Andy acts for ship owners, charterers, cargo interests and their respective insurers. He also receives instructions from port operators, ship yards, ship brokers and ship-managers. Andy provides advice on non-contentious marine matters generally and has particular experience of assisting on high-value ship sale and purchase transactions as well as ship and other asset-based financing and leasing arrangements, ship and yacht building contracts and associated documentation.
Andy's broad contentious experience encompasses the full range of disputes arising in relation to the international carriage of goods by sea, but has also developed expertise in handling disputes arising under contracts for the sale and purchase of vessels.
Andy’s experience includes litigation arising from marine casualties, in particular vessel groundings and claims relating to port safety, as well as the provision of salvage services, the supply of vessels and equipment for offshore projects and disputes arising under contracts of marine insurance.
He also has particular experience of drafting, negotiating and litigating a range of commercial shipping agreements, including various standard form contracts for the shipping and offshore sectors, including the BIMCO Saleform and Supplytime.
My matter highlights
Advising buyers and sellers on the sale and purchase of almost every type of commercial vessel and yacht, including those being sold by judicial sale and on behalf of companies in administration
Advising a group company on the reorganisation of its corporate structure and on a series of significant debt facilities and re-financings secured by a range of corporate and vessel security
Advising on and drafting a full set of standard construction and sale documentation for a Turkish yacht builder
Advising the owners of a specialist off shore unit in a substantial dispute with their buyers under the terms of a memorandum of agreement
Advising owners following the overheating on board of a large quantity of agricultural cargo, dealing with the subsequent cargo claims arising in Iran as well as the charterparty recovery
Advising owners following a serious casualty and CTL of a container vessel following an explosion of a cargo of mis-declared calcium hypochlorite and subsequent fire
Advising VLCC owners in relation to certain high value disputes arising from a series of pooling arrangements
My testimonials and accolades
“We have worked closely with Andy Powell for several years and always found him available, professional and pleasant to work with. He has a hands-on solution-focused approach.”
“Andy Powell is a truly commercial lawyer, incredibly hard working and knowledgeable and always across the detail. He is diplomatic and instantly sees solutions when things go wrong. He is a very safe pair of hands and very well liked.”
“Andy Powell is extremely practical in finding solutions rather than problems. My experience with Andy is in ship closings, deliveries and delivery documentation. In every closing, Andy has contributed hugely to make sure the transaction completes professionally, quickly and with an amicable result for all parties concerned. He is approachable, knowledgeable and proactive.”
“Phenomenally hardworking; A delight to work with; Technical brilliance coupled with strong tactical judgement.”
My recent publications
Insights / Court dismisses challenge to award on grounds of procedural unfairness
10-09-2020 / Maritime
This case involved an unsuccessful appeal to the Court, where charterers contended that there was serious irregularity in the way that the sole arbitrator had dealt with two issues in the underlying arbitration, which had caused them substantial injustice.
News / Bulletin 6: Notaries
12-05-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts
In this week’s bulletin we look at the situation in various jurisdictions in relation to notary services.
News / Bulletin 4: Sale and Purchase of Superyachts
23-04-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts
In this latest briefing from the Ince Yachts & Superyachts team, we look at some of the obstacles to the sale and purchase of superyachts during the lockdown, and some potential legal solutions.
News / Bulletin 3: Covid-19 and Force Majeure
14-04-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts
Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have increasingly been asked by our clients to advise on whether the pandemic itself or events arising out of COVID-19 amount to force majeure events, excusing one or both parties from performing all or part of their obligations under a contract. In this bulletin, we will consider how force majeure events are defined and how this is relevant to the yacht industry in the context of COVID-19, with a particular focus on yacht-building contracts and yacht charters.