Shipping 2019: Analysis

We are delighted to present the latest edition of WWL: Shipping, featuring 517 lawyers from 270 firms across over 50 jurisdictions.

This year we identify lawyers from a range of outfits, from full-service international powerhouses to boutique maritime specialists, illustrating the breadth and variety of offerings in the global market. We also highlight the most highly regarded practitioners across EMEA, Asia-Pacific, North America and Latin America.


The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.


Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Jan Wölper CMS Hasche Sigle, Hamburg
2. Haco van der Houven van Oordt AKD, Amsterdam
3. Peter Appel Gorrissen Federspiel, Copenhagen
4. Christoph Hasche Fleet Hamburg, Hamburg
5. Jes Anker Mikkelsen Bech-Bruun, Copenhagen
6. Craig Cunningham Bowmans, Cape Town
7. Andrew D Taylor Reed Smith LLP, London
8. Ann Fenech Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Valletta

Leading Firms


This international law firm sees 15 lawyers from across its offices in the region recognised for their excellence in the shipping sector.
In London, Elinor Dautlich is internationally recognised as a first-rate shipping lawyer. She focuses her practice on finance and transactional matters and frequently advises shipowners and operators.
Richard Mabane draws high praise from market sources who consider him a go-to name for complex shipping disputes involving collisions, contracts and transactions.
Guillaume Brajeux is a well-regarded figure in the French market where he stands out for his expert handling of insurance and reinsurance matters within the shipping sector.
Stanislas Lequette impresses market commentators who highlight him for his excellent work representing ship-owners, insurance providers and P&I clubs in maritime-related disputes.
Tien Tai is “very active in the market” according to sources, and gains recognition for his impressive knowledge and understanding of ship financing matters.

Norton Rose Fulbright

This full-service international firm sees seven lawyers recognised for their shipping expertise.
Harry Theochari leads the firm’s global transport team and is widely recognised for his impressive work advising clients on a range of asset financing matters across the shipping sector.
Patrick Foss is described by sources as “a very competent and experienced lawyer”. He is recommended for his excellent representation of clients in sector-related insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Marie Kelly is a top-notch litigator who receives widespread plaudits for her work advising clients on a broad range of shipping litigation and contractual matters.
In Durban, Malcolm Hartwell leads the transport practice and is recognised by international sources as a top name when it comes to marine insurance and casualty claims.
Andrew Robinson is praised by peers for his first-rate transport practice which spans a range of maritime-related matters from insurance claims to environmental issues.

Ince & Co

This international commercial law firm stands out in the region for its strong shipping offering and sees nine lawyers listed here.
Faz Peermohamed leads the firm’s global shipping practice. He is “very strong in wet shipping matters” say peers, who garners plaudits for his expert handling of sector-related litigation.
Ian Chetwood is a well-established figure in the European market where he enjoys a great reputation for his work on complex shipping disputes and related insurance claims.
In Greece, Antonis Lagadianos possesses over 25 years’ experience in the shipping sector and is well known for his expertise handling contractual disputes in a range of proceedings including litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Hafnia Law Firm

This Danish law firm sees five lawyers highlighted here.
Co-founder Mathias Steinø focuses his well-respected practice on a wide array of shipping and insurance matters, most notably financial and contentious issues.
Henrik Thal Jantzen possesses extensive experience in the shipping sector, and is well versed in advising clients on insurance and marine casualty disputes.
Lars Rosenberg Overby is “a seasoned shipping lawyer” who is highly respected among peers. Interviewees praise his “immense knowledge” of the sector.


Leading Danish law firm that sees two standout individuals in our research recommended for their work in the shipping arena.
Johannes Grove-Nielsen is a highly respected figure in the European market who is recommended for his exceptional work on a range of shipping matters from acquisitions to charter party disputes. One source notes, “He is one of the most professional and proficient lawyers I have worked with.”
Global Elite Thought Leader Jes Anker Mikkelsen wins praise from a range of international sources who consider him a go-to figure in the region for maritime disputes and related insurance issues.

