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Henning Nielsen

17 October 2016

Henning Nielsen is Senior Manager, Support & Advice at BIMCO, is responsible for advising and guiding members on contractual issues, such as handling laytime disputes, recommendations on charter party forms and clauses, commenting on terms and clauses offered to members, handling disputes on interpretation and construction of charter parties and clauses. Henning has been with BIMCO since 1984. His 40 plus years of experience has built up his expertise in laytime and demurrage issues, which is widely recognised by BIMCO members.

Stephen Mackin

29 June 2018

Stephen Mackin is a lawyer at the international law firm Clyde & Co and he specialises in shipping and energy related issues particularly those arising from the carriage of oil and gas by sea. Stephen qualified in 1994 and was with Eversheds Sutherland for 25 years before joining Clyde & Co. He speaks regularly at conferences worldwide. He has spent five years with Shell Tankers (UK) Limited and has practical experience of the operation of VLCC’s, product tankers, LNG tankers and bulk carriers. He was Shell’s “cadet of the year”, a watch-keeping officer with Operation Raleigh and has sailed the Atlantic on a Tall Ship. He is regarded by Chambers Directory as a “leader in his field” and described as being the person you want on your side when you have a dispute.

Merete Lund Greisen

25 July 2018

Merete Lund Greisen is Head of Support & Advice and has been with BIMCO since April 2013 and is responsible for advising and guiding BIMCO members on contractual issues and disputes. This involves recommending the right charter party forms, commenting on terms and clauses agreed (and to be agreed), interpretation and construction of charter parties and clauses. In addition to many years of relevant experience from the chartering departments of shipowners/operators, her background also gives her a cargo owner’s point of view in all chartering aspects.

Paul Herring

08 January 2020

Paul Herring is Chairman of Ince & Co and specialises in the resolution of disputes, both in court and arbitration and has particular expertise in ship sale and purchase disputes. His expertise covers most aspects of shipping, with particular emphasis on charter party disputes, carriage of goods by sea, sale and purchase (both contentious and non-contentious) and newbuilding contracts. He also frequently acts in errors and omissions claims for chartering and sale and purchase brokers, ship managers and shipping agents. He is regularly involved in the drafting of newbuilding contracts and the resolution of disputes arising from them. He is co-author of "Sale of Ships – The Norwegian Saleform”.

Paul Dean

20 December 2019

Paul is Global Head of Shipping at HFW managing 200 specialist shipping lawyers across a worldwide network of 20 offices. Paul specialises in offshore and marine, focusing mainly on charter parties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, rig disputes, collisions, fire and explosion, salvage, general average, groundings, total loss, towage, seismic and limitation. He regularly speaks at and chairs offshore vessel conferences and has been on the BIMCO panel for their “Using SUPPLYTIME” course for over 10 years, the review committee for the SUPPLYTIME 2005 revision and on the drafting committee for BIMCO’s new standard form Offshore Dismantling Services Agreement DISMANTLECON. Experience gained working for an International Group P&I club specialising in offshore vessels, enables Paul to combine practical understanding with the legal role. Paul  is identified in the Legal Directories as one of the leading individuals in his fields and in 2019 was elected by Lloyd's List as one of the top 10 maritime lawyers and one of the 100 most influential people in the maritime industry. Paul has also contributed to the two most recent editions of “The Law Of Tug and Tow and Offshore Contracts” by Simon Rainey Q.C. – “...Paul Dean of HFW, one of the leading and busiest practitioners in the field of offshore contracts and a veritable guru on the topic of the BIMCO forms, particularly "Supplytime", who as before very kindly gave me the benefit of his great experience  and practical insights and with whom once again I have had the great good fortune to work on a host of tricky problems on the various BIMCO forms". 

Cristan Evans

01 March 2019

Cristan Evans is a partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP and specialises in the resolution of shipping and trade disputes. He provides practical, commercial advice with the aim of resolving the most complex disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Cristan acts for shipowners, charterers, cargo interests and their insurers in disputes arising under charterparties, bills of lading and contracts of affreightment. He has acted in Court proceedings and in arbitrations conducted under the LMAA, UNCITRAL, LCIA, FOSFA and GAFTA rules. An experienced commodities lawyer, Cristan also acts in sale contract disputes for buyers and sellers involving commodities such as petroleum products, coal, vegetable oils/oil seeds and biofuels.

