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Portrait of Richard Morris
Areas of expertise: Shipping, Marine, trade and energy


Richard specialises in shipping with particular emphasis on admiralty law. A member of the firm’s 24/7 emergency response team, Richard has more than 30 years’ experience of advising on collisions and salvage as well as oil pollution claims, yachts, total losses, fires and groundings.

He also deals with and has a wide experience of criminal offences at sea matters, regulatory investigations and fishing claims as well as insurance-related disputes.

Richard has been ranked in Legal 500 and cited as being “outstanding”.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising on the loss of the passenger ferry, Al Salam Boccaccio 98, which sank with more than 1300 passengers aboard, one of the largest Red Sea disasters.
  • Acting in the case of the capsize of the Bourbon Alpha with the loss of eight lives and subsequent public inquiry. The tragedy had a profound effect on anchor handling.
  • Advising on the collision between the Dutch Aquamarine chemical tanker and the Ash general cargo vessel in the Dover Straits.
  • Representing owners in numerous other cases including the salvage of a container ship in the River Scheldt, the grounding of a bulk carrier off Denmark and the loss of passenger cruise ships off South Africa.

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