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Nicholas Kazaz

12 January 2021

Nicholas is a Senior Associate at HFW, where he focuses on international commercial dispute resolution, specialising in offshore oil & gas, energy, and marine. He focuses on disputes arising from installation contracts, charter parties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, rig disputes, towage, collisions, salvage, general average, groundings, total loss, and limitation. Clients he advises include: energy companies, cable owners and operators, contractors, shipowners, charterers, shipyards, ship managers, brokers, and insurers / P&I Clubs. His experience extends to all the major arbitral institutions including LCIA, ICC, SIAC, SCMA, LMAA, ad hoc arbitration, and the English courts. Nicholas has particular experience of drafting and negotiating a range of contracts in the offshore energy and marine sectors, including BIMCO SUPPLYTIME, TOWCON and BARGEHIRE, LOGIC contracts, and other standard contracts, as well as bespoke contracts. 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 an International Group P&I Club / Insurer, and a leading insurance broker. Nicholas is qualified in England and Wales.

Richard Neylon

02 August 2019

Richard Neylon is Partner at HFW in London. Richard specialises in shipping and crisis response. He acts for a range of shipowners, charterers and insurers, in wet and dry shipping disputes. A large proportion of Richard's work involves resolving disputes arising from marine casualties and he has been involved in many of the recent high profile incidents. He has particular experience of collisions, fires/explosions, salvage, piracy, capture/seizure, groundings and unsafe port claims – often involving complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration. Whilst he works in the Admiralty & Crisis Management department, the complexity of modern marine casualties necessarily involves him in a mix of wet and dry work. 

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.

Lucas Leite Marques

25 July 2019

Partner of Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados, with expertise in Maritime Law, Oil & Gas, international Law, litigation and arbitration. Law degree from the Pontíficia Universidade Católica (PUC – Rio); Post-graduated in Civil Procedural Law at IAVM/UCAM; Specialization in Maritime Law at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV); LL.M. in Transnational Commercial Practice at Lazarski University; Professor of Maritime Law at FGV/RJ; Vice-President of the Transport Law commission of the Association International des Jeunes Avocats – AIJA; Director of Maritime and Port Law of the Brazilian Center for Mediation and Arbitration (CBMA); Member of the Brazilian Maritime Law Association; Member of the Ibero-American Institute of Maritime Law; Member of the Maritime and Port Law Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association.

Christopher Chan

26 August 2019

Christopher specialises in all aspects of marine litigation and arbitration, commercial litigation and international trade disputes. He is renowned throughout South East Asia for his admiralty capability and his practice covers all aspects of shipping disputes to include collisions, salvage, charterparty disputes, bills of lading, cargo claims, tug and tow disputes, stevedore damage claims, personal injuries/fatal accident claims, insurance coverage issues and P&I insurance matters generally. Christopher is recommended as a key member of the Shipping team in the Asia-Pacific 2019 editions of Chambers and Legal 500. In particular, Chambers 2018 mentioned that clients appreciate his "prompt attendance to matters and situations," noting that "his efficiency in providing advice or strategies is effective in shedding light on the next step."  Christopher is qualified in England and Wales and Hong Kong.

Chris Hart

17 September 2019

Chris is Of Counsel at the Houston office of international law firm HFW.  His practice focuses on shipping, marine, and energy companies, including litigation and commercial transactions.  He is an experienced trial lawyer, resolving disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration.  He advises clients in transactions involving charter parties, maritime contracts, offshore energy and master service agreements, and infrastructure projects with maritime law concerns.  Chris also advises on regulatory compliance, including Jones Act coastwise trade and shipping regulations. Chris has over 25 years of experience with charter parties, sale of goods and transport contracts, maritime liens, ship arrests and maritime attachment remedies, shipping casualties, bunker and cargo disputes, marine pollution, and many issues in the shipping industry.  In the energy sector, Chris has experience in upstream and midstream commercial disputes and casualties, onshore and offshore.  He has been a speaker and author on topics including bunker contracts, OSV charter parties, coastwise trade laws, offshore drilling, and many maritime law issues. Before practicing law, Chris sailed as a professional mariner on chemical tanker, crude oil tanker, and general cargo ships.

George Leloudas

01 July 2019

Dr George Leloudas is an Associate Professor at the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) of Swansea University that he joined in 2011. He is a graduate of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He holds LLM degrees from the University of Bristol (England, 2002) and McGill University (Montreal, Canada, 2003). He also completed his PhD degree at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University in 2009 and worked in practice as a solicitor in London prior to joining to the IISTL.   George has most recently published his second monograph together with Professor Malcolm Clarke of Cambridge University on cargo Insurance. Also, in 2018 he published (with Prof Baris Soyer) an article on the carriage of passengers by sea in Michigan State University International Law Review and an article on IUU fishing (with Prof. Baris Soyer and Dr Dana Miller) in Transnational Environmental Law. He teaches marine insurance law, carriage of goods by sea, land and air and arbitration law and he is also one of the editors of the preeminent transport law publication, Shawcross and Beaumont, being responsible for the (passenger and cargo) liability chapters of the publication

Mark Lakin

05 March 2021

Mark is Senior Associate at Stephenson Harwood, Dubai. He is a skilled litigator with extensive experience in shipping, commodities, and trade finance disputes. Having trained in London and practiced there for the first five years of his career, Mark moved to Dubai in 2017 to focus on building the Firm’s shipping and commodities practice in the UAE. He continues to be heavily involved in arbitration and Court cases in England for clients based the Middle East whilst also becoming a specialist in matters before the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts and arbitrations seated in the UAE. He has acted for a wide range of clients, ranging from oil majors, state-owned oil companies, trading houses, smaller independent commodities traders, shipowners, hedge-funds, and banks.

Elizabeth Sloane

05 November 2019

Elizabeth is Senior Associate at Stephenson Harwood Hong Kong.  Elizabeth is a lawyer qualified in Hong Kong, England and Wales, and Australia. She has been based in Hong Kong since 2008. Elizabeth has significant experience on the wet side of shipping, having worked on a number of high profile casualties and groundings across the Asia Pacific region. Other particular areas of expertise include jurisdictional challenges and forum disputes, limitation of liability, maritime insolvencies, disputes involving the carriage of goods by sea, and trade finance and banking disputes with maritime law elements. Elizabeth has litigated in the Courts of Hong Kong, England, and Australia. She has also acted in a large number of international arbitrations, and has managed litigation and enforcement proceedings on behalf of clients in jurisdictions including the PRC, Singapore, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India and the United States.  Legal500 describes her as “a knowledgeable and effective litigator”.