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Portrait of James Severn


James is a partner in the London commercial dispute resolution team. He has a broad commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice with a particular focus on shipping, insurance, and personal injury and fatality claims. His clients include ship owners, marine insurers, cruise and ferry operators, and oil companies. James has particular expertise in investigations by the MCA, MAIB and HSE following accidents and collisions and regularly advises on injuries and death at sea or on offshore installations.

James has extensive experience in the offshore and energy sectors and regularly acts for shipowners and their insurers in disputes arising from the operation of vessels in and around wind farms and other offshore installations. He advises on the contracts frequently used in the offshore/energy markets with a particular focus on BIMCO contracts about which he gives regular presentations. James also advises on salvage and wreck removal.

A member of the British Association for Sport and Law and recognised by Legal 500 in both shipping and sports law, James’ sports practice focuses on football. He advises players, clubs and intermediaries on transfers, image rights, contract negotiations and disciplinary issues at a club and Football Association (FA) level. He also has significant experience of FIFA and CAS claims and advises on the regulatory requirements of the English FA.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising the owners of an offshore support vessel in respect of disputes arising from alleged damage to an undersea installation.
  • Acting for owners and Insurers in an MAIB investigation and personal injury claim following a serious injury at an offshore installation.
  • Advising Premier League football players and their agents on international and domestic transfers,
  • Representing exporters in their claims under EU law for Frankovic Damages following a ban on transporting livestock through Ramsgate Port.

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