Meet the trainers

Andrew Rigden-Green

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 ... Read more

Anna Wollin

Anna Wollin, Manager, Contracts and Clauses at BIMCO, is involved in the development of BIMCO’s wide range of standard contracts and clauses. She is a lawyer by training and holds a Master of Commercial Laws from University of Lund, Sweden and a Master of Maritime Laws from Southampton University, England. Anna joined BIMCO in 2007. Her previous employment includes working as a junior judge at a district court in Sweden and as an associate lawyer at a Swedish law firm.

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Aron Soerensen

Aron Soerensen is Head of Maritime Technology & Regulation at BIMCO. He represents BIMCO on marine, operational and related matters at international organisations such as International Maritime Organization, ISO, International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). His tasks include negotiating, monitoring and disseminating relevant conventions and developing international standards, regional/national requirements, and assessing their impact on BIMCO members. He was BIMCO’s project leader on the 2015 BIMCO/ICS Manpower Study, and has worked on cyber security development a... Read more

Baris Soyer

Professor Soyer is the Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea University. He is a member of the British Maritime Law Association and British Insurance Law Association. He is the author of Warranties in Marine Insurance published by Cavendish Publishing (2001), and of an extensive list of journal articles published in elite journals such as Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Journal of Business Law, Torts Law Journal and Journal of Contract Law. He currently teaches Admiralty Law, Charter parties and Carriage of Goods by Sea and Marine Insurance on the LLM Programme, and is the Head of Po... Read more

Chris Kidd

Chris is Head of Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction, Partner, London Ince & Co. Chris is dual-qualified as a solicitor in England and Hong Kong. Between 1995 and 2001 he practised in Ince & Co’s Hong Kong office, during which time he was the Secretary of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association. Chris has strong industry links in Hong Kong, China, and Korea. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the LMAA Supporting Members Liaison Committee. Read more

Christian Hoppe

Christian is General Counsel at BIMCO. He is a lawyer and graduated from University of Copenhagen with a Master’s degree in 2001 and an LL.M. with Distinction from the University of Southampton in 2004. He worked in the Secretariat for maritime policy at the Danish Maritime Authority from 2001, until joining the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Transport and Energy in 2005, dealing with external relations in maritime transport as a seconded national expert. Christian joined BIMCO in 2009 and represents the association at a number of international meetings, including the International Maritime Organization&rsq... Read more

Emilie Bokor Ingram

Emilie is a Senior Associate in Holman Fenwick Willan’s London office and specialises in marine and offshore. She has experience of drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts for the shipping and offshore sectors, including BIMCO Supplytime, Towcon and Bargehire and other standard contracts, as well as bespoke OSV and wind farm vessel charter parties. She also has broad experience of resolving disputes arising out of charter parties, contracts of carriage, marine insurance and shipbuilding contracts, and dealing with the legal and practical issues arising out of maritime casualties. Emilie has spent time on secondment at two Int... Read more

Emmet Coldrick

Emmet Coldrick is an experienced junior barrister at Quadrant. He advises and represents businesses in relation to English law matters, especially disputes arising from commercial contracts. He has particular expertise in the shipping, international trade and energy sectors, including in relation to finance, construction, sale and charter/hire contracts. Since joining Quadrant in 2005, Emmet has represented clients in the Commercial Court, the Queen’s Bench and Chancery divisions of the High Court, the Admiralty Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords, as well as in arbitrations under a variety of institutional rules, includ... Read more

Fabien Lerede

Fabien Lerede is Offshore Syndicate Claims Director at The Standard Club, responsible for handling offshore members’ P&I claims and reviewing their contracts. He is currently participating to the drafting of a new offshore contract for the windfarm industry WINDTIME with BIMCO. Fabien started his career as an Avocat at the Paris Bar (1998) before joining Charles Taylor, the Managers of the Standard Club. He has a masters degree in Maritime law from the University College London and is also qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales. Read more

Grant Hunter

Grant Hunter is Head of Contracts & Clauses at BIMCO, responsible for the development, revision and promotion of BIMCO’s wide range of standard contracts and clauses. He has worked for BIMCO since 1997. Previous careers include five years at sea with the Ben Line and eight years working ashore in the commercial and operations department of P&O Bulk Shipping in London. Grant has a Master’s in Maritime Policy and Law from the London School of Economics Read more

