Department Maritime, Commercial Disputes, Commodities & trade, Yachts and superyachts Education (University) University of Law – Legal Practice Certificate (Stage 1, Stage 2 SRA exemption), University of Law – Gradate Diploma in Law (GDL) in English and Welsh Law, Glasgow Gradute School of Law – Scottish Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Strathclyde – LLB Languages English, Conversational Greek
Paul specialises in dry and wet shipping dispute resolution. He represents shipowners, operators, managers, charterers and P&I Clubs in relation to all types of disputes arising out of commercial contracts, often in London Arbitration and before the English Courts in dry shipping disputes. A former seafarer, Paul has considerable experience of all aspects of admiralty law. He is a member of the firm’s International Emergency Response Team and Casualty Investigator for the firm’s yacht clients. Furthermore, he regularly advises shipowners and P&I Clubs on non-contentious sanction issues.
Prior to becoming a shipping lawyer, Paul worked in his family business. He therefore understands commerce and trade, and what businesses want from their legal adviser.
He is a problem solver who regularly acts in London Arbitration, with experience before the English Courts. He represents clients in all types of disputes arising from commercial transactions and contracts, particularly charterparties bills of lading.
In the area of admiralty law, Paul assists clients with unsafe port claims, total losses, pollution incidents, cargo damage, salvage and salvage indemnity, and General Average.
His experience extends to superyacht casualties and assisting owners with class and salvage related issues. He has a hands-on approach at all times and has also assisted private yacht owners in claims against their insurers.
Paul also advises on non-contentious sanctions for owners’ due diligence purposes.
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Member of the SRA and Piraeus Bar Association
My matter highlights
- Advising a large international ship management company in relation to Venezuelan Sanctions relating to PdVSA.
- Acting for a ship owner and their H&M and P&I insurers in relation to a multi-ship collision in Suez, and the resulting aftermath.
- Acting for owners against subrogated cargo underwriters, defending a large cargo claim following discharge of urea in Ecuador, settling on a “drop hands” basis.
- Acting for owners claiming withheld demurrage, and defending a counterclaim for damages following a main engine breakdown during the voyage and subsequent delays at the disport, with Charterers alleging unseaworthiness.
- Advising a ship owner and their P&I insurers on an unsafe port claim following a collision at Alexandria.
- Interviewing the crew of a VLCC tanker in Kalamata following a grounding in Suez.
My recent publications
Podcasts / 'Collisions: why are they still happening?' webinar series
01-07-2020 / Maritime
Webinar series, 'Collisions: why are they still happening?', hosted by the Ince Admiralty team. The series of four webinars explore the COLREGS and why collisions are still happening, and considers calls for changes to the COLREGS to accommodate autonomous ships. These webinars use a combination of case studies, Q&A and technical insight.