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.