Quadrant Chambers

Leading set at the UK Bar that sees nine barristers listed for their top-tier shipping practices.
Simon Rainey QC is “a highly competent advocate” who wins praise from sources for his first-rate work on shipping, maritime and insurance disputes.
Nigel Jacobs QC focuses his first-class practice on shipping and insurance disputes, and has vast experience representing clients in both High Court litigation and arbitration proceedings.
James Turner QC is a well-recognised figure at the UK Bar where he comes highly recommended for his expertise handling commercial contract disputes within the shipping sector.
Simon Kverndal QC is highlighted by sources as “a hugely experienced advocate” and “smooth operator” who is well known for his work on maritime disputes in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Studio Legale Mordiglia

This Italian shipping and insurance specialist sees five lawyers listed this year.
Massimo Mordiglia is a long-standing fixture in the Italian market who is renowned for his leading expertise when it comes to ship financing, shipbuilding and insurance matters.
Pietro Palandri is commended by market commentators for his excellent work advising financial institutions, insurance companies and ship-owners on casualty claims and ship financing.
Paolo Manica impresses peers and clients alike with his strong knowledge of contentious shipping matters including collisions, charter party disputes and cargo claims.


This firm has a strong presence in the Dutch market and sees four lawyers recognised here.
Haco van der Houven van Oordt wins high praise from respondents who regard him as “very knowledgeable” and “a strategic thinker”. One source says, “He is one of the best shipping lawyers in Rotterdam.”
Pieter den Haan focuses his first-class practice on both wet and dry shipping matters and is considered a standout name when it comes to sophisticated disputes.  
Jos van der Meché
is a widely recognised name among peers who regard him an expert in shipping insurance matters and disputes.
Taco van der Valk is a well-respected dry shipping lawyer who is highly recommended by sources for his work on both contentious and non-contentious issues.

Leading Individuals


At D’Hoine & Mackay, Steven D’Hoine is well known in the Belgian market for his leading shipping practice that spans the whole gamut of matters from collisions to liability claims.


At Montanios & Montanios, Eric Montanios focuses his practice on ship financing matters and is commended for his “high professionalism” as well as his ability to “effectively achieve clients’ objectives”.
Adam Montanios is “a very experienced and professional lawyer” who wins praise from clients for his “creativity and availability” alongside his “wide knowledge of the law in Cyprus as well as other relevant jurisdictions”.

Imad Elias at I Elias & Co possesses over 25 years’ experience practising in the shipping sector and is highly sought after by clients for his expertise in related disputes and insurance claims.


At Gorrissen Federspiel, Peter Appel is recognised by international peers as a top name in the Danish shipping market. They highlight his superb work representing Danish shipping companies in complex litigation and arbitration.
Jens Mathiasen is commended for his broad shipping practice that spans a range of matters from financings to arbitration disputes.

Henrik Frandsen at DLA Piper Denmark Law Firm gains recognition in this edition for his adept handling of maritime contracts, disputes and insurance matters.

Kromann Reumert’s Jakob Rosing is well known for his work in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and is particularly noted here for his excellent work across the shipping sector.


Glenn Winter at Winter Scott Solicitors has extensive experience in the maritime sector, and is recognised as a leading figure when it comes to major disputes both in litigation and arbitration.
Brian Isola is regarded as “a thorough and very competent lawyer” by sources who praise his work on cargo and marine insurance claims.

Reed Smith’s Andrew Taylor is “highly experienced in the field” of maritime law, and is frequently engaged in advising clients on insurance matters, contracts and sale and purchase agreements. He is recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader this year.
Richard Gunn leads the firm’s global casualty and admiralty group, and is commended for his impressive work on collisions, salvage and contractual disputes.

At Thomas Cooper, Darryl Kennard leads the shipping team in London and comes highly recommended for his expertise in both wet and dry shipping.

Tony Swinnerton at Hill Dickinson is recognised for his extensive experience practising in the maritime sector. He enjoys a strong reputation among peers for his work in shipping-related arbitration and litigation.


At Borenius Attorneys, Ulla Von Weissenberg is a top-notch shipping and maritime lawyer who is respected for her “very professional and detailed advice” that is “always in line with client needs”.

Niklas Langenskiöld at Castrén & Snellman Attorneys is a disputes specialist who is well versed in handling contentious matters relating to the maritime and insurance sectors.


Henri Najjar at DelViso-Avocats is “a fantastic lawyer” who stands out in the French market for his first-rate work on maritime, international trade and insurance matters. 

Lewis & Co’s managing partner Lars Lewis is recognised by peers as “a knowledgeable and reliable lawyer” who is well equipped to advise clients on insurance, ship arrests and international trade issues.


At CMS Hasche Sigle, Jan Wölper is “very highly regarded” by market sources for his work representing an array of shipping sector clients including insurers and shipyards.

