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John Simpson

T: +65 6622 9565 Email John | Vcard Office: Singapore

John Simpson Partner

Contact details

John Simpson

John Simpson

T: +65 6622 9565 Email John | Vcard Office: Singapore

Recognised expert in shipping, offshore oil and gas and international trade for dispute resolution and the drafting of commercial agreements.
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John is a Director of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, a member of the Advisory Board to the National University of Singapore Centre for Maritime Law and a Committee Member of the Maritime Law Association of Singapore.

As a recognised expert in charterparty law, John was appointed to the Singapore Maritime Foundation drafting committee for the Singapore Time Charter Form, which eventually evolved into the new NYPE 2015 charterparty form. John has also advised GlobalORE on revisions to the Standard Iron Ore Trading Agreement (SIOTA). John advises on drafting and negotiation of shipbuilding contracts, charterparties, bills of lading, MOAs and associated disputes. John also has particular expertise in the drafting and negotiation of transhipment project contracts.

John acts mainly for contractors in the offshore oil and gas sector and has advised on charterparties and construction contracts for FPSOs, FSRUs, drilling rigs, production platforms and offshore support vessels as well as advising on subsea construction disputes. John has assisted clients with tender processes, bids and negotiation of final contracts as well as disputes occurring during the running of the project.

John advises traders on potential disputes arising out of letters of credit, bills of lading, charterparties and contracts for the international sale of goods, particularly coal, iron ore, oil, LPG, LNG and LME metals. John has also advised on the drafting of long term contracts for the sale of LNG and on sale and repurchase transactions.

  • International trade
  • Oil and gas
  • Shipping


Advising GlobalORE on revisions to the Standard Iron Ore Trading Agreement (SIOTA).

LNG supplier

Advising an LNG supplier on pro forma medium term contracts for the supply of LNG between ports on both DES and FOB bases.

LPG trader

Advising an LPG trader on the contractual consequences of an explosion on board its chartered LPG carrier, including sale contract, bill of lading, general average and associated contractual disputes and recovery issues from the date of the incident through to successful resolution of the matter.

More: International trade

Construction of an FSRU

Advising the buyers on the drafting and negotiation of a contract for the construction of an FSRU and later advising the same buyers on contracts for the construction of various LNG Carriers.

FSRU provider

Advising an FSRU provider on the drafting and negotiation of the vessel O&M contract for provision of an FSRU into an Asian FSRU project.

Subsea construction company

Advising a subsea construction company in relation to disputes arising out of the installation of risers in a project offshore Indonesia.


Advising reinsurers in connection with an oil well blowout in Indonesia, resulting from issues relating to an earthquake which occurred during drilling activities.

Contractor dispute

Advising a contractor in connection with a dispute for a nine figure sum in relation to the construction of a semi-submersible floating production platform.

Gas field operator

Advising a gas field operator on a project relating to the construction and employment of ice class vessels, including assisting with the drafting of documents for the tender package and advising during the tendering process.

More: Oil and gas


Advising the charterers in relation to a dispute arising out of the withdrawal of the vessel Li Hai for non-payment of hire (see The "Li Hai" - Western Bulk Carriers K/S v. Li Hai Maritime Inc [2005] 2 Lloyd's Law Rep. 389).

Major shipowner

Advising a major shipowner on various disputes (running into hundreds of millions of dollars) arising out of FFA contracts (OTC and cleared) following the global financial crisis.

Port logistics company

Advising a port logistics company on various contracts for loading vessels with iron ore, coal and bauxite and for the movement of these commodities between berths and within ports in various geographical locations, including Indonesia, India, Dubai, East and West Africa.

More: Shipping

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02 May 2019

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Shipping litigation and arbitration expert John Simpson joins Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance

Law firm Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has strengthened its marine and international trade practice with the appointment of John Simpson as partner.


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