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Paul is a partner in the shipping team and has a ‘dry’ maritime practice, consisting predominantly of P&I and defence matters. He receives instructions from owners, charterers and cargo interests together with their respective insurers.

His experience covers a full range of maritime and insurance disputes, involving arbitration, mediation and commercial litigation at the highest appellate level. He has a significant track record in dealing with disputes involving bills of lading and other contracts of carriage, as well as charterparty recoveries. He has also developed particular expertise in handling containerised cargo claims and liquid cargo contamination claims comprising complex technical issues.

With a strong focus on solving clients’ problems in the way that works best for them, while leaving no stone unturned in protecting their interests, Paul has been recognised by The Legal 500. The directory has praised his ‘great overview on complicated tanker matters’ and has described his chemical knowledge as ‘a great advantage’.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for an international container shipping company in a case concerning package limitation in the context of the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules.
  • Representing the successful charterers in a matter concerning the time bar of claims for the purpose of the Inter Club Agreement 1996.
  • Acting for the owners in a case concerning the application of the Hague-Visby Rules to the carriage of deck cargo and the exclusion of liability for negligence.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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