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Tom Rodd

T: + 44 20 7809 2553 M: + 44 7769 141 850 Email Tom | Vcard Office: London


Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Tom Rodd Associate

Contact details

Tom Rodd

Tom Rodd

T: + 44 20 7809 2553 M: + 44 7769 141 850 Email Tom | Vcard Office: London

Tom is a marine and international trade expert specialising in commodities and shipping, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters. He was seconded to the commodities department of an investment bank in Singapore, which provided a unique insight into the sector.
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Tom has acted for a range of international clients including investment banks, mines and other producers, commodities traders, end-users, charterers, shipowners and marine insurers.

He has experience of a wide range of commodities such as rice, concrete, iron ore, coal, crude oil, petroleum products and agricultural products, such as sugar and cocoa beans.

In the commodities sector, his experience includes drafting and advising on sale contracts, floating storage agreements, ISDAs, letters of credit, bills of lading, charterparties and related contracts. In the shipping sector, Tom has drafted and advised on pooling arrangements and all types of charterparties. This has included tankers, bulk carriers and heavy lift vessels.

Particular transactional experience includes drafting sale contract general terms and conditions, freight service agreements and complex "repo" and other trade finance contracts.

A commercial approach was developed from a period in-house for an investment bank in Singapore, where Tom supported a number of desks, including freight (wet and dry), crude oil and petroleum products, agricultural products, iron ore, coal and trade finance.

Tom has lived and worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China, gaining a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. He previously worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

  • Marine casualty response
  • Commodities
  • Marine and international trade
  • Shipping litigation

Advised on the grounding of a ship in the approach channel to Douala, Cameroon, which raised issues of port safety, the cause of the grounding and off-hire.

Advised on the interaction of admiralty jurisdiction and insolvency jurisdiction, where shipping companies have filed for insolvency in different jurisdictions.

Advised on arrests in a large number of different jurisdictions.

Drafted various commodities contracts from the "plain vanilla" sale to the more "exotic" trade finance and "repo" structures. These have included milk powder and cocoa beans.

Advised on a complex multi-party sale contract dispute in the Commercial Court. This involved issues of the finality of quality certificates and the calculation of losses.

Advised a large miner on declaring force majeure under various coal sale contracts due to labour negotiations in South America.

More: Commodities

Advising on various charterparty disputes and sale contract disputes.

Drafting sale contracts and charterparties.

Advising a German insolvency administrator on claims made against the estate and debt recovery from third party debtors under various charterparties.

More: Marine and international trade

Advising on a time charter dispute relating to the grounding of a vessel in Douala, Cameroon.

Advising on a breach of the duration estimate in a time charter trip. The dispute also gave rise to a complex final hire statement dispute.

Advising on a contract of carriage dispute that gave rise to a complex law and jurisdiction issue resulting from the incorporation of terms into the bill of lading.

More: Shipping litigation


Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

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09 Mar 2017

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Hot topic: Commodities litigation

Commodities and shipping lawyer Tom Rodd contributes to a roundtable discussion on commodities litigation published by Corporate Disputes magazine ("Hot Topic: Commodi..


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