25 July 2019
Geoffrey Conlin is a partner with Holman Fenwick Willan based in the Sao Paulo office. He acts mainly for international insurers, reinsurers and brokers based in London and overseas. Geoffrey specializes in resolving complex, cross border claims arising from energy (onshore and offshore), property, casualty and marine risks. He has extensive experience in Ports & Terminals insurance and reinsurance. Geoffrey has acted on cases in most jurisdictions in Latin America. He also has experience advising on policy wordings and coordinating the licensing of reinsurance companies in the Latin American region. Geoffrey is a member of the British Insurance Law Association and is recommended in the Chambers Latin America 2014 and 2015 directories, with clients highlighting his "very direct knowledge and understanding of the local markets besides all the insurance coverage issues" and "his good feel for what clients need during insurance and reinsurance disputes". He is also recommended in Who's Who Legal: Brazil 2014. Geoffrey is a regular contributor to market publications and has delivered presentations on insurance and reinsurance in Latin America and in the UK. Geoffrey is qualified in England and Wales.
19 April 2021
Mike specialises in shipping, contentious ship finance and ship and offshore vessel construction. Mike’s clients include shipowners, traders, insurers, banks, funds and shipyards. With over 20 years’ of practice in the marine and international trade sector, Mike has a wealth of knowledge and experience which he brings to bear to help clients resolve their most complex and difficult problems. Representing some of the largest and most well-known companies in the marine and international trade sector, Mike is known as both an exceptional lawyer and a clever strategist. Equally at home in London arbitration or multi-jurisdictional Court proceedings, Mike has a strong record of success for clients in a wide range of matters from shipping and cargo claims, groundings and vessel fires through to complex multi-vessel finance enforcement. On the construction side, Mike represents shipyards and buyers on a range of construction projects from super-yachts through to complex offshore vessels and rigs. Mike regularly delivers training to industry professionals, on a bespoke basis for clients, and through the leading industry association, BIMCO. The Legal 500 2019 has called Mike “outstanding” and Chambers 2019 says that he is “confident, practical and good at reading his opponents’ minds”. Mike was shortlisted as Legal 500 Transport Lawyer of the Year in 2019. He was recognised as one of the Top 10 Maritime Lawyers of 2017 in Lloyd’s List Top 100 most influential people in the Shipping Industry and won the UK Client Choice Awards for Shipping & Transport in 2015.
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.
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.
15 November 2019
Elinor is Partner at HFW and heads the global finance team.
She represents shipowners, operators, shipyards, designers and banks across the cruise, commercial shipping, yachts and business jets, LNG and offshore sectors.
Elinor advises on all types of commercial shipping contracts including second-hand sale and purchase, shipbuilding contracts, EPC and EPCI contracts, ship recycling, ship registration, charterparties, pooling agreements, management agreements, seismic-related contracts, shares sale and purchase and joint venture agreements as well as on ship and aviation finance, leasing, seller's credits and other forms of capital raising. She also advises on contracts for the design, construction, purchase and operation of yachts and business jets.
Elinor is part of the firm's LNG group, which has been responsible for drafting some of the first long-term LNG vessel charters and has, over the years, built up extensive experience of LNG time charters and related agreements, including joint venture arrangements, for some of the major LNG projects around the world. The group deals with all modern LNG time voyage and other specific charters, gas supply / offtake and LNG sale and purchase agreements, financing agreements, insurance issues, FLNG, FSRU projects and the construction and operation of LNG ports and terminals.
Elinor has particular experience in the drafting of LNG charters and the ShellLNGTime form.
Elinor has been advising on piracy related contracts since 2009, including contracts for the provision of private security services and, more recently, cyber security services and insurance. She sits on BIMCO's drafting sub-committees for GUARDCON and the new cyber security clauses.
Elinor lectures on commercial shipping matters, and in particular on shipbuilding and offshore construction topics, security in shipping and yachting, FPSO charters, LNG charters and FSRU contracts and related insurance issues.
Elinor is recommended by the Legal 500 UK and Chambers directories. She co-leads the firm's travel and leisure group. Elinor is a former chair of the International Bar Association's Maritime and Land Transport Law Committee, sits on the UK Chamber of Shipping's Taxation Committee and is a member of WISTA. She has been with HFW since 1994.
Elinor is qualified in England and Wales.
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.
03 April 2019
Nina Stuhrmann is Manager in the Contracts & Clauses Department at BIMCO. Her main role is to develop, revise and promote BIMCO’s wide range of standard contracts and clauses. She is a German qualified lawyer and holds a LL.M. in Shipping Law from the University of Cape Town. She worked with a P&I and FD&D insurer and as an inhouse counsel for a leading German ship owner. She is specialised in international and commercial dispute resolutions in the marine sector and has a broad experience in drafting, negotiating and advising on charter parties, contracts of affreightments, bills of lading, sale contracts, MOAs, shipbuilding contracts, bunker contracts and all kinds of corporate contracts. Nina has considerable experience in handling offshore projects with a special focus on anti-bribery legislation and sanctions compliance.
Nina is fluent in German, English and French.
29 October 2018
Ian Perrott began his shipping career in 1976 as a boarding clerk in Falmouth. Between 1979 and 1982 he served as an Officer in the Royal Navy. In 1982 he joined Stewart Offshore in Greenwich as an offshore broker before transferring to their Aberdeen office in 1983. In 1987 he joined Maersk Co. Ltd in Aberdeen as the Assistant Chartering Manager for their Platform Supply Vessels (PSV), Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels (AHTS) and a Diving Support Vessel (DSV). In 1990 he moved to Sealion Shipping Ltd to become the Chartering Manager for their fleet of various offshore and subsea vessels. In 2004 he was appointed to the Sealion main board as Commercial Director and in 2009 relocated to Hamburg after accepting an invitation to become the Managing Director for ER Offshore. In 2015 he returned to the UK where he is now an Independent Consultant to the Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) industry. Returning to the UK in 2015, he is now an Independent OSV Consultant working with a wide variety of companies and organisations involved in the Marine and Offshore support vessel industry.
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".
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.