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  • John Simpson

    John Simpson
    Managing Partner, Singapore

    Trade, Shipping, Energy & Infrastructure

    T. +65 6538 6660
    D. +65 6305 9072

John is Managing Partner in the Singapore office specialising in shipping, energy and international trade.

He advises clients on Charterparties, bills of lading, hedging transactions, FFAs and shipping derivatives. In addition, he advises on the negotiation and drafting of construction and asset employment contracts relating to oil and gas services and associated disputes. He also advises on contracts and disputes in relation to, the trade of oil, bulk cargoes (including coal and iron ore) and LME metals. He has particular experience drafting and advising on disputes in relation to contracts for port services.

John acts for a diverse portfolio of clients including multinational metals and petroleum companies, major contractors to energy companies, P&I Clubs ship-owners and builders, charterers, international insurers and reinsurers and global banks operating in Asia Pacific, East and West Africa and India. He brings knowledge of how best to understand and work on large-scale  disputes from the moment a potential problem arises and on complex contractual arrangements from the outset through to completion.

He has extensive experience of arbitration in Singapore (SIAC, SCMA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc), London (LMAA, LCIA, ICC and ad hoc), Kuala Lumpur (KLRCA) and Indonesia (BANI) as well as English High Court litigation.

As a recognised expert in charterparty law, John was appointed to the Singapore Maritime Foundation drafting committee which advised on a new standard time charter party form in Singapore to take into account the changes in international shipping and chartering practices.

Work highlights:

  • Advising the charterers in relation to a dispute arising out of the withdrawal of the vessel Li Hai for non-payment of hire (see The "Li Hai" - Western Bulk Carriers K/S v. Li Hai Maritime Inc [2005] 2 Lloyd's Law Rep. 389).
  • Advising GlobalORE on revisions to the Standard Iron Ore Trading Agreement (SIOTA).
  • Advising the buyers of a series of seven jack-up drilling rigs on the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts with a shipyard in Singapore.
  • Advising a shipyard in Singapore on a dispute in the tens of millions of dollars under the warranty provisions in a contract for the construction of a newbuild FPSO (including issues in relation to paint coatings, ballast system and HVAC system).
  • Advising the buyers on the drafting and negotiation of a contract for the construction of an FSRU and later advising the same buyers on contracts for the construction of various LNG Carriers.
  • Advising a major shipowner on various disputes (running into the hundreds of millions of dollars) arising out of FFA contracts (OTC and cleared) following the global financial crisis.
  • Advising an owner on an insurance recovery action following the grounding on a remote island (and subsequent constructive total loss) of a semi-submersible rig.
  • Advising a subsea construction company in relation to disputes arising out of the installation of risers in a project offshore Indonesia.
  • Advising reinsurers in connection with an oil well blowout in Indonesia, resulting from issues relating to an earthquake which occurred during drilling activities.
  • Advising a contractor in connection with a dispute for a nine figure sum in relation to the construction of a semi-submersible floating production platform.
  • Advising a gas field operator on a project relating to the construction and employment of ice class vessels, including assisting with the drafting of documents for the tender package and advising during the tendering process.
  • Advising a port logistics company on various contracts for loading vessels with iron ore and coal and for the movement of coal and iron ore between berths and within ports in various geographical locations, including Indonesia, India, East and West Africa.
  • Advising an LNG supplier on pro forma medium term contracts for the supply of LNG between ports on both DES and FOB bases.


University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 
York College of Law 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Law Society of England and Wales
Maritime Law Association of Singapore
Member of the Advisory Board to the National University of Singapore, Law Centre for Maritime Law.



Trade, Shipping, Energy & Infrastructure

Education (University):
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, York College of Law

English, Russian, French