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North: Transport

Transport and shipping

Within: Transport and shipping

Mills & Co is a shipping and international trade law boutique, which handles a wide range of maritime sector work leading to regular instructions from P&I clubs, H&M underwriters, shipowners, charterers, commodity traders, oil majors, freight forwarders and shipyards. Main contact Guy Mills specialises in charterparty, bill of lading and MOA disputes as well as shipbuilding and ship repairing matters, while Nicola Jeanes is best known for assisting shipyards and shipowners with contracts for ship construction, conversion and repair. Martin Dalby has extensive expertise in ship casualty work and Andreas Welz has admiralty litigation and arbitration at his core. International trade and commodities expert Neville Hopper is another key individual of the team.

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