Haris Zografakis

Haris Zografakis is a partner at Stephenson Harwood LLC, London, dealing with all aspects of shipping and international trade law, acting both for traders and shipowners, as well as their respective insurers. He has lectured in four continents, including events organised by BIMCO, universities, as well as the International Maritime Organization and others, and has also been on the editorial board of the Shipping and Transport Law Journal. He is singled out by both main legal directories, Chambers and Legal 500, as a leading individual in his areas of expertise. Read more

Henning Nielsen

Henning Nielsen is Senior Manager, Support & Advice at BIMCO, is responsible for advising and guiding members on contractual issues, such as handling laytime disputes, recommendations on charter party forms and clauses, commenting on terms and clauses offered to members, handling disputes on interpretation and construction of charter parties and clauses. Henning has been with BIMCO since 1984. His 40 plus years of experience has built up his expertise in laytime and demurrage issues, which is widely recognised by BIMCO members. Read more

Ian Perrott

Ian Perrott began his shipping career in 1976 as a boarding clerk in Falmouth. In 1982 he joined Stewart Offshore in Greenwich as an offshore broker. In 1987 he joined Maersk Co. Ltd in Aberdeen as the Assistant Chartering Manager for their PSV’s, AHTS vessels and a 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. Read more

James Hickland

James Hickland is a partner with Ince & Co London. He advises clients and resolves disputes in the shipping, energy and aviation sectors. His shipping practice focuses on contractual matters arising from bills of lading, charter parties, contracts of affreightment, sale and purchase contracts, shipbuilding and repair contracts, as well as claims in tort originating from operation of ships. He has built a reputation for user friendly and cost effective commercial advice on drafting and the negotiation of contracts, and for thoughtful management of disputes, whether large or small in value. Read more

Jeppe Skovbakke Juhl

Jeppe Skovbakke Juhl is educated as a naval architect and is Manager, Maritime Technology & Regulation at BIMCO with responsibility for co-ordinating BIMCO’s initiative on a large variety of technical related matters. His core competencies cover maritime flag state administration (flag state implementation, goal- and functional-based regulation, risk-based approval process), risk assessment (formal safety assessment methodology), Ship stability (intact and damage) as well as in-depth technical knowledge on greenhouse gases and air emissions. Jeppe previously worked for FORCE Technology (Danish Maritime Institute) for eight years and... Read more

Jessica Maitra

Jessica Maitra is a lawyer and partner at international law firm Eversheds LLP. She deals with both contentious and non-contentious shipping work and acts for owners and charterers, ship managers, ship financiers and marine insurers. Jessica regularly advises owners and charterers on carriage of goods by sea and charter party claims. She deals with all types of ships and cargoes, but has particular experience of tanker and liquid cargo claims. Her contentious practice areas include carriage of goods by sea, bills of lading, charter parties, conflicts of laws, jurisdiction, enforcement, international contracts and sale of goods. Her non-conten... Read more

Jonathan Elvey

Jon has been with Ince & Co since he joined as a trainee in 1981. He qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and became a partner in 1989. His main focus is on shipping disputes under charter parties, shipbuilding contracts, sale and purchase agreements, bills of lading and cargo claims. He also handles maritime casualties and is a member of the international emergency response team at Ince & Co where he managed their Piraeus office for 17 years before returning to London. Jon has acted as advocate in arbitration and mediation in London and internationally. He is an accredited CEDR mediator, and co-founder of European Mediterranean Mediatio... Read more

Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young has 40 years of experience in the commodity trading and shipping sector. He joined Cargill Ocean Transportation, one of the largest dry bulk charterers and operators in the world in 2001. He was manager of the company’s claims department from 2007, handling global charter party disputes and their resolution. Jonathan has served BIMCO’s contracts and clauses work on various subjects since 2008 and has been member of the subcommittee of NYPE 2015. He has been involved in GAFTA and LMAA arbitrations for many years. He has a broad and detailed knowledge of both time and voyage charter parties, bills of lading and their ... Read more

