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  • Amanda Urwin

    Amanda Urwin
    Managing Associate, London

    Insurance, Maritime

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010
    D. + 44 20 7551 8395

Litigation lawyer specialising in wet and dry shipping including maritime casualties.

Amanda advises clients on matters in the English Courts and London arbitrations as well as litigation internationally. She regularly deals with the inevitable multijurisdictional elements that arise in an international practice.

Acting for shipowners, charterers, operators, traders and their respective insurers, her practice has a particular emphasis on shipping and marine insurance.       

Although predominantly a litigator, Amanda also advises clients as to non-contentious drafting issues and review of contracts, charterparties and bill of lading terms.


Amanda's expertise encompasses all aspects of shipping including charterparties, bills of lading, supply and carriage of goods by sea and cargo claims.

Her practice also includes admiralty advising on salvage, casualty investigation, general average issues and multi jurisdictional limitation claims. She draws on her practical experience of the industry, gained during her secondment to Ince's Piraeus office.


Amanda also advises on marine insurance and draws upon her experience of the London market gained from her secondment to the marine and energy division of a leading Lloyd's underwriter.


Shipowners, charterers, operators, P&I Clubs, Underwriters.

Highlight Matters

  • Gard Marine & Energy Limited v. China National Chartering Co Limited (Ocean Victory) [2013] EWHC 2199 (Com). Successfully acting on behalf of Claimant Owners in one of the largest unsafe port claims of recent years arising from the loss of a Capesize bulk carrier at Kashima, Japan in 2006. The issues which arose involved experts on meteorology, waves, moorings, ISM, ship valuation, salvage, naval architecture and navigation.  Charterers’ attempt to dilute the test of safety to one of reasonableness was resisted by the Court who reconfirmed the long established principles in relation to safe port warranties. The Charterers’ warranty is one of safety, not of reasonable safety.
  • Acting for owners in a London salvage arbitration involving a very substantial SCOPIC claim, in which the counterclaim was for loss of a nearly-new bulk carrier.
  • Whitesea Shipping and Trading Corporation & Anr v El Paso Rio Clara LTDA & Ors (The Marielle Bolten) [2009] EWHC 2552 (Comm). Successfully obtaining an interim anti-suit injunction on behalf of Claimant Owners, restraining cargo interests and their insurers from suing third parties to the bills of lading outside of the English courts, in breach of the covenant not to sue third parties and the exclusive English law and jurisdiction clause in the bills. 
  • Kastor Navigation Co Ltd & Another v. Axa Global Risks (UK) Ltd & Others. Acting for Owners of a vessel that caught fire and then sank. The case examined the relationship between a CTL and an ATL and the issue of the notice of abandonment. 

Insurance, Maritime


Education (University):
Nottingham Trent University