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 Petrospot presents a series of focussed discussions among leading industry experts on key bunkering issues




Debate held on the 19 May 2020





  • Bethan Bradley

    Beth Bradley
    Partner, Shipping Team, Hill Dickinson

    Beth Bradley joined our London office as a partner in the marine business group in May 2019. Prior to that, she was a legal director in the marine and international trade group at Clyde & Co LLP in London. Beth is listed by The Legal 500 as a leading individual/ ‘Next Generation Lawyer’, who is ‘good on the interplay between shipping and insolvency’, and as a ‘notable practitioner in shipping in South Korea’ by Chambers & Partners.

    Beth has a strong reputation and specialises in commercial dispute resolution with particular expertise in the shipping, shipbuilding/offshore, commodities and marine insurance sectors. She regularly advises first class shipowners, shipbuilders and P&I clubs. She also advises blue chip Asian and multinational companies and trading houses in relation to their commercial agreements and disputes.

    Beth represents clients from numerous jurisdictions, including major South Korean shipowners and shipbuilders whom she has successfully represented for over 15 years.

    Beth also has extensive experience of advising in relation to South Korean rehabilitation proceedings and the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations.

    Beth handles high value, multi-party and multi-jurisdictional litigation and has extensive experience of international arbitrations in various forums, including ICC, LCIA and LMAA and litigation in the Commercial and Mercantile Courts, Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court in London.


  • Andrew Preston

    Andrew Preston
    Partner, Preston Turnbull

    Andrew acts for a wide range of international banks, corporates and trade houses on all types of commercial litigation disputes. Andrew specialises in general commercial litigation, shipping and trading disputes. Over twenty five years, he has acted for a large number of corporates, oil majors, shipowners, insurers, charterers, operators, suppliers and cargo interests and their insurers both nationally and internationally. He has litigated in every level of Commercial Court up to the Supreme Court on two occasions (Datec –v– UPS and The Far Service). Throughout his career he has applied his skills to find commercial solutions for clients.

    Andrew has been rated by the directories as one of the leading shipping lawyers for many years acting for a wide range of shipowners, trading houses, charterers and their insurers. One client in the Directories said "Probably the best lawyer for head on the block advice. Andrew Preston exercises sound judgment as a gift simplifying even the most complex problems".

    He steered Clyde & Co as the Global Head of Shipping for over a decade taking it to a tier 1 ranking.

    Andrew is recognised as one of the leading lawyers in the world at liabilities arising out of bunker/fuel supply disputes. He was involved, together with James Kennedy, in the new Bimco bunker contracts and centrally involved in all of the major bunker events over the last years including the OW collapse, the collapse of Hanjin and the Houston problems of 2018. He is advising many industry figures in relation to 2020 issues and the forthcoming sulphur caps.

  • J. Stephen Simms

    J. Stephen Simms
    Partner, Simms Shower

    A leading maritime lawyer, Steve is extensively involved in bunker quality disputes, including the recent Houston-Panama-Singapore quality claims situation.

    He advises leading bunker traders, suppliers and brokers on the many issues arising in advance of 2020, including important revisions to sales terms and conditions, bunker delivery receipts, and sound credit and recovery planning.

    A prolific speaker, writer and instructor on issues important to the industry, he also chairs IBIA’s Legal and Ethics Working Groups and is a past member of IBIA’s Board.

  • Harald Søndergaard

    Harald Søndergaard
    Attorney-at-Law, Hafnia Law Firm

    Mr Søndergaard was born in 1986 and obtained his LLB degree in 2010 from Aarhus University.

    From 2011 to 2012 he studied at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and he obtained his LLM degree from Aarhus University in 2012 when he also joined Hafnia Law Firm in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    He was admitted to the High Court of Denmark in 2015 and works within all areas of shipping law with particular emphasis on bunker contracts, bunker disputes and ship arrests. He is president of the Danish branch of Young CMI.




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