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Christian Dwyer

Global Head of Admiralty London T +44 (0) 20 7481 0010
christiandwyer@incegd.com

Department Energy & infrastructure, Maritime Education (University) Edinburgh University

Christian Dwyer

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Christian is the Global Head of the firm’s Admiralty & Casualty Response team.  His practice covers shipping, energy & offshore and international trade.

Shipping

Christian is a shipping and offshore specialist and acts for a number of the world’s largest shipowners/operators, offshore contractors and hull, P&I, FD&D and energy insurers. He has extensive experience of  both ‘wet’  and ‘dry’ shipping. His practice covers the full range of admiralty work, including collisions, salvage, total losses, general average, wreck removal, pollution, liabilities, groundings and shipboard fires, as well as with complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.  His ‘dry’ practice encompasses the full scope of shipping related matters from Charterparty, bills of lading and cargo disputes to pool agreements, shipbuilding and ship conversions. In addition to working within the UK market, Christian is particularly active in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and India. 

Energy

Christian acts for a number of offshore energy contractors and operators. He advises on the construction and operation of state-of-the-art drill ships, offshore drilling units and production platforms. He has successfully dealt with a number of large-scale offshore construction disputes relating to issues involving design changes, cost overruns and warranty claims.

Christian regularly assists clients with the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts for offshore drilling projects and he has also drafted bespoke turnkey supply and drilling contracts.

International Trade

Christian acts for commodity trading companies focusing on soft commodities.

He advises on all aspects of the sale and transportation of soft commodities and has dealt with numerous trade disputes ranging from contamination, shortage and late delivery claims to hedging issues. His expertise extends to trade arbitrations, including GAFTA and FOSFA.

In addition, Christian has drafted different types of sale, off-take, storage and joint venture agreements and has advised trader clients on their corporate structures.

Professional Associations and Memberships

Admiralty Solicitor Group

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

News / Court construes International Group’s standard LOI wording in context of charterparty chain

10-06-2020 / Maritime

Trafigura v. Clearlake and Clearlake v. Petrobras (Miracle Hope) [2020] EWHC 995 (Comm)

Court construes International Group’s standard LOI wording in context of charterparty chain

News / Ince partners with Sailors’ Society to champion seafarers as “key workers of the sea” supporting global supply chain

27-05-2020 / Maritime

27 May 2020, London: Ince, the international legal and professional services firm, has partnered with global maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society, one of the largest seafarers’ support charities in the world, to raise awareness for the plight of seafarers. Dubbed the “key workers of the sea”, seafarers are particularly exposed to the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Ince partners with Sailors’ Society to champion seafarers as “key workers of the sea” supporting global supply chain

News / Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over hull underwriters’ claims against mortgagee bank in vessel scuttling case

03-04-2020 / Maritime

Aspen Underwriting Ltd and others (Appellants) v. Credit Europe Bank NV (Atlantik Confidence) [2020] UKSC 11 In a decision that will be significant for marine and other insurers, the Supreme Court has found that the English courts did not have jurisdiction over claims brought by the hull underwriters of the vessel, Atlantik Confidence, as against the Dutch bank that was the mortgagee of the vessel and also the assignee of the insurance policy and the loss payee. The Supreme Court held that the bank was not bound by the exclusive English jurisdiction clauses in the policy or the settlement agreement with the vessel owners and managers. Nor could the underwriters rely on the special insurance provisions in the recast Brussels Regulation to establish English Court jurisdiction over their claims. The underwriters are now faced with the prospect of pursuing their claims against the bank in the Netherlands.

Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over hull underwriters’ claims against mortgagee bank in vessel scuttling case

News / A question of timing: errors, navigational or otherwise, made before or at beginning of voyage capable of rendering vessel unseaworthy

05-03-2020 / Maritime

Alize 1954 and CMA CGM SA v. Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG & Others (CMA CGM Libra) [2020] EWCA Civ 293 In a unanimous judgment, a Court of Appeal panel of experienced shipping Lords Justice has upheld the decision of the Admiralty Judge, Teare J, in the CMA CGM Libra that a defective passage plan rendered the vessel unseaworthy and that the Owners’ claim for contribution in general average failed.

A question of timing: errors, navigational or otherwise, made before or at beginning of voyage capable of rendering vessel unseaworthy

News / General Average guarantee wording did not preclude actionable fault defence

12-11-2019 / Maritime

Navalmar UK Limited v. (1) Ergo Versicherung AG & (2) Chubb European SE (BSLE Sunrise) [2019] EWHC 2860 (Comm) The Court has rejected shipowners’ arguments that the wording of a standard form General Average (GA) guarantee, customarily issued by cargo insurers to secure the release of cargo in a GA situation, precluded the cargo insurers from pleading actionable fault as a defence to a GA contribution claim.

General Average guarantee wording did not preclude actionable fault defence