Tony Concagh

19 December 2019

For more than 20 years, Tony Concagh has been a premier legal advisor to the offshore energy industry and has represented many of its best known companies. A partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP since 2002, he has been described by his clients in legal directories as “tough and commercial”, “through and capable” and “a true offshore specialist”. He has acted for his clients around the world in many high profile disputes (both in the English High Court and in commercial arbitrations) including a $500 million drilling rig dispute, which was the largest ever LMAA arbitration by value. He regularly advises on problems and disputes relating to specialist vessels including  OSVs, SSVs, DSVs and CSVs, HLVs, and drilling units. As a result he has unmatched experience with the BIMCO suit of offshore forms. In 2019, represented the successful owners in the first reported case on Supplytime 2017, Atlantic Marine and Aviation LLP vs Boskalis Offshore. This established the basis on which  an owner has the immediate right to payment of an undisputed invoice without set off. The decision has implications for payment terms in all forms of contracts on English law. In recent years he has been instrumental in the development of handling disputes in the offshore renewables industry. Most recently he and his team advised on schedule delays and cost increases on a £2.3 billion wind farm project. In 2017 launched a successful judicial review  in the English High Court on behalf of an EPIC contractor against the UK government’s work permitting policy for non EEA specialist crew constructing wind farms in UK waters. He has been invited to speak by BIMCO at workshops and presentations worldwide since 2008.

Alessio Sbraga

16 August 2019

Alessio is a Partner at the London office of International law firm, HFW.  He specialises in international commercial dispute resolution in the marine and offshore sectors, and has over 12 years' experience of advising in respect of charterparties, bills of lading, sale contracts, shipbuilding, MOA, grounding, unsafe port, off-shore (FSO, FPSO, rig, floating accommodation units), bunker and cargo disputes.  He also advises regularly on international maritime regulatory issues, including those relating to MARPOL.  Alessio has an international practice, which involves him advising and representing the main stakeholders in the physical shipping and off-shore chains across the globe. This includes shipowners, charterers, freight forwarders, shippers, bunker suppliers, P&I clubs and underwriters, as well as cargo owners, banks and traders.  He handles large, complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes, and litigation in both the English High Court and in arbitration. More recently, Alessio was a member of the BIMCO sub-committee responsible for drafting the organisation's standard time charterparty clauses in response to the 2020 sulphur cap and related sulphur emission regulations, and is currently advising extensively on the legal and commercial implications arising out of these new regulations to shipowners, charterers, ship managers, P&I clubs and hull underwriters.  He also presents regularly on behalf of BIMCO on this topic. Alessio is qualified in England and Wales, and speaks fluent Italian.

Alistair Loweth

20 December 2019

Alistair advises clients on a wide range of marine, commercial and international matters in the offshore and energy sectors. He has extensive practical experience of both transactional and contentious work including more than 5 years working in-house for a global oilfield service company. Alistair’s work comprises advising on regulatory issues, day-to-day operational matters, contracts (including charters, offshore service contracts, drilling contracts, shipyard agreements, ship agency agreements, equipment leases, product sales and license arrangements), bespoke complex projects and restructurings, disputes and crisis response.

Jessica Maitra

13 February 2020

Jessica is a Partner in Clyde & Co’s Marine and International Trade department. She has an international practice with an emphasis on shipping, trade and insurance work. Jessica is an experienced BIMCO trianer. At the BIMCO courses, she is drawing on her significant experiences advising clients on both commercial and contentious matters. From a disputes perspective she works on cases in the English Courts and in LMAA and other arbitrations. She also advises on contracts and transactions in the marine and insurance sectors. Jessica regularly advises on disputes and commercial aspects of shipping contracts, including charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding contracts and ship management agreements. Jessica has a wealth of experience in cases concerning liquid, gas and dry cargoes, but has particular experience of energy shipping and tanker contracts and claims. Her clients include shipowners, charterers, ship managers, oil majors and other energy companies, traders and their insurers/reinsurers. Jessica is listed by Legal 500 for shipping.