Peter is a litigation specialist, whose practice encompasses both wet and dry shipping matters. He frequently acts for shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs and H&M underwriters in High Court proceedings and London arbitrations on casualties and contractual disputes.
Peter has acted on several significant casualties and frequently advises on admiralty matters including: salvage, collisions, and groundings. He also advises on various disputes arising out of charterparties, particularly relating to cargo claims and hire disputes.
Peter regularly advises buyers and shipyards in relation to shipbuilding contracts and disputes. He also advises in relation to non-contentious drafting issues.
Peter is experienced in advising on some of the largest military procurement contracts in the Defence and Security sector and has specialist knowledge of the complexities associated with defence contracting, including Single Source Contract Regulations, MoD standard form agreements and DEFCONs.
My matter highlights
- Acting for owners in relation to a significant casualty following a cargo fire.
- Acting for hull underwriters in a coverage dispute following a constructive total loss.
- The “Eems Solar”  EWCA Civ 333 - Acting for the successful owners in the Court of Appeal in relation to a cargo claims dealing with responsibility for loading and stowage.
- Acting owners in relation to several new build cancellation disputes in LMAA arbitrations.
- Advising owners in relation to numerous new build contracts with various yards in China, South Korea and Japan.
- Acting for owners in a general average and transshipment dispute in London arbitration.
- Advising on significant UK Ministry of Defence procurement contracts.
- Acting for Charterers and commodity traders in a significant demurrage dispute.
My recent publications
News / Owners not in breach of charter and entitled to claim demurrage
09-11-2022 / Maritime
CM P-MAX III Limited v. Petroleos Del Norte SA (MT Stena Primorsk)  EWHC 2147 (Comm) This recent laytime and demurrage dispute demonstrates that an owner can legitimately refuse orders where such orders may jeopardise the safety of a vessel.
News / Court applies traditional good weather method for assessing vessel’s performance
07-09-2022 / Maritime
Eastern Pacific Chartering Inc v. Pola Maritime Ltd (Divinegate)  EWHC 2095 (Comm) The Court has recently dismissed a claim for wrongful arrest in an underperformance dispute and also given helpful guidance as to how speed and performance cases are to be approached.
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.