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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.

Simon Tatham

12 November 2020

Simon is senior partner of Tatham & Co, a specialist shipping law firm based in the City of London. A particular focus of the practice relates to casualty work, otherwise known as Admiralty or “wet” law, typically handling incidents arising from salvage, collision, strandings, engine breakdowns and fires along with the related insurance and contractual issues that arise. He advises towage, salvage, wreck removal, heavy lift, barge and OSV operators, as well as their insurers and hirers, on contract selection, negotiation, and disputes. The firm also provides an in house – out house dedicated legal service for tug & towage, barge and OSV contractors worldwide: TugAdvise.com. Simon speaks at many industry events and has been a frequent commentor on the practical side of legal developments in trade periodicals including International Tug&OSV. Simon and his team of specialists, including a former Lloyd’s Arbitrator QC, Master Mariner and former in-house counsel of a leading international tug and salvage company have recently advised on the salvage of a vessel with a value of $1billion and concluded High Court litigation concerning the capsize of a tug with all hands lost off Africa.

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".