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David Bennet

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Clyde & Co LLP


David is a Senior Equity Partner specialising in major cross-border litigation and arbitration, particularly in the oil and gas, trading and shipping sectors.

His clients include oil companies, offshore contractors, traders and insurers, and he is CRM for TOTAL, Apache and a number of offshore drilling companies and vessel owners.


Having obtained a scholarship in law at Cambridge, David qualified as a solicitor with another firm in 1991‎ and spent three years in the Middle East building a litigation practice. He joined Clydes in 1997 and became a partner in 2001.


  • David has spent much of‎ 2015/16 fighting an UNCITRAL arbitration involving USD half billion claims for a rig owner unable to recover dayrate from a state-owned oil company which has advanced a series of spurious claims and interlocutory actions to delay Award.
  • Acting in major LCIA arbitration (set down for 6 weeks) involving a rig supplied with significant defects in virtually every system, in which the drilling contract was terminated, and where we successfully obtained offer of settlement at several times the contractual limit.
  • Acting for an oil company in an expedited ICC arbitration involving the rights of a participant in a JOA to obtain information confidential to the Kurdish Government and protected under the PSC wording.


David is co-head of the firm's Oil and Gas Group, sits on the Executive of the Marine and International Trade Department, and was formerly on the firm's Global Management Board (including during the negotiation and delivery of the successful merger with Barlows).‎ He has previously acted for a number of years on the Board of the Aden Container Terminal.

London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

David Bennet - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Shipping

Clyde & Co LLP¬†stands out for its ‚Äėstrength-in-depth‚Äô , its ‚Äėmarket muscle‚Äô and for its ‚Äėup to date, agile, commercially focused and committed service‚Äô.¬†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 ‚Äėgood at identifying the tactical angles‚Äô; 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 ‚Äėapproachable‚Äô; Simon Culhane¬†is ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô; Irvine Marr¬†is active on wet and dry matters; cargo casualty head Jai Sharma¬†is ‚Äėvery experienced and approachable‚Äô; Elizabeth Turnbull¬†is ‚Äėalways on top of the key issues‚Äô; and Hatty Sumption¬†is ‚Äėvery clever and nothing slips under her radar‚Äô. Simon Jackson; Andrew Nicholas; Rob Collins¬†and Fanos Theophani¬†are also key members of the team, as are legal director Bethan Bradley¬†, who is ‚Äėgood on the interplay between shipping and insolvency‚Äô, 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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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Clyde & Co LLP's Guildford team works in tandem with its London office to provide the full range of litigation and arbitration services. Key partners include David Bennet, who has noted expertise in the areas of oil and gas, international trading, shipping and construction, and Chris Burdett, who acts for a number of clients in the technology field. Tim Foley has a focus on real estate-related disputes and Mark Walsh handles litigation and arbitration matters, especially in the oil and gas and energy sectors. As part of a global group, the team is often involved in cross-border cases.

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South East: Transport


Within: Shipping

The well-staffed marine practice at Clyde & Co LLP in Guildford advises, litigates and arbitrates in cases involving cargo, casualty, and charterparty issues, as well as employment and immigration, ship and asset finance, transactions and trading, insurance, operation and construction matters. In terms of cargo, the lawyers alongside cargo casualty expert Jai Sharma handle logistics and contentious matters involving bills of lading, issues with quality or quantity, contamination and letters of indemnity. Accredited mediator Martin Hall leads the marine casualty sub-practice, focusing on collisions, crisis management, recoveries, salvage, unseaworthiness, fires and explosions, grounding, total loss, and personal injury claims, as well as wreck removal and deep sea recovery projects. Nick Greensmith and technical director John Reed are other names to note in this area. In dispute resolution, the team has particular expertise in arbitration; David Bennet handles marine, international trading and oil and gas related disputes. Simon Culhane and Andrew Nicholas are the main contacts for insurance disputes, while legal directors Eleanor Coates and Rebecca Armstrong cover commercial marine trading disputes.

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