Thomas Wanckel at Segelken & Suchopar is a leading figure in the international maritime market, where he enjoys a great reputation for his work on shipping and related insurance matters.

Fleet Hamburg’s Christoph Hasche is a well-established figure in the German market. He receives plaudits for his deep knowledge of maritime disputes, which he handles in litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Esther Mallach at Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein continues to impress respondents with her top-tier work on shipping and logistics law. She has 30 years of experience working in the sector.
Jan Dreyer is very active in the international shipping space where he is recognised for his particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance matters.


Milto Papangelis at PPT Legal specialises in dispute resolution and is well experienced in advising clients on complex shipping and insurance-related claims.

At Timagenis Law Firm, Gregory Timagenis is known for his excellent shipping practice that encompasses a range of sector-related issues including marine insurance, shipbuilding and collisions. 


Helen Noble at Noble Shipping Law is well known in the Irish market for her first-class work handling both litigious and non-contentious maritime issues.


At Siccardi Bregante, Corrado Bregante enjoys a long-standing reputation among peers and clients for his expertise in the maritime sector. His experience spans a range of matters including insurance disputes.
Francesco Siccardi is a shipping law specialist who is a firm favourite in the market for his work in the sector. He represents the gamut of clients including underwriters, shipowners and traders.


At Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Ann Fenech is “held in high esteem by everyone who interacts with her professionally” say sources, who commend her “great knowledge of a range of maritime legal issues”.


Michiel van Leeuwen at Boonk Van Leeuwen is “an excellent lawyer” with a strong maritime practice. Sources note he “never gives up” and “is always looking for creative solutions”.

At Dock Legal Experts, Ton Jumelet wins high praise from respondents who say he is “absolutely great” when it comes to advising P&I clubs and underwriters on complex maritime insurance claims.

Michiel Spanjaart at Kneppelhout & Korthals “certainly deserves to be mentioned” according to sources who praise his “excellent” work on maritime-related insurance matters.


Ingar Fuglevåg at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig is one of the top names in the Norwegian market. He is highlighted for his vast experience handling sophisticated maritime disputes in litigation proceedings.

South Africa

At Bowmans, Global Elite Thought Leader Craig Cunningham heads the firm’s shipping practice and is frequently engaged to advise on both contentious and non-contentious issues, including insurance claims, ship arrests and collisions.

Tony Norton at ENSafrica is a maritime law expert who is recommended for his expertise in logistics and admiralty claims. One source says, “Tony is our go-to man for ship arrests.”


Javier Portales at Albors Galiano & Portales focuses his practice on transport law and is widely recognised for his leading expertise in marine insurance claims and other sector-related disputes.

United Arab Emirates

At Fichte & Co, Jasamin Fichte is a well-known figure across the Middle East where she stands out for her expertise in shipping, trade and logistics law.
Alessandro Tricoli leads the firm’s shipping group and is recognised by sources as a standout name in the field. His practice spans a range of matters including sale and purchase, shipbuilding and ship financing.



Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Gregory Nell SC New Chambers, Sydney
2. Edward Cox SC Greenway Chambers, Sydney
3. Harry Hirst Ince & Co, Singapore
4. Frazer Hunt Mills Oakley, Sydney
5. Vivian Ang Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore
6. Andrew Horton Lau, Horton & Wise LLP (in association with CMS Hasche Sigle,
Hong Kong LLP), Hong Kong

Leading Firms

New Chambers 

A leading Australian chambers that is known for its top-tier shipping group. It sees three barristers highlighted here.
Gregory Nell SC is “the very best in the market” according to respondents, a view reflected across our research, where he stands out as the top name in the region this year. He is recognised as “an excellent senior counsel” with strong experience in admiralty and maritime disputes.
Angus Stewart SC is one of the leading advocates in the region, according to respondents. He stands out for his exceptional work on international trade and shipping litigation and arbitration.
Catherine Gleeson is well known in the Australian shipping market and gains widespread recognition for her expertise in related insurance and trade matters.

HWL Ebsworth 

Australian commercial law firm that receives three listings this year.
Joe Hurley continues to impress market sources with his “vast experience in maritime affairs” that spans insurance claims, casualty cases and ship financings.
Simon Liddy is a well-recognised figure among peers and clients alike who commend his expert handling of complex issues relating to passenger vessels.
Jesper Martens is a transport law specialist who is highly recommended for his work advising cargo owners, ship owners and insurers on a range of sector-related matters. 


