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Catherine specialises in shipping litigation and dispute resolution, as well as dealing with general commercial disputes including debt recovery actions.

Catherine has wide ranging experience advising on disputes under or connected to the full range of shipping contracts including charterparties, COAs, bills of lading, pool agreements, MOAs, shipbuilding contracts, commission agreements and bunker supply contracts. She acts regularly for a broad variety of international shipowners, charterers, shipbrokers, operators and shipmanagers and their P&I / FD&D Clubs in arbitration proceedings (including LMAA/ICC/LCIA and SCMA) and in the English High Court and has been involved in a number of matters which have progressed to the UK Supreme Court. Catherine also manages multi-jurisdictional disputes involving connected proceedings in various countries.

Catherine also provides advice on non-contentious issues, including assistance with drafting charterparty terms and related contracts as well as reviewing MOAs, shipbuilding contracts and dealing with ship sale and purchase matters.

During her time with the firm, Catherine completed a 5 month secondment to the UK Club, gaining extensive experience advising members on both FD&D and P&I matters.

Recent cases and experience

>  Res Cogitans – OW Bunker ‘test case’ which went to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

>  Acting for charterers in a charterparty chain LMAA arbitration where Owners presented a claim of over US$3 million in respect of damage to a vessel’s tanks following carriage of a cargo of phosphoric acid.

>  Acting for owners in relation to the termination of six long term bareboat charterparties and the resulting arbitration proceedings in London and Singapore where total claims exceeded US$100 million. This matter also involved ancillary English High Court injunction applications and other connected actions internationally.

>  Acting for owners in relation to the wrongful termination of a long term LNG time charterparty by charterers where claims for loss and damage exceeded US$50 million.

>  Various claims for owners and charterers relating to the supply of alleged off specification or unfit for purpose bunkers to vessels.

Expertise:
Shipping, Commercial Disputes

Qualified:
2011

Education (University):
University of Sheffield