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Gateley Plc

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Nicholas Walser

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Gateley Plc

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Shipping and dispute resolution.


Partner specialising in litigation and arbitration relating to shipping and international trade. Nick’s experience and expertise includes commodity trading disputes, especially under GAFTA and FOSFA terms and oil trading contracts; cargo claims; and disputes under charterparties, bills of lading, MOAs and shipbuilding contracts. He also handles issues relating to letters of credit and trade finance, and advises ship classification and cargo inspection agencies. Recent reported cases include Soufflet Negoce v Bunge [2010] (readiness of vessel under FOB sale contract) and the Supreme Court case of the “NEW FLAMENCO” [2017] (damages for repudiation of time charter). He has been involved in numerous maritime arbitrations on behalf of shipowners and charterers, and commodity trading arbitrations under FOSFA, GAFTA, RSA, LME and LCIA rules, involving sales of soya beans, sunflower seeds, rice, barley, sugar, nickel, coal and other products.


Trained Ingledew Brown Bennison & Garrett; qualified 1977. Partner IBB&G 1979-89; partner Holmes Hardingham 1989-2008; partner Gateley 2008 to date.


Fluent French, working knowledge of German.


Supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA); correspondent member of the French Maritime Law Association (AFDM).


Worksop College; Cambridge University (1975 MA law).


Nick enjoys classical music, walking, running and going to the theatre.

London: Finance

Commodities: physicals

Within: Commodities: physicals

The shipping and transport practice at Gateley Plc frequently handles GAFTA and FOSFA arbitrations, though it also has extensive experience in disputes under other arbitration rules including RSA, LME, ICC and LCIA. Its caseload covers a wide range of commodities including wheat, maize, barley, soyabeans, palm oil, rice, sunflower seeds, raw and refined sugar, petroleum products, coal and steel. Practice head Nicholas Walser has more than 30 years’ experience in the market. His recent cases include defending buyers of a cargo of soyabean meal in a GAFTA arbitration. Highly experienced shipping partner Paul Dickie recently acted as arbitrator in a commodity sale dispute under LCIA Rules. The firm counts Soufflet Negoce among its clients.

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London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Gateley Plc receives plaudits for its ‘client service delivery’ and the team regularly handles charterparty matters, ship sale and purchase disputes, marine cargo claims, superyacht matters and shipbuilding disputes. The team represented Fulton Shipping in its high-profile dispute, the New Flamenco, which clarified the law relating to mitigation of damages for breach of contract. Additional highlights included acting for Pequod Associates as claimants on a dispute arising from the theft of containers from the port of Antwerp. Nicholas Walser is an ‘exceptional lawyer with extensive experience in shipping law’; Jane Hobbs handles marine insurance work; and Andrew Messent advises on claims relating to the carriage of goods. Associate James Jaffa is noted for his superyachts experience. Paul Dickie leads the department.

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