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Owen Fry

T: +44 20 7809 2262 M: +44 7584 170 277 Email Owen | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Owen Fry Associate

Contact details

Owen Fry

Owen Fry
Associate

T: +44 20 7809 2262 M: +44 7584 170 277 Email Owen | Vcard Office: London

A shipping litigation specialist with experience in a broad range of maritime matters including charterparty disputes, cargo claims and enforcement proceedings. Owen has advised both major players and smaller independent firms operating in various sectors of the shipping industry with a particular focus on dry-bulk, tanker and LNG trades.
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Owen’s work covers the full range of dry shipping disputes and has included advising on the shipping aspects of a major corporate transaction. He has particular experience of handling charterparty disputes, especially those arising out of casualties and vessel detentions. 

He has worked with owners and charterers in various industry sectors, including container, dry bulk and oil/products. Much of his work has been for operators in the LNG trade. Through this experience he has developed an in-depth understanding of the particular difficulties that owners, charterers and cargo interests face in this sector.

With a background in general commercial and civil fraud litigation, Owen is well placed to guide clients through the process of enforcing rights against evasive and uncooperative parties. He has built on this expertise in acting for a leading container shipping line operator in a long standing dispute with Hong Kong freight forwarders, defending his client against fraudulent claims brought in China and protecting its position in multi-jurisdictional proceedings. 

Owen has assisted in navigating clients and their P&I and defence clubs through proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as in ad-hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under LMAA, LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules.
   
  • Shipping litigation
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Container shipping line – defence of cargo misdelivery claims worth US$30 million

Claims issued in China in respect allegedly misdelivered containers. Applications for anti-suit and freezing orders were granted and claims for breach of exclusive jurisdiction clause succeeded in Court of Appeal.

LNG vessel charterer – off-hire dispute

Acting for owners of LNG vessel which went off-hire following an explosion on board led to claims for loss of profit requiring analysis of a chain of LNG supply contracts. 

Container shipping line – advice on shipping aspects of a merger

Advised on shipping aspects of a merger between two leading international container line operators, involving an in depth review of a range of charterparties, agency and terminal agreements and VSAs. 

Bulk vessel operator – deadfreight claims

Assisting a major bulk shipping operator who is party to a long-term COA with significant deadfreight claims on each shipment due to failure to load to guaranteed minimum draft. 

Bulk vessel operator – termination of shipbuilding contract, demand for refund 

Guided our client through the process of terminating a shipbuilding contract following insolvency of the yard and making a claim under a refund guarantee from a Chinese bank. 
 
More: Shipping litigation

Bulk vessel charterer – off-hire and claims for breach of charterparty

Acted for a party in the middle of a charterparty chain in off-hire and damages claims following a fire on board the vessel whilst discharging cargo in Jordan. 

Cement vessel owner – recovery of hire

Advising owners of a fleet of cement carriers following deductions from hire and pursuing recovery through arbitration.

Oil tanker operator – demurrage claims

Acting for disponent owners of a crude oil tanker in claims for demurrage following delays caused by inaccurate cargo quantities in bill of lading.

More: International arbitration
  • Shipowners and operators

Container shipping line – potential claims under bunker contracts

Advising on claims faced by charterers of vessels which had received supplies of fuel from OW Bunkers following its insolvency.

Cement vessel owner – recovery of hire

Advising owners of a fleet of cement carriers following deductions from hire and pursuing recovery through arbitration.

Oil tanker operator – demurrage claims

Acting for disponent owners of a crude oil tanker in claims for demurrage following delays caused by inaccurate cargo quantities in bill of lading. 

More: Shipowners and operators
 

Awards

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

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