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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.

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.

Mark Lakin

05 November 2019

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 in order 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 cornucopia of clients, ranging from oil majors, state-owned oil companies, trading houses, smaller independent commodities traders, shipowners, hedge-funds and banks. The majority of those matters have been arbitrations in the major shipping and commodities forums, including the LMAA, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC GAFTA, FOSFA, ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC and the first case before the newly formed Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC). The disputes have ranged from modest demurrage disputes to oil and gas disputes worth hundreds of millions of dollars. His reported Court cases in England include H&CS v RBRG Trading, Petrosaudi Oil Services v Novo Banco & Ors and Integral Petroleum SA v Perogat FZE & Ors. In Dubai he has recently acted in one of the leading cases on the enforcement of foreign judgments in the DIFC - Essar Global Fund Limited v Barclays Bank PLC & Ors.  Mark has also undertaken a number of secondments with both trading houses and trade finance banks, which has led to him being involved in non-contentious work such as advising on the structuring of trade finance facilities and “repo” sale contracts. 

Elinor Dautlich

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.

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.

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.

Nina Stuhrmann

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.

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.

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”.

Jon Elvey

02 June 2020

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 mediation 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.