Contact details

Joe Gosden

T: +44 20 7809 2105 M: +44 7826 542 600 Email Joe | Vcard Office: London

Joe Gosden Senior associate

Contact details

Joe Gosden

Joe Gosden
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2105 M: +44 7826 542 600 Email Joe | Vcard Office: London

A solicitor with a broad range of litigation and arbitration experience, Joe has a particular specialism in disputes arising out of the shipping, super-yacht and ship finance sectors. He handles defence and P&I matters for many London clubs, as well as bank enforcement actions and commercial disputes within these sectors.
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Joe regularly acts in complex charterparty disputes for a range of clients, with a particular emphasis on the dry bulk sector. In addition to conducting High Court litigation and LMAA Arbitration proceedings, Joe frequently provides assistance to shipowners, charterers and clubs during the initial “live” stages of a matter.

In addition to handling claims regarding delivery, hire and cargo, Joe has substantial experience of disputes relating to the supply of bunkers, towage contracts and container ships. He is often called upon to provide urgent advice in admiralty matters and to assist in negotiations with charterers, cargo interests and local bodies.

Joe has an in-depth knowledge of ship finance and related banking matters. He handles enforcement actions in many jurisdictions and regularly provides urgent advice on arrests, defaults and security structures. He has also acted in a number of super-yacht disputes for yards, yacht owners and yacht brokers. He advises on the contentious and non-contentious aspects of the super-yacht industry.

In addition to specialist shipping work, Joe works across a wide range of commercial disputes arising out of the marine and shipping sectors. These disputes relate to construction contracts, collateral management agreements, swaps and joint ventures.

  • Shipping litigation
  • Dispute resolution
  • Banking and financial services litigation

Late redelivery of a bulk carrier

Advising an American charterer on a high value late redelivery claim arising out of a failure by a shipowner to follow legitimate orders and the application of a “hire uplift” clause.

Explosion and fire on container ship

Assisting a Danish owner with the “live” situation following an explosion on-board a container ship in the Indian Ocean and handling negotiations and disputes with slot charterers and cargo interests.

Termination of time charter and withdrawal

Advising on the withdrawal of a bulk carrier from a time charter following a failure to pay hire by a charterer and the tendering of an unsafe cargo in Indonesia.

Bunker delivery disputes

Assisting shipowners and charterers on the issues arising out of the insolvency of the OW Bunkers group, the enforcement actions pursued by physical suppliers and possible liabilities facing OW Bunkers and ING, as assignor.

Container collapse in heavy weather

Working with a Korean shipowner following a container collapse in heavy weather in the Indian Ocean, advising on Hague Visby defences and managing situation with cargo interests and charterers.

Tanker demurrage and STS approvals

Handling a complex charterparty dispute relating to demurrage, deviation, incorrectly tendered claims and a failure to obtain approval for an STS transfer in UK waters.

More: Shipping litigation

Kazakh construction arbitration

Advising an American engineering company on a complex multi-jurisdictional dispute relating to the construction of a water treatment plant in Kazakhstan, freezing letters of credit and contractual termination issues.

Shipowner/charterer partnership arbitration

Working with an American charterer on a US$21 million dispute arising out of the collapse and termination of a partnership to share tonnage in relation to Australian grain exports.

Mauritanian agency dispute

Assisting a European operator of factory fishing trawlers in a dispute with local agents in Mauritania arising out of the impounding and arrest of vessels in West Africa.

Collateral management agreement litigation

Handling a substantial multi-party High Court dispute for a collateral manager arising out of the loss of coal at sites in Turkey.

More: Dispute resolution

Multi-jurisdictional swap dispute

Advising an American charterer on Commercial Court and foreign proceedings in relation to the suspension of payments under a swap and jurisdictional challenges.

Greek “bank holidays”

Advising a variety of Greek and London banks on the impact of the Greek “bank holidays” on interest periods, payment obligations and disputes with borrowers arising as a result.

Enforcing security for ship finance banks

Acting for a variety of ship finance banks seeking to enforce their security structures against borrowers and guarantors in many different jurisdictions.

More: Banking and financial services litigation

Latest news & insights

31 Dec 2014

From News

Media coverage: Tanker Operator magazine - STS transfers- a risky business

We look at the risks associated with STS transfers.


10 Nov 2014

From Insights

Media coverage: Shipping and Marine - Change is in the air

Cristan Evans and Joe Gosden discuss MARPOL and tighter restrictions on sulphur content for bunkers.


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