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  • Jeremy Biggs

    Jeremy Biggs
    Partner, London

    Maritime, Commodities & trade, Commercial Disputes

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010
    M. +44 7515 196 664
    D. +44 207 551 8218

Jeremy has over 18 years’ experience specialising in all aspects of shipping, as well as international trade and commodities. He acts for the full range of shipping clients in multiple jurisdictions, including shipowners, charterers, pool operators, cargo Interests, shipbrokers, P&I Clubs and H&M Underwriters. Jeremy is a key member of the firm’s Greece and Turkey teams, having been closely involved in those markets for over fifteen years.

Jeremy's wide-ranging maritime expertise covers all aspects of dry and wet shipping matters encountered through the life of a vessel, from charterparty disputes and collisions, to shipbuilding and sale and purchase.

He regularly represents shipping clients in London arbitrations (LMAA, ICC, LCIA and ad-hoc arbitrations) and the English High Court, as well as in multi-jurisdictional disputes involving connected proceedings in different countries.

Jeremy also advises clients on non-contentious issues, particularly in relation to drafting of charterparty terms, shipbuilding contracts, sale and purchase, joint venture agreements, shipmanagement and shipbroking contracts, commission agreements, and pool agreements. 

His expertise extends to advising commodity trading companies on all aspects of the sale and transportation of coal, steel, metals, soft commodities, crude oil, refined products and gas. He has dealt with numerous trade disputes including contamination, shortage and late delivery claims and has experience of handling international trade arbitrations.

Highlight Matters

  • The “Songa Winds” [2018] EWCA Civ 1901 – acted for the successful intermediate time charterers in pursuing claims under Letter of Indemnity for delivery of cargo without original bills of lading, and succeeded in the Court of Appeal on question of whether a term of the Charterparty could impact the validity of the LOI;
  • The “Zagora” [2016] EWHC 3212 – acted for the successful Owners in dispute under Letter of Indemnity for delivery of cargo without original bills of lading;
  • The “Astipalaia” [2014] EWHC 120 (Admlty) – acted for the successful Owners in recovery of substantial damages for loss of profits following collision;
  • The “Kos” [2012] UKSC 17 – acted for the successful Owners in Court of Appeal decision on ability to recover costs of providing security, and in Supreme Court decision on entitlement to remuneration after termination of time charter;
  • The “A Turtle” [2008] EWHC 3034 (Admlty) – acted for Owners in successfully defending claim for freight by tug owners, and involving ‘knock for knock’ provisions under the Towcon charter.
  • Nisshin Shipping Co Ltd v Cleaves & Company Ltd [2003] APP.L.R. 11/07 – acted for successful charterparty brokers in the first ever case under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 for recovery of substantial brokerage commissions.

Legal Directory Quotes

“First-rate litigator”  Legal 500
“The "impressive" Jeremy Biggs is an "extremely able lawyer who is both technically gifted and – vitally – quick to grasp the underlying commercial issues," say sources.”  Chambers and Partners UK


“Short, concise, and user friendly advice, to help clients cut through complex problems and find a solution.”

Professional associations & membership

  • Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)

Maritime, Commodities & trade, Commercial Disputes

England & Wales, 2003

Legal 500, Leading Individual

Education (University):
Nottingham (LLB)

French and Spanish