Lindsay East

Lindsay East has been involved in the practice of maritime law in London for over 40 years. He served as head of Reed Smith’s Shipping Group for six years before he became a consultant to the firm. Lindsay has dealt with all kinds of dry cargo shipping law during the course of his career, ranging from charter party, bill of lading to sale and purchase disputes to shipbuilding contracts. He has also specialised in the drafting and interpretation of Club Rules. Lindsay has been nominated as “one of the UK’s top 20 shipping lawyers” by Legal 500 in 2009 and cited as an “outstanding shipping lawyer” by Legal 50... Read more

Marco Crusafio

Marco is predominantly a litigator at Ince & Co with a focus on shipping and international trade and commodities disputes. Marco acts for a wide variety of clients on a full range of disputes including the sale and purchase of ships, the carriage of goods by sea, charterparties and bills of lading, ship management, trade of petroleum products and related transactions, piracy and collisions. Marco practices in both the English national courts and in international arbitral proceedings. Three of Marco's recent successes in the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal are of significance in the international trade and shipping arena. Marco... Read more

Merete Lund Greisen

Merete Lund Greisen is Head of Support & Advice and has been with BIMCO since April 2013 and is responsible for advising and guiding BIMCO members on contractual issues and disputes. This involves recommending the right charter party forms, commenting on terms and clauses agreed (and to be agreed), interpretation and construction of charter parties and clauses. In addition to many years of relevant experience from the chartering departments of ship owners/operators, her background also gives her a cargo owner’s point of view in all chartering aspects. Read more

Nicholas Kazaz

Nicholas is Associate at Holman Fenwick Willan, and specialises in marine and offshore, focusing on international commercial dispute resolution arising from 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, 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... Read more

Nicholas Mahony

Capt Nick Mahony is Head of Membership and has been with BIMCO since 2008. He started his seagoing career in 1971 with Texaco Overseas Tankships Ltd (London) before moving on in 1979 to A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S (Copenhagen). Starting in the Tanker Fleet, he transferred after two years to Gas carriers where he subsequently worked his way up to master and remained until going ashore. In 1996 he was seconded to the Maersk Tankers LNG Project Team, leading on to a position in 1999 as Senior Marine Superintendent in A.P. Møller’s Technical Organisation responsible for gas, tank, bulk and car carriers. After functioning for 3 years as t... Read more

Nigel Cooper QC

Nigel Cooper QC has been a barrister since 1987 and appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2010. He has an established commercial practice predominantly in the fields of shipping, international trade, energy, insurance and international arbitration. Nigel’s practice in the fields of shipping and international trade includes all aspects of the sale and carriage of goods and other commodities; financing, fraud, charter party disputes, brokerage, ship management, shipbuilding, superyachts and off-shore construction, sale and purchase, safe ports, limitation and collision actions. His energy sector work covers both upstream and downstream as... Read more

Norman Lopez

Captain Norman Lopez is closely involved with the maritime industry and has been for almost 50 years: as a sea-going officer including master, maritime academic, author, maritime arbitrator, P&I correspondent and solicitor. He presently practises as a ship and cargo surveyor, nautical consultant, FOSFA superintendent and maritime trainer. Read more

Paul Dean

Paul Dean is a partner with Holman Fenwick Willan, specialises in shipping, focusing mainly on dispute resolution arising from charter parties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, collisions, fire and explosion, salvage, general average, groundings, total loss, towage, offshore and limitation. Paul is also head of the personal injury practice. Experience gained working for an International Group P&I club enables Paul to combine practical understanding with a legal role. Read more

Paul Herring

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... Read more

Pernille Kaervad Jacobsen

Pernille Kærvad Jacobsen, Manager, Contracts & Clauses at BIMCO, has been involved in the development, revision and promotion of BIMCO’s standard contracts and clauses since 2010. She holds a Master’s degree in International Commercial Law and Legal Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Master’s degree in Maritime and Aviation Law from the University of Southampton, where she was the first law student to be awarded the Beaumont & Son Prize. Previous jobs have included the Danish Employment Appeals Tribunal, Danish Maritime Authority and Maersk Line/Maersk Global Service Centre in Manila, ... Read more