Recognised globally for its shipping expertise. Nine of its lawyers are recognised for their expertise in the region this year.
Robert Springall is “really highly regarded” for his work across the shipping sectors, say sources. They consider him “a prominent name” when it comes to advising on commercial contracts and casualty claims.
Gavin Vallely is recognised as “a major player in the market” and wins high praise from sources who note that “he is very experienced in oil and gas and offshore operations” relating to the sector.
In Hong Kong, Henry Dunlop is “a smart and experienced lawyer” who regularly counsels clients on a range of maritime issues, from contracts to disputes.

Colin Biggers & Paisley 

This Australian outfit sees three lawyers highlighted here.
Stuart Hetherington is “one of the most prominent figures in the market” according to peers. They describe him as “very well regarded and well known” for his extensive experience handling maritime litigation proceedings, as well as liability claims. 
Andrew Tulloch is “very highly regarded” among peers and clients who praise his excellent work on sophisticated insurance claims across the shipping sector.
Stephen Thompson is well known across the Australian market for his impressive work on shipping transactions, regulatory matters and contracts. 

Leading Individuals


At Greenway Chambers, Edward Cox SC stands out as “the leading shipping junior in Australia”, according to interviews, while other peers note him as “one of the busiest and best of the Sydney Bar”.

Matthew Harvey at the Victorian Bar is “a leading junior in shipping in Melbourne” say respondents, who commend his work on international sale of goods and maritime law.

Global Elite Thought Leader Frazer Hunt at Mills Oakley is “very active” in the field of shipping law, where he enjoys a strong reputation for his expertise in complex insurance matters.


Clyde & Co’s Ik Wei Chong is a well-recognised figure in the Chinese market where he is respected for his first-rate international trade, insurance and shipping practice.

At Co-effort Law Firm, David Zhou Yi focuses his impressive practice on a wide array of shipping-related matters from transactions to insurance claims and dispute resolution.

Hong Kong

Steven Wise at Lau, Horton & Wise is one of the foremost shipping experts in the Asia-Pacific market. He is highlighted for his superb work on charter party disputes and insurance claims.
Andrew Horton is a well-respected shipping lawyer who stands out among peers for his leading expertise in insurance-related matters.

Stephenson Harwood’s Andrew Rigden Green is a top name in the region who comes highly recommended for his expert handling of shipping and trade matters. One source says, “Andrew is my go-to man for shipping in Hong Kong.”


At Okabe & Yamaguchi, Shuji Yamaguchi is a maritime law specialist who is considered first port of call for many clients seeking counsel on sector-related disputes.


Ince & Co Singapore’s Harry Hirst is highly respected among peers and clients in the shipping sector, one of whom notes, “Harry is the best casualty lawyer in Hong Kong and Singapore.”

Vivian Ang at Allen & Gledhill co-leads the firm’s maritime and aviation practice and is one of the pre-eminent leaders in the region in our research. She is recognised as a top-tier transport law expert who possesses a deep understanding of both wet and dry shipping disputes.


North America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Marc D Isaacs Isaacs & Co, Toronto
2. John G O’Connor Langlois Lawyers, Montreal
3. Rui M Fernandes Fernandes Hearn LLP, Toronto
4. Keith W Heard Lennon Murphy & Phillips LLC, New York
5. Shelley Chapelski Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver
6. John D Kimball Blank Rome LLP, New York
7. Richard Desgagnés Brisset Bishop, Montreal
8. Marc de Man De Man Pillet, Montreal

Leading Firms

Brisset Bishop 

This maritime specialist has a dominant position in the Canadian market and sees three lawyers listed this year.
Richard Desgagnés is one of the most prominent shipping lawyers in the region. He is a firm favourite among clients including ship owners, charterers and indemnity funds who highlight his extensive experience in the sector. 
David Colford is a strong name in the market who is recognised by market commentators for his impressive advocacy work in relation to shipping and contractual disputes.
Danièle Dion is “one of the top lawyers” in the Canadian shipping market. She is highly recommended by sources who describe her as “knowledgeable, effective and pragmatic”. 

Norton Rose Fulbright

This full-service international outfit achieves three listings here.
Shelley Chapelski is a leading light in the North American shipping space, where she enjoys a strong reputation as “a senior figure” with impressive expertise in contracts and liability claims.
John Bromley is “a well-recognised name” among peers who commend his expert handling of complex maritime litigation before a range of domestic courts and tribunals.
In New York, Brian Devine leads the firm’s transport practice. He impresses market sources with his excellent work handling financings and asset management across the shipping sector.


