Chris Chatfield specialises in Goods in Transit work (primarily road and ocean carriage), policy disputes, insurance litigation and the drafting of commercial contracts (such as distribution agreements and forwarders’ standard trading conditions). His goods in transit work includes both recoveries and liability work.
I joined Waltons & Morse in July 1999 having qualified as a solicitor in December 1997. I have a Masters Degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Nottingham and wrote my thesis on title to sue in respect of the carriage of goods by sea.
My practice consists of goods in transit claims (principally by road and sea, but also air and rail freight) and marine and liability insurance. I also specialise in warehouse claims defending and pursuing claims in relation to damage and loss to cargo arising from theft, floods, fires and other such causes.
My work regarding carriage of goods includes both claims and liability work involving both domestic and international carriage. .
I have represented stevedores and freight and port terminals in regard to claims by cargo interests, equipment claims and general liability issues.
I also advise and act on behalf of both insurers and insureds with regard to insurance policy issues. I specialise in cargo and freight liability policies. I have been responsible for drafting policies in this area for several of the leading insurers. I have advised a number of carriers, cargo interests and freight organisations on their liabilities arising from the importation of clandestine entrants.
Waltons & Morse LLP:
n about 1848 Charles Walton, the founder of the firm, opened a law office in the dock area close to the Tower of London to specialize in shipping and insurance law. These remain the core business activities of the firm, which is one of the leading specialist practices based in the City of London. A brief history of the firm is set out below.We have always been located at the centre of the London shipping and insurance markets and, since its earliest days, the firm’s clientele has included underwriters, shipowners and trading companies based abroad.
Contacts established over the years with foreign lawyers, surveyors and other experts, coupled with our modern communications facilities, enable us to deal with complex situations wherever they arise.
There is a wealth of experience amongst the partners and staff, and our aim is to provide prompt and practical advice and guidance. Our principal objective is to resolve problems efficiently and in the most effective manner in the client’s best interests.