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John McNeilly

T: +65 6622 9656 M: +65 9336 5795 Email John | Vcard Office: Singapore


Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

John McNeilly Associate

Contact details

John McNeilly

John McNeilly

T: +65 6622 9656 M: +65 9336 5795 Email John | Vcard Office: Singapore

John is a disputes lawyer. He specializes in international arbitration and litigation in the shipbuilding, offshore construction, commodities and shipping sectors.
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John's work is focused on disputes arising out of shipbuilding and offshore construction contracts, commodities sale and purchase contracts, charterparties and bills of lading. John frequently acts for commodity traders, banks, shipyards, vessel owners and charterers and P&I clubs.

John has extensive experience of arbitral proceedings commenced under various institutions' rules, in particular the SIAC, LMAA, SCMA and DIAC, and has handled matters before the High Court in London.

John has also spent seven months on secondment to a major commodity trading company.

  • Shipping litigation
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Shipbuilding and offshore construction

Non-delivery of Indonesian Coal

Advising a Japanese seller on its defence of an SIAC claim for non-delivery.

Cargo Contamination

Advising a Norwegian tanker owner on the defence of a US$2,700,000 London arbitration claim.

Recovering unpaid yacht hire

Advising a Greek yacht owner on a charterer's potential diplomatic and sovereign immunity, obtaining security in the Netherlands and applying to the English courts for arbitral appointments. Recovering the full amount due.

Crane damage dispute

Acting for a US bulker owner in LMAA proceedings against a charterer.

Acting for banks in relation to the collapse of Hanjin Shipping

Advising on the recovery of vessels from various jurisdictions, arranging judicial or private sales of those vessels, dealing with creditors and settling their claims against the vessels.

OW Bunkers' insolvency

Advising physical bunker suppliers on recovering sums due in respect of various vessels, including on the arrest of one of the vessels in Tunisia.

Offshore insolvency

Acting for a bank on the recovery of vessels from an insolvent offshore services specialist.

More: Restructuring and insolvency

Late delivery under a shipbuilding contract

Acting for a Greek buyer, against a Chinese shipyard and refund guarantor, in its LMAA claims for recovery of payment instalments. Enforcing the arbitration awards under the NY Convention and recovering US$25 million.

Refit agreement

Acting in High Court proceedings for the owner of a cruise ship in relation to a dispute with an Italian shipyard arising under a refit agreement.

Injunction against refund guarantor

Obtaining an anti-suit injunction for the buyer of the ship, to restrain a bank from pursuing a declaration from the Chinese courts that a refund guarantee was void.

Termination of rig construction contracts

Advising a shipyard on its entitlement to terminate two rig construction contracts, each worth US$200 million, and its potential remedies, including under guarantees issued in respect of the buyer's performance.

Advisory shipbuilding work

Advising buyers and shipyards on the terms of contracts and guarantees for the construction of vessels including FPSOs, container carriers and power barges.

More: Shipbuilding and offshore construction


Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

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