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  • Chris Kidd

    Chris Kidd
    Head of Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction, Partner, London (Aldgate Tower)

    Shipping, Energy & Infrastructure, Yachts and Superyachts

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010
    chriskidd@incegdlaw.com

Chris is dual-qualified as a solicitor in England and Hong Kong. Between 1995 and 2001 he practised in the firm's Hong Kong office, during which time he was the Secretary of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association. Chris has strong industry links in Hong Kong, China, and Korea. He is a Member of the Council of the LSLC.

Chris Kidd "has vast experience in shipbuilding matters"  Legal 500 
"A REAL ASSET” 
Legal 500 
Chris’ practice encompasses shipping and offshore matters. He leads the firm’s shipbuilding team and frequently advises buyers and shipyards in relation to building, conversion and repair contracts, as well as dispute resolution, for conventional vessels and specialist offshore vessels and floating platforms. He worked with BIMCO to develop NEWBUILDCON, a standard form newbuilding contract, and is a regular speaker and chairman of seminars on shipbuilding, conversion and repair.

Chris advises on yacht and superyacht construction contracts including contract drafting and negotiation, and dispute resolution.
"understands client needs and always gives first-class advice." Legal 500
Chris has specialist experience in jurisdictional issues, mediation and in major London arbitrations and litigation, particularly for claims arising from shipbuilding, conversion and repair contracts. His experience includes LMAA, ICC and LCIA arbitrations, as well as cases in the Commercial Court, Hong Kong Courts and liaising with lawyers conducting litigation in other jurisdictions.

He also advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, as well as dispute resolution, in the renewables sector including offshore wind farm installation contracts, charterparties and contracts for the construction of wind farm installation vessels. He has been involved in Greater Gabbard, Gunfleet Sands, London Array, West of Duddon Sands, Borkum Riffgat, Kentish Flats, Westermost Rough, Gwent Y Mor, amongst others. He has also worked with BIMCO to develop WINDTIME, a standard offshore wind farm personnel transfer and support vessel charterparty.

Chris has also advised in connection with accidents to offshore vessels, fixed and floating platforms. He has acted in a significant number of cases including BP Thunderhorse, Bombay High North and Piper Alpha.

His clients include shipyards, buyers, owners, offshore wind farm contractors and developers.

Recent cases

  • Ferrostaal v Bharati Shipyard; Ferrostaal v State Bank of India (acted for Ferrostaal in connection with the London arbitration and High Court proceedings arising out of the disputed cancellation of two contracts to build OSV’s at Bharati Shipyard and recovering under the refund guarantees provided by SBI)
  • Algoma Tankers v Jiangxi Jiangzhou Union Shipbuilding (and others) (acted for Algoma in connection with the London arbitration arising out of the disputed cancellation of three contracts to build chemical tankers at Jiangzhou Union Shipbuilding and recovering under the refund guarantees provided by Chinese banks)
  • West Hercules/West Aquarius (acted for DSME in connection with the London arbitration arising out of Seadrills claims for liquidated damages following the delays in delivery of two semi-submersible drilling rigs) 
  • BP Thunderhorse (acted for DSME in connection with the London arbitration arising out of BP’s claims for construction defects and the near total loss of the world’s largest production and drilling quarters) 
  • Acting for contractors in over half of UK’s offshore windfarm projects.

Expertise:
Shipping, Energy & Infrastructure, Yachts and Superyachts

Qualified:
1986 (UK), 1995 (Hong Kong)

Education (University):
Cambridge University