Senior Marine Manager
T +44 (0) 20 7493 6151
Department Maritime Education (University) Cork Institute of Technology – B.Sc.(Hons) Liverpool John Moores University – M.Sc. BPP University – Graduate Dip in Law Languages English
“I continually strive to deliver the best results for my clients, offering practical, succinct advice and cost-effective solutions.”
Donal has more than 20 years’ experience in the shipping sector, 7 of which have been spent in a legal environment. Donal has a broad range of experience, which includes casualty management and investigation, as well as advising clients on both wet and dry shipping matters.
Donal’s clients include ship owners and operators as well as P&I clubs and insurers. He regularly advises clients in the aftermath of collisions, groundings, fire and other major casualties. Donal also handles both salvage and GA matters, as well as unsafe port claims and a broad range of ‘dry’ disputes.
Donal served at sea up to the rank of chief officer on vessels trading world-wide, including gas carriers, container vessels and RoRo and RoPax ferries. Donal has also worked ashore in both ship management and commercial roles.
URLs to online publications
Professional associations & memberships
- Member of The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
- Associate of the Association of Average Adjusters
What you may not know about Donal
Donal has enjoyed a varied career which has allowed him to travel extensively. He has visited over 100 different countries and lived and worked in Hong Kong for a time.
In his spare time, Donal enjoys rugby (mostly as a spectator these days) and hiking. He has also completed a number of marathons and other long-distance running events.
My recent publications
News / Admiralty Court tackles crossing rule head on
24-02-2023 / Maritime
This is the first collision case since the Supreme Court decision in the Ever Smart, in which the Admiralty Court has applied the crossing rules. This article discusses the Court's decision, which is unusual because of the finding of 100% liability against one vessel.
Insights / New rules on witness evidence: is your statement compliant?
15-02-2021 / Maritime
Significant changes to the rules governing the preparation of witness statements will come into force on 6 April 2021. They will apply, with a few exceptions, to all trial witness statements signed on or after that date in Business and Property Court proceedings, although they will not apply to Admiralty Court proceedings until at the earliest 1 October 2020.
Insights / Court finds state had no immunity in respect of salvage claim
23-12-2020 / Maritime
Argentum Exploration Limited v. The silver and all persons claiming to be interested in and/or to have rights in respect of the silver  EWHC 3434 (Admty)
Insights / ICLG - United Kingdom: Shipping Laws and Regulations
20-08-2020 / Maritime
United Kingdom covers common issues in shipping laws and regulations - including marine casualty, cargo claims, passenger claims, arrest and security - in 40 jurisdictions.
Insights / Court finds marina can limit liability
10-07-2020 / Maritime
The Admiralty Court has held that the owners of a marina could limit their liability for damage to property, including vessels, pursuant to s.191 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
Podcasts / 'Collisions: why are they still happening?' webinar series
01-07-2020 / Maritime
Webinar series, 'Collisions: why are they still happening?', hosted by the Ince Admiralty team. The series of four webinars explore the COLREGS and why collisions are still happening, and considers calls for changes to the COLREGS to accommodate autonomous ships. These webinars use a combination of case studies, Q&A and technical insight.
News / Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over hull underwriters’ claims against mortgagee bank in vessel scuttling case
03-04-2020 / Maritime
Aspen Underwriting Ltd and others (Appellants) v. Credit Europe Bank NV (Atlantik Confidence)  UKSC 11 In a decision that will be significant for marine and other insurers, the Supreme Court has found that the English courts did not have jurisdiction over claims brought by the hull underwriters of the vessel, Atlantik Confidence, as against the Dutch bank that was the mortgagee of the vessel and also the assignee of the insurance policy and the loss payee. The Supreme Court held that the bank was not bound by the exclusive English jurisdiction clauses in the policy or the settlement agreement with the vessel owners and managers. Nor could the underwriters rely on the special insurance provisions in the recast Brussels Regulation to establish English Court jurisdiction over their claims. The underwriters are now faced with the prospect of pursuing their claims against the bank in the Netherlands.