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Haris Zografakis

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International arbitration

International arbitration

Haris Zografakis Partner

Contact details

Haris Zografakis

T: +44 20 7809 2144 Email Haris | Vcard Office: London

Haris heads the firm's commodities practice and for over twenty years has dealt with all aspects of shipping and international maritime trade. He has acted for clients ranging from mining companies and oil majors to shipowners and their insurers, state-owned oil companies, independent trading houses, chemical companies, banks and refineries from Europe, North and South America, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
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Haris started his career in the City of London in 1994. Dispute resolution represents the largest part of his practice: High Court and multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration of cases ranging from modest demurrage claims to mine off-take, shipbuilding and oil and gas disputes worth hundreds of millions. His reported cases include the Johnny K, Trafigura v Kookmin Bank, the Sabrewing, the Northgate, the Port Russel, U&M v. Konkola Copper Mines ​and CH Offshore v. PDVSA Petroleo. While he has been described as a "solid and tenacious litigator" (Chambers UK 2007), he is also involved in non-contentious work, structuring transactions and drafting standard terms.

This diverse practice has allowed him a unique insight into all aspects of shipping and international trade that is uncommon amongst the shipping legal profession. He has served on the editorial board of Shipping and Transport Law Journal, is member of the Council of the London Shipping Law Centre, has published and lectured extensively worldwide including for BIMCO.

Haris heads the firm's commodities practice, which was recognised as a First Tier team by The Legal 500 2015. The same directory described him as "leading a true team, perfectly organised, providing excellent legal and commercial advice".
 
"Exceptional practitioner"

The Legal 500 UK 2015
 
  • International arbitration
  • Commodities
  • Shipping litigation
  • Marine and international trade

LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICC disputes

LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICC disputes involving all types of mining, oil exploration and production and commodities trading disputes.

Mining – LCIA arbitration

Acting for one of the world's largest copper mines in a dispute with a contractor.

Metal concentrates – LCIA arbitration

Advising mining group in a series of quality and other disputes with a major trading company relating to the supply of copper, lead and zinc concentrates.

Maritime – LMAA arbitrations

Acted in hundreds of LMAA arbitrations regarding all types of maritime contracts.

Commodities – FOSFA and GAFTA arbitrations

Advised clients in relation to soft commodities arbitration disputes.
 

More: International arbitration

Sale contract disputes – oil, coal, iron ore, metals and agriproduct trades

Advising on all types of sale contract disputes in the oil, coal, iron ore, metals and agriproduct trades.

Supply of iron ore - non-performance of a contract

Advised a leading global commodity trading company on a dispute relating to the non-performance of a contract for the supply of iron ore.

Repurchase ("repo") agreements

Advising a major bank on a “repo” transactions for soft commodities stored in European and African warehouses.

Sulphuric acid – quality dispute

Advising a major zinc producer in a quality dispute with one of the world’s largest fertiliser traders over a series of contracts for the sale of sulphuric acid.

Soybean dispute 

Advising a major Swiss soft commodities trading company in a GAFTA dispute with a German soybean trader related to unpaid fees.

Letter of credit dispute - Trafigura v Kookmin Bank

Advising on a LC dispute in which the buyer of decant oil became insolvent. In an attempt to cover its loss the bank brought proceedings in Korea against the shippers of the cargo; the owners of the ship that carried the cargo and the managers of the vessel.

GTCs

Drafting general terms and conditions for the sale and purchase of petroleum products.
 

More: Commodities

Charterparty, bill of lading, MoA disputes 

Advising clients on all types of charterparty, bill of lading and MoA disputes. 

The "Johnny K" 

Advising on a claim for damages in circumstances where the vessel sailed without loading its full nominated cargo.

The "Sabrewing"

Advising charterers of the vessel Sabrewing on the claim by the owners, for demurrage. It was held that the owners’ claim was time-barred pursuant to a charterparty time bar clause.

The “Northgate” 

Construction of charterparty laytime/demurrage provisions; waiver and estoppel.
 

More: Shipping litigation

Oil and gas – sale contract chain dispute

Advising and managing complex multi-party High Court disputes relating to the delivery of off-spec product.

Sulphuric acid – quality dispute

Advising a major zinc producer in a quality dispute with one of the world’s largest fertiliser traders over a series of contracts for the sale of sulphuric acid.

Supply of iron ore - non-performance of a contract

Advised a leading global commodity trading company on a dispute relating to the non-performance of a contract for the supply of iron ore. 

 
More: Marine and international trade
  • Oil and gas
  • Mining and minerals
  • International trade
  • P&I clubs
  • Shipowners and operators

Oil and gas – sale contract chain dispute

Advising and managing complex multi-party High Court disputes relating to the delivery of off-spec product. 

Oil and gas – contentious matters

Advising a state-owned oil and natural gas company, on various contentious matters, contracts and charterparty advice.

Oil and gas – offshore disputes

Advising and managing arbitration and multi-jurisdictional proceedings in relation to drilling and other offshore contracts.

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Oil and gas

LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICC disputes

LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICC disputes involving all types of mining, oil exploration and production and commodities trading disputes.

Mining – LCIA arbitration

Acting for one of the world's largest copper mines in a dispute with a contractor.

Metal concentrates – LCIA arbitration

Advising mining group in a series of quality and other disputes with a major trading company relating to the supply of copper, lead and zinc concentrates.

More: Mining and minerals
 

Sale contract disputes – oil, coal, iron ore, metals and agriproduct trades

Advising on all types of sale contract disputes in the oil, coal, iron ore, metals and agriproduct trades.

Sulphuric acid – quality dispute

Advising a major zinc producer in a quality dispute with one of the world’s largest fertiliser traders over a series of contracts for the sale of sulphuric acid.

Supply of iron ore - non-performance of a contract

Advised a leading global commodity trading company on a dispute relating to the non-performance of a contract for the supply of iron ore.


Cocoa beans – "repo" agreement

Advising a major Australian bank on a “repo” transaction for cocoa beans stored in European warehouses and Ghanaian warehouses.


Dairy products - “repo” agreement 

Advising a major Australian bank on a “repo” transaction for powdered milk stored in European warehouses.

Soybean dispute

Advising a major Swiss soft commodities trading company in a GAFTA dispute with a German soybean trader related to unpaid fees. 

Charterparty, bill of lading and MoA disputes 

Advising clients on all types of charterparty, bill of lading and MoA disputes. 

The "Johnny K" 

Advising on a claim for damages in circumstances where the vessel sailed without loading its full nominated cargo.

The "Sabrewing"

Advising charterers of the vessel Sabrewing on the claim by the owners, for demurrage. It was held that the owners’ claim was time-barred pursuant to a charterparty time bar clause.

The “Northgate” 

Construction of charterparty laytime/demurrage provisions; waiver and estoppel.

More: P&I clubs

Charterparty, bill of lading and MoA disputes 

Advising clients on all types of charterparty, bill of lading and MoA disputes.


The "Sabrewing"

Advising charterers of the vessel Sabrewing on the claim by the owners, for demurrage. It was held that the owners’ claim was time-barred pursuant to a charterparty time bar clause.

The “Northgate” 

Construction of charterparty laytime/demurrage provisions; waiver and estoppel.

More: Shipowners and operators
 

Awards

International arbitration

International arbitration

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