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  • Chris Kidd

    Chris Kidd
    Head of Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction, Partner, London

    Maritime, Energy & infrastructure, Yachts and superyachts

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010
    chriskidd@incegd.com

Chris is dual-qualified in England and Hong Kong and leads the firm’s shipbuilding and offshore construction team. He specialises in advising shipyards, buyers, owners, offshore wind farm contractors and developers on shipping and other offshore matters. Between 1995 and 2001 he practised in the firm's Hong Kong office, during which time he was the Secretary of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association. Chris has strong industry links in Hong Kong, China, and Korea. He is a Member of the Council of the LSLC.

Chris frequently advises buyers and shipyards in relation to building, conversion and repair contracts, as well as dispute resolution, for conventional and specialist offshore vessels, and floating platforms. He assisted BIMCO to develop NEWBUILDCON, a standard form newbuilding contract.

He also advises on yacht and superyacht construction contracts, including contract drafting and negotiation, as well as dispute resolution.

Chris has specialist experience in jurisdictional issues, mediation and major London arbitrations and litigation, particularly for claims arising from shipbuilding, conversion and repair contracts. His experience includes LMAA, ICC and LCIA arbitrations, as well as cases in the Commercial Court, Hong Kong Courts and liaising with lawyers conducting litigation in other jurisdictions.

He also advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, as well as dispute resolution, in the renewables sector, including offshore wind farm installation contracts, charterparties and contracts for the construction of wind farm installation vessels. Chris assisted BIMCO to develop WINDTIME and SUPPYTIME 2017.

Highlight Matters

  • Acting for a New York Stock Exchange-listed company focused on deepwater oil drilling, in a highly contentious case concerning the construction of a drilling unit designed to drill for oil in deep water. Our client rescinded the construction contract due to the failure of the shipyard delivering the vessel on time.  Following substantial delays, we brought a claim for a US$200 million refund, which, together with other claims for damages, make an overall total claim in excess of US$350 million.
  • Acting on behalf of our client, a construction and fabrication group for the oil and gas industry in a major construction dispute relating to topside modules for the Cygnus gas field for the amount of GBP 26million.
  • A provider of oilfield services, retained our energy team in relation to the termination of a contract with a company that was constructing a deepwater multi-purpose offshore energy unit over performance issues in respect of the construction of an offshore energy vessel. The matter attracted a lot of press coverage, as the development is worth almost US$1 billion.
  • Acting for contractors in over half of UK’s offshore windfarm projects involving contracts based on FIDIC forms.
  • Acting for major Korean shipyard in connection with the London arbitration arising out of a large offshore deepwater oil fields claims for construction defects and the near total loss of the world’s largest production and drilling quarters.
  • Acting for a major Korean shipyard in connection with the London arbitration arising out of a  deepwater drilling contractors claims for liquidated damages following the delays in delivery of two semi-submersible drilling rigs.
  • Providing advice to a ship service company in relation to two new build contracts with one of the world's largest shipyards  for the construction of two LNG carriers, each with a value of US$187million. We advised our client on the drafting, negotiation and completion of the contracts.

Legal Directory Quotes

Chris Kidd "has vast experience in shipbuilding matters"  Legal 500 
"A REAL ASSET” 
Legal 500 
"understands client needs and always gives first-class advice." Legal 500

Expertise:
Maritime, Energy & infrastructure, Yachts and superyachts

Qualified:
England & Wales 1986, Hong Kong 1995

Education (University):
Cambridge University