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Simon Curtis

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Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

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Non - contentious maritime, oil and gas


Senior Partner


Simon is regarded internationally as one of London’s most experienced maritime lawyers. He has an extensive reputation in shipbuilding and offshore procurement matters. As the author of the first four editions of  the leading textbook ‘The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts’ published by Informa Law Library – the fourth edition of which was published in November 2012 - Simon is highly regarded under English law on marine construction. He has received several nominations as a leading expert in his field, including being cited as an expert in each edition of ‘The World’s Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers’ since 1998 and as one of the ‘top five’ maritime lawyers in the UK in the ‘Guide to the Best of the Best’. Simon lectures regularly on a range of shipbuilding and offshore issues, including contracts for the construction and employment of FSOs and FPSOs, and is also a contributing author to ‘Force Majeure and Frustration of Contract’, and ‘Ship Building, Sale & Finance’ also published by Informa Law Library.


Elected fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


Jesus College, Oxford (MA Law; BCL).

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP is 'a standout law firm' and 'a major player in the energy market, especially for drilling-related disputes', according to one client. The oil and gas lawyers are 'very client-focused and capable' and have 'an ability to manage cases efficiently and effectively'. The group represented a drilling contractor in a Commercial Court claim arising from the early termination of its contract for a semi-submersible unit, and represented Stena in High Court proceedings against Tullow regarding sums the client claimed were payable during the period of suspension of a contract. Key advisory work includes advising on the negotiation of shipbuilding contracts with a Korean company on behalf of Oceanus, and assisting TMS Cardiff Gas with its bids on a number of public tenders for the long-term chartering of LNG tonnage. Practice head and 'first-rate strategist' Glenn Kangisser is noted for his 'excellent legal and practical knowledge and considerable client skills' while clients recommend Simon Curtis for his 'unrivaled experience in the area'. Tom Ferns and Nicholas Foss-Pedersen joined from Rosenblatt and Teena Grewal , Fiona Cain and Helen Conybeare-Williams were promoted to counsel.

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London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Simon Curtis - Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

Within: Shipping

The ‘diligent’ team at Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP comprises lawyers who are ‘true experts in shipbuilding contracts and disputes’. It is also noted for ship conversion matters. The team represented Fincantieri Shipyard in a dispute regarding a refurbishment agreement for a cruise ship and acted. Simon Curtis, who is ‘very experienced’; William Cecil, who is ‘calm and experienced’; Andreas Dracoulis, who is ‘building an excellent reputation for careful case management’; Andreas Silcher, who is ‘very pragmatic and provides hands-on advice’; and James Brown who regularly handles arbitration and litigation; are key figures.

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