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  • Sophie Henniker-Major

    Sophie Henniker-Major
    Managing Associate, London

    Maritime, Commodities & trade, Yachts and superyachts

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010

Sophie is a dispute resolution lawyer specialising in shipping litigation and general commercial disputes, including in the international trade sector. She also has extensive experience of non-contentious matters within both these industries. Acting for shipowners, charterers, operators, commodity traders and their respective insurers, Sophie handles high-value, often multi-jurisdictional, disputes involving litigation in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal and arbitration (most commonly LMAA and LCIA). Having undertaken secondments to a leading global offshore contractor, an international commodity trader and an International Group P&I Club, Sophie understands her clients’ commericial needs and provides them with quick and concise advice.

Sophie regularly advises on all aspects of wet and dry shipping matters. She focuses mainly on disputes arising under charterparties, COAs, bills of lading, bunker supply contracts and MOAs, as well as commodities disputes and casualties, particularly collisions.

She also advises on non-contentious issues relating to these areas, including advising on and drafting contracts, bill of lading and charterparty terms, and assisting clients with the sale and purchase of assets. Sophie also has significant experience in regulatory and compliance matters and provides advice to a range of shipowners and insurers in relation to bribery and anti-corruption issues, policies and procedures.

Sophie’s international trade experience spans a broad range of commodities, including crude and oil products, gas, LNG and LPG. She regularly advises on the terms of sale and purchase agreements and has a particular focus on the negotiation of LNG sale contracts.

Highlight Matters

  • Advising the Owners of the Ever Smart in relation to a collision with a laden VLCC outside the port of Jebel Ali, reported at:
  • Nautical Challenge Ltd v. Evergreen Marine (UK) Limited [2019] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 130
  • Nautical Challenge Ltd v. Evergreen Marine (UK) Limited [2019] EWHC 163 (Admlty)
  • Nautical Challenge Ltd v. Evergreen Marine (UK) Limited [2017] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 666
  • Acting for owners in relation to disputes arising under two long term bareboat charterparties and the resulting series of arbitration hearings in London where total claims exceeded USD 20 million. This matter also involved ancillary applications for injunctive relief.
  • Advising and acting on behalf of shipowners, charterers and commodity traders arising out of the insolvencies of various major bunker suppliers and shipping companies, with exposures exceeding USD 30 million.

Maritime, Commodities & trade, Yachts and superyachts