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  • Ester Toumpouris

    Ester Toumpouris
    Managing Associate, London

    Commercial Disputes, Maritime, Commodities & trade

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010
    D. +44 (0) 20 75 51 86 62

Ester is a dispute resolution lawyer, specialising in dry and wet shipping, as well as international trade and commodities.

Ester focuses on dispute resolution and advising clients on a broad spectrum of disputes arising under a range of shipping contracts, including charterparties, COAs, bills of lading, pool agreements, MOAs, shipbuilding contracts, commission agreements and sale and purchase agreements. She regularly acts for a variety of shipowners, charterers, shipbrokers, operators, shipmanagers and their insurers in arbitration proceedings and the English High Court.

Ester also assists trader clients to pursue various claims arising under sale and purchase agreements relating to delivery obligations, quality claims, cargo shortages, payment obligations and documentary credits.

On the transactional side, Ester assists clients with the drafting of charterparty terms and related contracts, as well as reviewing MOAs, shipbuilding contracts and commodity sale and purchase agreements.

Ester has spent time at the firm’s Shanghai office and has completed a 4 month secondment with Gard P&I Club, gaining extensive experience advising members on various matters.

Highlight Matters

  • Assisting commodity traders with obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction from the English Courts for the sum of USD 37 million on behalf of trader clients against counterparty in respect of a fraud claim. Assisting clients with pursuing the underlying disputes in a number of jurisdictions.
  • Assisting owners with obtaining an anti-suit injunction from the English Courts restraining the defendant insurers from pursuing a contractual claim brought in Brazil under two bills of lading against a non-party to the bills.
  • Acting for owners pursuing multi-jurisdictional claims against the yard and the underwriters following the sinking of a vessel.  
  • Acting for brokers and their insurers defending various claims arising under brokerage and ship management agreements for more than USD 10 million.
  • Acting for owners and their insurers pursuing a GA claim against cargo interests and their insurers following catastrophic failure of the rudder stock.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Law Society of England & Wales

Commercial Disputes, Maritime, Commodities & trade


Education (University):
University of Cambridge

English, Greek (native), Chinese (conversational)