Mr Jonathan Moss > DWF > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

I am Global Head of the Transport Sector and Head of Shipping and Commodities focusing on international disputes




My practice covers multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration in the marine, non-marine and reinsurance sectors and matters as diverse as professional indemnity and D&O risks, shareholder and complex contractual disputes, acting for international traders, insurers and reinsurers.



Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Shipping

DWF is regularly sought out for its strength in maritime disputes pertaining to a broad range of issues, such as cargo contaminations, casualties, and matters involving ports and terminals. Global head of transport sector Jonathan Moss leads the team and is praised for his ‘depth of knowledge and pragmatism’ as well as his expertise in shipping disputes arising in French-speaking West and North Africa. Coverage disputes, particularly Bermuda Form arbitration proceedings, are part of Tom Mungovan‘s specialisms. Director Peter Olymbios and senior associate Radhika Ruparelia advise clients on contentious and non-contentious maritime matters.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

DWF‘s ‘very good‘ London team handles a significant volume of international work, including construction, energy, IT and telecoms disputes, as well as cases in the Commercial Court over shareholder and transactional disputes. Stefan Paciorek is global dispute resolution head; Richard Twomey leads the London commercial litigation practice; Jonathan Isaacshas excellent strategic vision‘; and Jonathan Moss specialises in multi-jurisdictional commodities, shipping and logistics litigation. Also in London, Joshua Fineman is ‘an exceptional partner‘, while commercial disputes specialist Natasha Gunney is a key director, In Birmingham, Andrew Leach is CIS desk head, while Darren Kenny focuses on commercial fraud disputes.

London > Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation

DWF has been particularly busy in respect of COVID-related instructions at direct insurance and reinsurance levels, acting for both London market and international carriers, in addition to its expanding workload in product liability, property and Bermuda form. Described as a ‘pioneer in the classes he specialises in’, David Abbott is known for his political risk, trade credit and reinsurance work. For property and product liability, senior partner John Groome , Peter Barnes (particularly for Japanese and Far East markets) and Charlotte Kelly are also noted. Jonathan Moss and Antony Woodhouse also come recommended.

London > Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes

DWF exhibits a ‘very pragmatic approach and very good understanding of client’s business by the partners‘. The firm frequently handles disputes for marine insurers, P&I Clubs, shipowners and cargo interests where theft or detention of cargo is a key aspect of the case. Head of the global risks team David Abbott and London managing partner Jonathan Moss, who leads the marine and trade practice, are the standout lawyers. They are ‘knowledgeable, experienced in various fields, and can communicate key messages to clients in the simplest form‘. Antony Woodhouse focuses on Bermuda Form Arbitration with underlying risks relating to marine trade and energy.