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Portrait of Darryl Kennard


Darryl is a partner in the marine, trade and energy team in the London office and a key member of the emergency response team. He is one of the few shipping lawyers who specialise in both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ work from collisions, salvage, groundings, total losses, fires and piracy through to charterparty disputes and claims arising under bills of lading.

Based in Norway for one year and in Singapore for five years, Darryl receives instructions from salvors, container lines, dry bulk and tanker owners as well as charterers, traders, P&I clubs and other insurers. He is a supporting member of the LMAA, a member of the Baltic Exchange, and a supporting member of the Association of Average Adjusters. He is also the firm’s representative on the Admiralty Solicitors Group.

Chambers & Partners sources say that Darryl has a “very user-friendly approach – he does not over-complicate things with legal jargon”, and that he is "very commercial and thinks outside the box... an inventive thinker.”

Recent work highlights

  • Representing the owners following a terminal crane collapse at Bremerhaven onto the Maersk Karachi, which led to a major fire that was extinguished by hold flooding and multi-million GA expenditure.
  • Acting for the salvors of the salvage on LOF terms of the CSCL Jupiter which was re-floated by 16 tugs after she ran hard grounded in the River Scheldt.
  • Advising a tanker pool on its claim for loss of freight following multiple rejections by oil majors - A v B [2018] EWHC 2325 (Comm).
  • Acting for a charterer trader on an “unsafe port” claim following the grounding of a dry bulk vessel off Suriname which was salvaged on LOF terms with the loss of the salving tug and tug master.
  • Representing the crude carrier UACC Shams following her collision with the container ship Celina Star in the Bay of Algeciras in 2016.

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