Peter Grube

Peter Grube is Head of Training: Courses and joined BIMCO in 1990. His first position was in the Support & Advice team, where he assisted BIMCO members with a wide range of commercial issues. In 2000 he was appointed Marketing & Sales Director of BIMCO, responsible for promoting and driving forward BIMCO’s global position as a leading maritime organisation. In 2005 he transferred to BIMCO Training, developing, coordinating and delivering BIMCO courses and seminars world-wide. Prior to joining BIMCO he worked in ship ownership in Copenhagen as well as sale & purchase in Greece. He is a graduate from the Danish School for Inte... Read more

Peter Pamel

Peter Pamel is a partner in Borden Ladner Gervais Montréal and practises exclusively in the area of maritime law. He is regularly appointed by P&I and FD&D Clubs, as well as H&M underwriters. He acts as counsel to shipowners, operators, charterers and shipping lines around the world. He regularly advises in casualty investigations, charter party disputes, defence claims, arrest of vessels, regulatory and environmental compliance, vessel sale and finance, and general commercial activity involving marine property. He is a leader in Arctic shipping, and is Marine Transportation Segment Leader for BLG’s Team North® as... Read more

Peter Sand

Peter Sand is Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO. He has worked for Statistics Denmark, compiling public accounts and doing international statistical work in relation to the European Union and United Nations. He then joined D/S NORDEN and during the rise and fall of the dry bulk markets, Peter gained experience in the fields of executive assistance, caretaking of investors and the art of transforming financial data and shipping statistics into analyses, presentations and reports. Later on he worked with CSR with a focus on sustainable shipping. Peter left D/S NORDEN as Senior Analyst and member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Board and jo... Read more

Peter Storm

Peter Storm, Manager, Support and Advice at BIMCO, is responsible for advising and guiding BIMCO members on contractual issues and disputes. This includes recommendation of relevant charter party forms, advice on terms and clauses, as well as guidance regarding interpretation and construction of charter parties. 


Peter’s shipping career began as a trainee in 1994 with a Danish shipowner where he gained experience in both operational and commercial roles. He worked for many years with a major brokering firm holding a v... Read more

Phil Tinsley

Phil Tinsley joined BIMCO in 2015 and holds the position of Manager, Maritime Security. His primary role is to assist members with all aspects of maritime security; including piracy, drug smuggling, stowaways, mixed mass migration and cyber security.

Prior to a career in maritime security, Phil was an officer in the Royal Marine Commandos, attaining the rank of Major after 31 years military service. His military career included littoral operations on a global scale, warfighting and specialisation in cold weather warfare. Since leaving in 2010, Phil has managed offshore security in the Indian Ocean high risk area in support of seism... Read more

Philip Yang

Philip Yang has been a full time arbitrator for well over 20 years, mainly in international trade, shipping and commercial disputes. He has published/issued over 500 arbitration awards as a sole or co-arbitrator. Philip is Deputy Chairperson of the Documentary Committee BIMCO, Honorary Chairman and Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and the Past President of the Asia-Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG). He has published many books and a lot of articles on international trade, shipping and arbitration related topics/matters.

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Richard Strub

Richard is a Partner in the shipping department of Holman Fenwick Willan’s Dubai office. He trained at HFW and qualified as an Associate in 2004. He was elected to the partnership in 2015. In 2016 Richard relocated to HFW's Dubai office. Described as "likeable and easy to deal with" (Legal 500, 2015), Richard specialises in all areas of commercial, shipping and commodities litigation, with particular emphasis on charter party, bill of lading and sale and purchase disputes. Richard regularly represents shipowners and operators, charterers, P&I clubs and underwriters as well as cargo owners and traders in both court and arbitration pr... Read more

Richard Williams

Richard Williams was a partner with Ince & Co for 25 years and was chairman of the firm’s dry shipping business group specialising in carriage of goods, charter parties and P&I issues. He was regularly consulted both by private clients and also by United Nations agencies and other international bodies in relation to industry-wide issues. He is the author of numerous articles on shipping law and is co–author of the standard textbook “Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims” published by Lloyds of London Press (4th edition 2005). He is now a consultant to Ince & Co and a visiting professor, teaching ma... Read more

Robert Gay

Robert Gay joined Hill Dickinson (then Hill Taylor Dickinson) in 1994, and became a solicitor in 1996. His work is mostly dry shipping and marine insurance. He has considerable experience of charter party disputes and cases involving proceedings in foreign jurisdictions. He has also been involved with disputed claims for general average contributions, charter parties for offshore vessels under SUPPLYTIME, contracts for carriage by heavy lift vessels, and questions over coverage arising in relation to insurance wordings in the energy market.

