Chris Farmer

Admiralty Manager & Solicitor London T +44 (0) 20 7481 0010

Department Maritime Qualified England & Wales, 2006

Chris Farmer

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Chris specialises in dispute resolution in the shipping sector. He is a Master Mariner and prior to qualifying as a lawyer in 2006, spent 17 years at sea on a variety of vessels, including LPG, product and crude oil carries, container ships and cross-channel ferries. He is a member of the firm's international emergency response team.

Chris acts for shipowners, P&I Clubs and hull underwriters, specialising in admiralty matters, including casualty investigation, collisions, groundings and salvage. He also advises on general dry shipping disputes, such as cargo claims and charterparty disputes.

Chris advises on cases in the English Courts and London arbitrations, as well as international litigation. He has particular expertise in India and jurisdictional issues that arise out of shipping disputes.

My matter highlights

  • Kuwait Qatar Insurance Company v Gulf Rocks Co., a collision and salvage case in Mumbai involving the vessel Khalijia 3. 

  • Alnic MC c/w USS John McCain – a collision involving major damage and loss of life off Singapore between a tanker and a US warship.

  • Emerald Star – sinking of cargo vessel and loss of life off the Philippine Coast.

  • Vitaspirit – allision between a vessel and a historical mansion in the Bosporous.

  • SSL Kolkata – explosion on container vessel off the approaches to Kolkata.

  • Nordlake c/w INS Vindhyagiri – a major collision in Mumbai between container vessel and Indian warship leading to the capsize of the warship.

  • Global Purity c/w ICGS Vivek – an allision between a cargo vessel and Indian Coastguard vessel in Mumbai leading to the capsize of the Indian Coastguard vessel.

  • Asian Forest – sinking of vessel off West Coast of India.

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.

'Collisions: why are they still happening?' webinar series