Ben is a veteran shipping and insurance lawyer with 30 years’ experience of acting for various stakeholders in the shipping, energy and insurance industry. He was a partner in a major shipping law firm which he left more than 10 years ago to set up his own practice,
He specializes in all aspects of dry shipping, Insurance and international trade and has extensive experience in dealing with disputes under all the usual contract forms in use in the shipping, insurance and the offshore industry. His practice encompasses both litigation and arbitration and he regularly acts in relation to disputes under time and voyage charters, the defense of cargo claims, ship arrest, disputes arising out of the sale of ships, shipbuilding contracts and oil and product trading contracts. He acts in relation to the full range of potential disputes under policies of marine insurance including coverage, total loss investigations, claims arising out of equipment failure, engine breakdowns and general average.
Ben has been involved in literally hundreds of maritime arbitrations conducted under the LMAA rules as well as ICC and LCIA arbitrations, involving transportation, engineering and other contractual disputes. He was editor of the Arbitration Law Handbook and is widely regarded as one of the leading maritime arbitration specialists, He is often appointed as arbitrator and is generally willing to consider appointments as arbitrator.
He is a seasoned litigator and has wide experience of commercial court actions including interlocutory matters such as antisuit injunctions, freezing injunctions and Arbitration Act challenges to arbitration awards, Some of the more important reported shipping cases in which he has handled over the years include Houda (time charterers orders), Rialto (piercing corporate veil), Jay Bola (one year Hague Rules time limit), Atlantic Emperor (meaning of arbitration exception in Brussels Convention) and Baltic Navigator ( jurisdiction of arbitrators and identification of contract of carriage).
He is a consultant to the C Solutions group of companies where he is Head of Dry Shipping and Insurance and is often involved in maritime casualty work. He is a Chartered arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the panel of Arbitrators maintained by the China Maritime Arbitration Commission and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators; a Member of Baltic Exchange and a Supporting Member of London Maritime Arbitrators Association and a Member of Indian Maritime Association.