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Ruth Monahan

Ruth is a solicitor at Ince & Co specialising in commercial dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution with a focus on shipping and international trade and commodities. Ruth works for shipowners, charterers, operators, traders and their respective insurers and her experience encompasses all aspects of shipping including charterparties, bills of lading, supply and carriage of goods by sea and cargo claims. She handles High Court litigation and appeals, London arbitrations and mediations on both shipping and trade matters and has particular experience in dealing with day-to-day issues tha... Read more

Simon Kverndal QC

Simon Kverndal QC is a leading maritime barrister and a member of Quadrant Chambers in London, specialising in charter party, collision, salvage and shipbuilding/ship sale disputes. As well as his principal practice as an advocate, he is frequently appointed as arbitrator (including Lloyds Open Form salvage, where he is one of the three panel arbitrators, and LMAA) and is a popular choice as mediator. He is involved with the London Shipping Law Centre and the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. Read more

Steven Mackin

Stephen Mackin is a partner at the international law firm Eversheds LLP and head of the firm’s shipping group. He specialises in shipping and energy related issues particularly those arising from the carriage of oil and gas by sea. Steven qualified in 1994 and has been with Eversheds for 20 years, speaking regularly at conferences worldwide. He has spent five years with Shell Tankers (UK) Limited and has practical experience of the operation of VLCC’s, product tankers, LNG tankers and bulk carriers. He was Shell’s “cadet of the year”, a watch-keeping officer with Operation Raleigh and has sailed the Atlantic on a... Read more

Tom Adams

Tom is Senior Associate at Stephenson Harwood, and is a shipping and energy specialist with particular expertise in dispute resolution and negotiating contracts relating to offshore construction, shipbuilding, drilling and floating production. He litigates disputes for offshore contractors, drilling contractors, and shipyards and negotiates shipbuilding contracts, offshore drilling contracts and long term charter contracts of specialist ships and FPSOs. Tom has particular expertise in advising contractors in relation to payment security mechanisms during operations in difficult jurisdictions and disputes with subcontractors and supplier... Read more

Tony Concagh

Tony Concagh is a partner at Stephenson Harwood in London and a member of its energy team. He acts for a number of oil and gas industry contractors in business areas such as drilling and exploration; offshore supply; heavylift, transportation and installation; subsea pipe and cable laying; engineering, project management and major (EPIC) construction projects. He advises on issues such as downtime provisions, bridging agreements; design and procurement, contractual risk analysis, delay and disruption claims and contractual disputes generally. He also has specialist knowledge of insurance and risk transfer within the industry. Read more

Wei Zhuang

Wei Zhuang is the China Liaison Officer at BIMCO as well as the General Manager of BIMCO, Shanghai office. Wei started his BIMCO career with the legal & contractual affairs department where he worked on a wide range of BIMCO’s standard contracts and clauses projects, including project development, revision and promotion. His current role is focusing on BIMCO, based in the Shanghai Centre, where he is committed to keeping a constructive relationship with regional regulators and industry stakeholders and, most importantly, to provide BIMCO services to BIMCO members and potential members in the g... Read more

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My aim was to get up to scratch on bills of lading and the course definitely achieved that. The webinars were instrumental. The course material was a constant, useful point of reference. I could apply what I’d learnt to my job immediately.
The information about the course is full and clear. Course is well structured and reasonably scheduled. The communication with tutors was effective and helpful.
Essentially, I liked everything about the course: the ability to set my own learning schedule, to watch the missed webinars, the case studies, the digital book, and to take the exam in my own time.

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