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William MacLachlan

15 November 2019

William is Partner at HFW and advises a wide variety of companies and financial institutions across the commercial shipping, cruise, ferry and yachting industries on a range of transactional shipping matters. William has particular expertise in ship design, ship building, ship repair, ship sale and purchase and ship recycling. He spent some eight months seconded to a leading European shipbuilder. William is a key member of HFW's Travel and Leisure Team and manages the firm's day to day relationship with CLIA and Interferry. In addition, William is experienced in matters of physical and cyber security and advises a range of ship owners and private security companies on the contractual, regulatory and compliance issues affecting them. William speaks regularly at conferences and contributes to a range of printed media. William is also a trustee of the Mission to Seafarers, one of HFW's global charity partners.

Tom Adams

22 August 2019

Tom is a shipping and energy specialist with particular expertise in dispute resolution and negotiating contracts relating to offshore construction, shipbuilding, drilling and floating production. He litigates disputes for offshore contractors, drilling contractors and shipyards as well as negotiates shipbuilding contracts, offshore drilling contracts and long term charter contracts of specialist vessels and FPSOs. Tom has particular expertise in advising contractors in relation to payment security mechanisms during operations in difficult jurisdictions and disputes with sub-contractors and suppliers. Tom has presented for IBC in relation to FPSO contracts covering design risk, variations, topside integration and commissioning issues. He has also presented for BIMCO and Lloyds Maritime Academy on the SUPPLYTIME forms.

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”.

Jonathan Elvey

03 October 2018

Jon Elvey teaches and lectures all over the world for BIMCO. He is known for making complex legal topics interesting, understandable and enjoyable.  Jon spent 37 years with Ince & Co, the leading international London law firm, specializing in maritime disputes in arbitration and litigation. After 15 years in London, Jon moved to Greece to head Inces’ Piraeus office, developing it into a major law practice. Jon has acted for four decades for many of the industry’s biggest shipowners and charterers, advising them on all their commercial issues, with a particular emphasis on cargo, charterparty, shipbuilding and sale and purchase matters. Notably, Jon acted for the successful sellers on the landmark Aktor case which led to a revision of the standard industry contract terms. Jon has written many articles and commentaries on shipping cases. He acted as editor and adviser on the leading textbook on the law of ship sale and purchase.  Jon is now a maritime arbitrator and consultant. He is also a qualified mediator and was one of the founders of an Eastern Mediterranean meditation set.  In his spare time Jon plays jazz piano. He is old enough to remember watching the England soccer team winning the World Cup, something he does not expect to see again in the near future.

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". 

Andrew Rigden-Green

23 April 2019

Andrew Rigden-Green is a partner at the Hong Kong office of Stephenson Harwood.  He is experienced in advising a wide range of clients in relation to bareboat, time and voyage charter parties, COA’s, bills of lading and MOAs, as well as shipbuilding contracts and contracts for offshore projects. In addition to drafting documentation and advising in relation to transactions, Andrew has handled litigation before the English High Court and arbitrations under the LMAA terms, LOF salvage, GAFTA and ICC.  He lectures regularly in the UK and in international conferences on charter parties and other aspects of shipping law. He has also been an LLM examiner at Oslo International University.

Jean Koh

07 March 2019

Jean is a partner at HFW in London and specialises in shipping litigation, focusing on contractual shipping disputes including charter parties, bills of lading, cargo claims, commodities/trade disputes, ship sale and purchase disputes, bunker disputes and shipbuilding disputes. She represents owners, charterers, shipyards and their insurers based internationally but has a geographical focus on the Japanese market, having worked in Tokyo for 6 months there. On the casualty side, Jean also handles wet shipping disputes, in particular fire and explosions on container vessels due to undeclared dangerous cargoes and/or engine explosions, groundings on reef, unsafe port disputes, crane collapses, damage caused by sulphur cargo, liquefaction of cargo and general average incidents. Jean has worked at the HFW in Shanghai and Pireaus.

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.

Nicholas Kazaz

01 March 2019

Nicholas Kazaz is an Associate at HFW, where he focuses on international commercial dispute resolution, specialising in offshore oil & gas, energy, and marine. Nicholas handles disputes arising from installation contracts, charter parties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, rig disputes, towage, collisions, salvage, general average, groundings, total loss, and limitation. Among others, he acts for and advises shipowners, charterers, energy companies, contractors, shipyards, ship managers, and P&I Clubs. Nicholas has particular experience of drafting and negotiating a range of contracts in the shipping and offshore sectors, including BIMCO SUPPLYTIME, TOWCON and BARGEHIRE and other standard contracts, as well as bespoke OSV vessel charter parties. Since joining HFW, Nicholas has undertaken secondments in Australia (to HFW's Perth Office with a focus on the Offshore / Oil & Gas / Commodities sectors), to the in-house legal team of a major international tanker owner, to two International Group P&I Clubs / Insurers, and a leading insurance broker. Nicholas is qualified in England and Wales.

Matt Hannaford

18 December 2018

Matt is a partner of Hannaford Turner, having previously worked at Curtis Davis Garrard (2014-2016), Clyde & Co (2005-2014) and Clifford Chance (1993-2005). Matt’s practice focuses on commercial shipping law with particular expertise in ship finance and ship sale and purchase, including newbuilding projects. He is the co-author of Goldrein’s “Ship Sale and Purchase”, the leading legal textbook on the sale and purchase of secondhand tonnage. He was a member of the BIMCO documentary sub-committee for the preparation of Norwegian Saleform 2012. His clients include shipowners and operators, major international banks, ship builders, commodity traders and private equity funds. In addition to ship finance work, he regularly advises international maritime clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures and pooling arrangements. In recent years Matt has been heavily involved in debt finance restructurings, fleet enforcements and advising on insolvency issues. Matt is also recognised for his expertise in the superyacht market and regularly represents owners, builders and international financial institutions in this unique market sector.