Neeraj Melwani Associate

Neeraj is an associate in the firm's marine and international trade department with a focus on shipping and insurance disputes.
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Neeraj is a shipping and insurance associate and has worked on a wide-range of complex, high-value, cross-border litigation in the English High Court and arbitration disputes under LMAA, SCMA and CMAC rules.

His shipping practice is broad and covers both wet and dry work. He has advised clients in complex contractual disputes arising under bills of lading, charterparties, ship sale agreements and in tortious disputes arising out of vessel collisions, allisions and groundings. He has also provided sanctions advice to a broad range of clients in respect the impact on their business of international sanctions imposed against various countries by the UN, UK and EU.

His insurance practice has focused on both marine and non-marine insurance and has advised (re)insurance clients on multi-jurisdiction reinsurance disputes under H&M, P&I, D&O, BBB and political risk (re)insurance policies working closely with cedants, brokers and local counsel in the process. He has also worked on professional liability matters with a particular focus on claims arising from solicitors’ negligence.

He is a native Spanish speaker and has significant experience working on international matters across multiple languages, taking evidence and conducting proceedings in both English and Spanish.

  • Marine and international trade

B v J; B v C

Acting for two Peruvian entities of a global seafood and fishing enterprise in respect of a US$14 million LMAA arbitration dispute concerning the transfer of a fishing vessel and involving allegations of fraud and sham, and an associated US$50 million CMAC arbitration in the PRC involving related guarantee and indemnity claims.

C v Y

Acting for owners and their P&I insurers in a US$50 million claim concerning the interaction between the wash of a passing vessel at a berth in Brazil.

C v UB; UB v B

Acting to defend owners (up the line) and charterers (down the line) in a claim for deductions of hire for alleged breaches of charterparty speed and performance warranties.

MM v GH

Acting for owners and their H&M and P&I insurers in respect of a collision off Busan, South Korea.

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