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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.

Ashok Srinivasan

10 April 2019

Ashok is Manager, Maritime Technology and Regulation at BIMCO and is responsible for coordinating BIMCO’s initiatives on a variety of technical, operational and regulation related matters. He represents BIMCO at international organisations such as International Maritime Organization(IMO), International Association of Classification Societies(IACS) on aforementioned matters. He is educated as a master mariner, dynamic positioning officer, and marine lead auditor. He also holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Copenhagen Business School. He is an experienced seafarer with 18 years of experience in the maritime sector. He started his career with A.P.Moller Maersk and has sailed on a variety of ships including containers, car carriers, oil tankers (crude and product), gas tankers (LPG and LNG) in the maritime shipping (13 years) and platform supply vessels & cable layers in the offshore sector (3years). Ashok has also been a visiting faculty at the marine colleges in India, where he taught navigation, safety and cargo related courses to budding seafarers. He is certified as a lead auditor and integrated marine auditor by LRQA (Lloyds register quality assurance). He has conducted quality, safety and security audits on several ship types and helped prepare ships for external class audits (ISM, ISPS and MLC audits), and industry vetting inspections such as OCIMF-SIRE, CDI inspections. 

Tom Adams

27 October 2020

Tom is a partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP, London. He is a shipping and energy specialist with expertise in dispute resolution and negotiating contracts relating to offshore construction, shipbuilding, and floating production. He advises offshore contractors, owners and charterers under their charters and services contracts for offshore oil & gas and wind projects. Tom has presented for IBC in relation to FPSO contracts covering design risk, variations, topside integration, and commissioning issues, and edited the leading textbook Offshore Construction: Law & Practice (Published by Informa law for Routledge). He has presented for BIMCO and Lloyds Maritime Academy on the SUPPLYTIME forms since 2012.

Christian Baekmark Schiolborg

19 August 2019

Christian Bækmark Schiolborg is Manager, Maritime Technology and Regulation at BIMCO. He is responsible for analysing regulatory developments, mainly on the issues of IMO 2020 sulphur cap, fuel safety and reduction of greenhouse gases from ships. Furthermore, he represents BIMCO at international organisations such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on aforementioned matters. Christian is educated as dual officer (deck officer and marine engineer) and has sailed on container ships and offshore vessels. Before joining BIMCO, he worked 6 years with the Danish Maritime Authority. Here he began as ship surveyor, became port state control officer and ended as special adviser in technical regulation in the department for maritime regulations and legal affairs, where he represented Denmark in IMO on different technical issues and was Head of the Danish delegation in the Sub-committee on Ship Systems and Equipment.