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Nicholas Mallard

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation & Regulatory


Nicholas is a Partner in the Litigation and Regulatory Group, based in DLA Piper's Hong Kong office. His focus is on commercial litigation and arbitration with emphasis on commercial shipping, shipbuilding, casualty, marine insurance, forward freight and international trade. Nicholas is experienced in marine insurance and marine related claims handling such as charterparties, collision, safe ports, pollution, salvage, wreck removal, hull and cargo policy advice, sale, purchase and financing of goods and the mediation of disputes. He has expertise in non-contentious areas such as the drafting of shipbuilding contracts for the design and construction of bulk carriers, car carriers, various types of dredgers and for conversion of ships and of technical and crewing management contracts for bulk carriers and a cruise ship and of the drafting of charters. He is a regular practitioner of arbitration in London, Hong Kong, the PRC and Singapore and supervises arbitration and litigation in other countries. Nicholas is a supporting member of the LMAA and a former Executive Committee member of the HKMLA.




Admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales

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Nicholas Mallard  - DLA Piper

Within: Shipping

Often working in coordination with practitioners in mainland China, the 'experienced and knowledgeable' team at DLA Piper provides 'client-oriented and value-for-money service' across the panoply of matters impacting shipping clients, from dry shipping and marine casualty response to recoveries, shipbuilding and freight forwarding. 'Strong in shipping-related commercial court cases and arbitrations', the team takes 'a sensible and reasonable approach to handling cases'. The 'very diligent and hardworking' Ernest Yang has 'in-depth insights into and knowledge of the law and the shipping industry'; praised for his 'measured, tactical and client-centric approach', Yang's advice is 'always thoughtful, practical and commercially savvy'. The 'outstanding' Kevin Chan also regularly handles shipping-related disputes and is noted for his 'strategic and innovative recommendations'. Nicholas Mallard is also recommended, particularly for shipbuilding disputes.

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