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Paul Hofmeyr

T: +44 20 7809 2233 M: +44 7803 455 032 Email Paul | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Paul Hofmeyr Associate

Contact details

Paul Hofmeyr

Paul Hofmeyr
Associate

T: +44 20 7809 2233 M: +44 7803 455 032 Email Paul | Vcard Office: London

Paul has wide ranging experience of contentious and non-contentious matters within the energy, insurance, transport and shipbuilding sectors. He has acted for a number of clients in high value disputes involving international litigation and arbitration and is valued for his clear advice and attention to detail. 
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Paul specialises in dispute resolution and has advised energy companies, shipowners, trading houses, commodities producers, charterers and hedge funds on a number of multi-jurisdictional matters spanning Europe, West Africa, Asia and South America.

Paul also has broad experience in acting for international insurers, reinsurers and insureds on subrogated actions and coverage disputes; his most recent matters involving H&M, war risks, energy package policies and D&O liabililty.

In addition to acting in an advisory capacity, Paul has assisted in successfully obtaining interim relief for clients and bringing document heavy matters to their conclusion either by way of Mediation or before a range of arbitral tribunals (most commonly LMAA, LCIA and UNCITRAL), the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and recently the Supreme Court.

In terms of non-contentious exposure, Paul is accustomed to advising on general commercial contracts, but has also assisted with the financing, sale and leasing of a variety of assets.

Having lived and worked in Africa and Singapore, Paul's international experience extends beyond the matters he has worked on.

  • Dispute resolution

International arbitration - LMAA

Acting for a German shipowner against a major Chinese shipbuilder in a $36 million international arbitration claim for the reimbursement of instalments under a shipbuilding contract following the repudiation and early termination of the same.

Arbitration – LCIA

Acting for a director in bringing a claim under a D&O insurance policy for the costs of defending allegations brought against him in a high profile US antitrust case.

High Court litigation

Acting for one of Europe’s leading hedge funds in a $35 million High Court claim involving allegations of breach of warranty under a share purchase agreement and fraud. 

Interim relief 

Acting for a leading hedge fund in successfully bringing a heavy anti-suit injunction application before the High Court in relation to vexatious proceedings commenced in Kenya.

Interim relief

Acting for London Market insurers in successfully obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction so as to provide them with security for an appeal.

Court of Appeal litigation

Acting for a syndicate of London Market and French insurers in successfully bringing a $30 million appeal against a High Court judgment concerning the constructive total loss of a vessel following its confiscation by the Venezuelan authorities as a result of it being used to smuggle drugs.

Supreme Court litigation

Successfully defending an appeal to the Supreme Court on behalf of London Market and French insurers and securing a landmark judgment concerning the correct interpretation of longstanding Institute War Clauses (and relevant case law) including the customs infringement exclusion and the meaning of ‘malicious’ within the insurance context. 

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  • Offshore
  • Marine insurance
  • Oil and gas
  • International trade

Business interruption claim

Advising a lead insurer on a business interruption claim of up to £40 million under an energy package policy. The claim related to loss of production at an FPSO operating offshore West Africa.

Drilling rig dispute – UNCITRAL arbitration

Advising a large South American state-owned oil and gas company in a high value dispute relating to an ongoing drilling contract.

Defects liability insurance

Advising leading offshore contractor on a defects liability insurance policy in relation to the installation of an offshore wind farm in the North Sea costing approximately US$1 billion.  

More: Offshore

War risk – detention of vessels

Acting for leading London Market and French insurers on a claim relating to the detention of a vessel in Venezuela. The litigation, which went all the way to the Supreme Court, involved consideration of the correct interpretation of the longstanding institute war clauses (and relevant case law) including the customs infringement exclusion and the meaning of ‘malicious’ within the insurance context.

Marine hull insurance

Successfully recovering a loss of up to US$2 million under a marine hull insurance policy on behalf of one of the world’s largest dry bulk shipping companies. The claim related to the breakdown of a vessel’s generators.

Marine hull reinsurance – High Court

Successfully representing a leading Indian reinsurer in defending (a) a US$2.2 million High Court claim brought by a ceding insurer in relation to the total loss of a livestock carrier, and (b) other claims brought in the German Courts in relation to two vessels, one that had run aground and the other that had been involved in a collision.

Broker – Breach of warranty of authority/ professional negligence

Advising broker in respect of defending a US$1.2 million claim brought in the Belgium and UK Courts.

More: Marine insurance

Business interruption claim

Advising a lead insurer on a business interruption claim of up to £40 million under an energy package policy. The claim related to loss of production at an FPSO operating offshore West Africa.

Drilling rig dispute – UNCITRAL arbitration

Advising a large South American state-owned oil and gas company in a dispute relating to an ongoing drilling contract.

AIM IPO of Eland Oil & Gas Plc

Part of team that advised Eland Oil & Gas Plc on its £118 million placing as part of its IPO and the related acquisition of a 45% interest in Nigerian OML 40 from Shell, Total and Eni through Eland's joint venture with its local partner Starcrest.

Mercuria Energy Trading 

Part of the team acting for Mercuria in their successful defence of a headline-making US$270 million claim by Citibank, relating to “repo” deals affected by a major metals warehousing fraud in China.

Ferry disaster

Advising on a ferry collision in West Africa involving loss of life and the development of a humanitarian fund.

OW Bunkers

Part of the team advising an International Group P&I Club in relation to the insolvency of the OW Bunkers group.

Major ship fire in Angola

Advising a major US corporation and its insurer in relation to allegations that the corporation's product caused a major fire on board a vessel.

Awards

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

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