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Cristan Evans

T: +44 20 7809 2624 M: +44 7812 045 790 Email Cristan | Vcard Office: London

Cristan Evans Partner

Contact details

Cristan Evans

T: +44 20 7809 2624 M: +44 7812 045 790 Email Cristan | Vcard Office: London

Cristan specialises in the resolution of shipping and trade disputes. He provides practical, commercial advice with the aim of resolving the most complex disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
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Cristan acts for shipowners, charterers, cargo interests and their insurers in disputes arising under charterparties, bills of lading and contracts of affreightment. He has acted in Court proceedings and in arbitrations conducted under the LMAA, UNCITRAL, LCIA, FOSFA and GAFTA rules.

An experienced commodities lawyer, Cristan also acts in sale contract disputes for buyers and sellers involving commodities such as petroleum products, coal, vegetable oils/oil seeds and biofuels.

"Good with tricky issues"
The Legal 500 2015

  • Marine and international trade
  • Shipping litigation
  • Commodities

OW Bunkers

Advising an International Group P&I Club in relation to the insolvency of the OW Bunkers group, including issues relating to the sale of goods and the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations.

Ship management

Acting for owners in claims for US$2 million against ship managers arising out of the managers' negligence in the technical management of the vessel and, in particular, a failure to properly supervise the works undertaken during a routine dry-docking.

Defective coatings

Acting for a paint manufacturer in defending claims by owners for US$10 million arising out of allegedly defective cargo hold coatings applied to 6 vessels constructed in China.

More: Marine and international trade

Early redelivery

Acting for disponent owners in claims for over US$50 million arising out of the early redelivery of seven dry-bulk vessels. The clients' claims were secured in full following six arrests in four different jurisdictions over a three week period.

Oil major approvals

Acting for charterers in pursuing multi-million dollar claims arising out of the loss of oil major approvals by a VLGC. A successful outcome was achieved at mediation without the need for the commencement of proceedings.

Dangerous cargo

Acting for charterers in defending claims in High Court proceedings for US$1.5 million relating to damage caused to a vessel's tanks by an allegedly dangerous cargo of fuel oil.

More: Shipping litigation

Quality dispute

Acted for a major mining and metals conglomerate in successfully defending claims for breach of warranty of quality in relation to the mercury content of three shipments of sulphuric acid.

Non-acceptance

Acted for a prominent South American coal mine in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings in successfully pursuing claims against a Singaporean trader arising out of the non-acceptance of a shipment of coal.

Non-delivery

Acted for an oil trader in LCIA arbitration proceedings in successfully defending claims by an oil major in relation to the alleged non-delivery of a shipment of base oils on grounds of force majeure.

More: Commodities

  • Shipowners and operators
  • P&I clubs
  • Shipping

Piracy

Acting for owners in defending claims for US$7 million by charterers for alleged unseaworthiness arising out of the theft of part of a cargo of gas oil by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea.

Pool agreement

Acting for a participant in a tanker pool in claims for US$7 million arising out of the dissolution of the pool.

Demurrage

Acting for tanker owners in numerous demurrage claims. The issues arising have included demurrage time bars/documentary requirements, the requirement for notices of protest in the absence of free pratique and the application of the Conoco weather clause.

More: Shipowners and operators

OW Bunkers

Advising an International Group P&I Club in relation to the insolvency of the OW Bunkers group, including issues relating to the sale of goods and the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations.

Inter-club agreement

Acting for owners in LMAA arbitration proceedings in a claim against charterers for an indemnity of US$2.5 million under the NYPE Inter-Club Agreement arising out of the settlement of a cargo claim in China.

Off-hire

Acting for owners in successfully defending claims for off-hire arising out of a breakdown of an anchor winch, resulting in the vessel missing her booked transit through the Panama Canal.

More: P&I clubs

Off-spec bunkers

Acting for charterers in defending claims by owners for US$1.2 million arising out of the supply of allegedly off-spec low sulphur fuel oil resulting in a breakdown of the main engine on board a fully-laden container ship.

Oil major approvals

Acting for charterers in pursuing multi-million dollar claims arising out of the loss of oil major approvals by a VLGC. A successful outcome was achieved at mediation without the need for the commencement of proceedings.

Speed and consumption

Acting for owners in successfully defending claims for breach of the speed and consumption warranty in a time charter. The issues arising included an allegation of deliberate slow steaming.

More: Shipping

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