Florence Preux

Managing Associate London T +44 (0) 20 7481 0010

Department Maritime Qualified England, 2013 Education (University) LL.B Law, University of Essex, Master I Droit , Université Paris X , Nanterre, LL.M Law , University of Cambridge Languages French and English

Florence Preux

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Florence specialises in advising clients on disputes in the shipping sector, particularly dry shipping related matters. As a key member of the team handling the major Prestige oil spill, she has a strong interest in cases involving pollution. Florence is also a native French speaker, making her a natural point of reference for any matters involving French speaking countries.

Florence is mainly a dispute resolution lawyer, focusing on dry shipping, including charterparty disputes, bills of lading, cargo claims, shipbuilding disputes and pollution.

She advises and acts for parties in court, as well as arbitration proceedings, and regularly oversees and coordinates matters involving multiple jurisdictions. She has also filed complaints in the European Court of Human Rights and before the UN Human Rights Committee relating to criminal proceedings brought against a seafarer.

She acts for a broad range of international clients, including shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs and other insurers. Florence is a key member of the firm’s team instructed in relation to the major Prestige oil spill, including criminal and civil proceedings brought in Spain against the Master, shipowner and P&I insurer of the vessel, and has been actively involved in respect of arbitration and subsequent proceedings between the shipowner’s P&I Club, the Kingdom of Spain and the French State.

What you may not know about Florence

Florence is a keen sailor in her spare time with a particular interest for classic yachts. She enjoys the outdoors and hiking. She is also part of a community choir and recently started learning to play the piano.

My matter highlights

  • Acting for a shipowner and an International Group P&I Club with respect to direct actions brought by victims of accidental marine pollution with a total value of €4.3billion, involving proceedings in several jurisdictions.

  •  Advising an International Group P&I Club in relation to risk of exposure to direct actions by third party victims of marine incidents. 

  •  Acting for a leading commodities trader in relation to a US$700,000 claim for wet damage to a cargo of fertilizers shipped from China to India.

  • Acting for a Turkish shipyard in relation to unpaid instalments and counterclaims worth in excess of US$900,000 for alleged defects to 7 fast-crew boats delivered to a contractor in West Africa.

  •  Acting for a leading Norwegian shipowner and its insurers in relation to unpaid hire and cargo claims worth US$500,000.

  •  Advising a leading gas trader and its insurers in relation to a collision in Argentina and their potential liability as cargo interests, including in relation to salvage, General Average and potential unsafe port claims.

  •  Advising an international commodities trader in relation to the recovery of a US$5million debt for unpaid demurrage and other commercial invoices against a contractor based in Africa.

  •  Acting for a leading Korean shipping company in relation to a US$25,000 charterparty dispute relating to the deep sea towing of a vessel.

  •  Drafting Anti-Bribery And Corruption policies and procedures under the Bribery Act 2010 for the benefit of a leading shipowner.

  •  Advising a leading shipping company in relation to the wording of indemnity clauses in a charterparty.

My recent publications

News / Shipping E-Brief Winter 2015

29-01-2015 / Maritime

The Shipping E-brief is a quarterly publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areasnbspSign up here to receive the E-Brief by email each quarterOur Winter edition of the Shipping E-Brief is full of articles dealing with topical shipping issues Download the PDF versionYou can also subscribe to our podcasts with iTunes

Shipping E-Brief Winter 2015

News / Global anti-corruption update January 2015 - what's new?

28-01-2015 /

December 2014 has seen the first three convictions brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) under the Bribery Act 2010, in the Sustainable Growth Group case, involving the fraudulent selling and promotion of investment products based on green biofuel The three individuals were convicted, amongst other things, of bribing and receiving bribes and the sentences for the offences relating to bribery were significant, ranging from four to six years' imprisonment nbspAlso in December 2014, the UK Government announced that it intended to set up a specialist police unit to tackle bribery and corruption

Global anti-corruption update January 2015 - what's new?

News / Court of Appeal gives broad meaning to “charterers’ agents” in off-hire clause

22-07-2014 / Maritime

NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) N.V. v. Cargill International S.A. (Global Santosh) [2014] EWCA Civ 403 The Court of Appeal recently considered the meaning of “charterers’ agents” for the purposes of a proviso to an off-hire clause in a case involving the arrest of a vessel that was time chartered on the NYPE form.

Court of Appeal gives broad meaning to “charterers’ agents” in off-hire clause