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His shipping experience covers all aspects of Charterparty and Bill of Lading disputes in which he acts for a variety of corporations, oil majors, shipowners, P&I insurers, time charterers, bunker suppliers, cargo interests and their insurers nationally and internationally.

Andrew is an expert in multimodal transport disputes acting for a number of the world's largest through transport and port terminal insurers.

On commercial matters he acts for a wide range of major corporations particularly in the telecommunications sector representing them in complex national and international disputes before the English Courts and ICC Arbitrations.


Andrew joined Clyde & Co in 1994 and became a partner in May 2000. Qualified in England and Hong Kong, he specialises in general commercial litigation, shipping and trading disputes.


  • Osmium Shipping Corporation -v- Cargill International SA [2012] One of the leading recent piracy Commercial Court cases on payments of hire for hijacked vessels and the impact of CONWARTIME on charterparty obligations.
  • Boris Berezovsky -v- Merle Wood & Others [2011] Leading case on brokers' entitlement to commissions
  • Enviroco Limited -v-  Farstad Supply A/S [2011] A case taken through the High Court, Appeal Court and up to the Supreme Court on the construction of charterparty terms and obligations and defences available to group companies under the charterparty. 

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Clyde & Co LLP stands out for its ‘strength-in-depth’ , its ‘market muscle’ and for its ‘up to date, agile, commercially focused and committed service’. The firm's expertise spans wet and dry work, and contentious and non-contentious mandates; and it is particularly known for its experience in charterparty disputes, cross-border disputes, marine insurance claims and coverage, collision and salvage, cargo claims, transactional matters, shipbuilding, maritime personal injury, offshore, sanctions and superyachts. It is acting for Alpine Eternity and Britannia P&I Club on the claims management process after the vessel collided with Iranian-owned oil rig in 2015; is acting for Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company as insurers of the cargo carried on the Maersk Tangier which examines the limitation of liability for claims for loss or damage to cargo carried in containers on board a vessel; and it represented Nautical Challenge on the collision between the oil tanker Alexandra 1 and container vessel, Ever Smart. Among the team; Andrew Preston is ‘good at identifying the tactical angles’; David Bennet specialises in dispute resolution and international arbitration; Edward Mills-Webb is active on commodity, charterparty and bill of lading disputes; Martin Hall specialises in maritime law and arbitration; Nick Austin is ‘approachable’; Simon Culhane is ‘brilliant’; Irvine Marr is active on wet and dry matters; cargo casualty head Jai Sharma is ‘very experienced and approachable’; Elizabeth Turnbull is ‘always on top of the key issues’; and Hatty Sumption is ‘very clever and nothing slips under her radar’. Simon Jackson; Andrew Nicholas; Rob Collins and Fanos Theophani are also key members of the team, as are legal director Bethan Bradley , who is ‘good on the interplay between shipping and insolvency’, and senior associates James Kennedy and Thomas Kelly. Stephen Mackin and Jessica Maitra recently joined the team from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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