This maritime and admiralty firm sees three lawyers highlighted in this chapter.
Gary Wharton is a well-established figure in the Canadian market and is known among sources for his impressive work handling a range of sector-related litigation, from casualty claims to class actions.
Founding partner Peter Swanson is highly sought after by clients who commend his strong expertise when it comes to collisions, charter party disputes and shipping contracts.
David Jones is a top-notch litigator known for his extensive experience dealing with a wide array of shipping disputes involving personal injury, insurance claims and regulatory issues. 

Borden Ladner Gervais

Leading Canadian law firm sees four individuals listed this year.
Jeremy Bolger is “a senior figure” in the market who is widely respected for his “extensive experience in maritime law”, spanning a broad range of contentious proceedings.
Peter Pamel is a maritime specialist who focuses his first-rate practice on regulatory issues, casualty claims, environmental compliance and sector-related disputes. 

Blank Rome

Standout American law firm that sees five lawyers recognised for their shipping expertise.
John Kimball is well recognised among peers and clients who regard him as a top name for handling emergency matters across the sector such as collisions, piracy cases, groundings and insurance claims.
Thomas Belknap is much sought after by shipping-sector clients who praise his expertise in sophisticated international insurance disputes.

Leading Individuals


At De Man Pillet, Marc de Man is a pre-eminent figure in the international shipping market. He is renowned for his outstanding work representing a range of sector clients including charterers, ship owners and underwriters.

Rui Fernandes at Fernandes Hearn is “a senior maritime law counsel” who is highly respected among respondents for his extensive experience handling a range of maritime insurance claims including collisions and cargo. 

At Metcalf & Company, Frank Metcalf QC draws widespread praise from international peers and has over 40 years’ experience representing clients in complex maritime disputes.

Marc Isaacs at Isaacs & Co is “a leading maritime counsel” according to sources. They praise his world-class shipping practice which spans insurance and transport litigation. 


At Lennon Murphy & Phillips, Keith Heard is “a top lawyer” in the maritime space according to market commentators who consider him “really strong on litigation”.

Raymond Burke Jr at Burke & Parsons is “a very experienced practitioner” who draws high praise for his expertise in both contentious and non-contentious shipping matters.

Seward & Kissel’s Bruce Paulsen co-chairs the firm’s litigation group, and is well versed in advising and representing clients in complex maritime disputes before both trial and appellate courts.

Thomas Rue at Maynard Cooper & Gale chairs the firm’s admiralty and maritime group. He is recognised for his vast experience in the sector representing a range of clients from underwriters to ship owners and terminal operators.


Latin America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Pedro Calmon Filho Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados, Rio de Janeiro
2. Godofredo Mendes Vianna Kincaid Mendes Vianna Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
3. Luís Felipe Galante Escritório Jurídico Carbone, Rio de Janeiro

Leading Firms

Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados  

Pedro Calmon Filho is a highly respected name in the international shipping space where he stands out for his extensive experience and expert handling of complex commercial cases.
Pedro Calmon Neto wins high praise from respondents this year for his impressive work advising P&I clubs and shipping companies on a range of sector-related matters.
Henrique Oswaldo Motta gains recognition for his excellent work handling a range of matters for domestic and international clients across the shipping sector. 

Kincaid Mendes Vianna Advogados 

This well-respected Brazilian firm sees two lawyers highlighted here.
Godofredo Mendes Vianna is “a very sharp and perceptive lawyer” who possesses “comprehensive maritime law knowledge throughout Brazil”. One source effuses: “He is an expert in his field of law.”
Iwam Jaeger is a widely respected figure in the market who wins particular praise from sources for his work on marine liability matters, an area in which he is highlighted for the “depth of his knowledge”.

Leading Individuals


Artur Carbone at Escritório Jurídico Carbone is “a top lawyer” who is known for his first-class work handling maritime disputes and casualty claims. 
Top-class lawyer Luís Felipe Galante stands out in the Brazilian market for his strong understanding of complex maritime claims. We select Galante as a Global Elite Thought Leader this year for his outstanding expertise.


Enrique Garza at Clyde & Co is a well-recognised name in the Mexican shipping space who is noted for his excellent work on maritime insurance matters. He wins praise from peers who comment, “Enrique always gets the job done,”


Morgan & Morgan’s Juan David Morgan Jr enjoys a fantastic reputation in the maritime space where he is respected for his outstanding work on sophisticated commercial disputes.

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