Sophie advises on a wide range of contentious shipping matters, disputes arising out of charterparties, bills of lading, ship building contracts, and contracts of affreightment. She also has experience advising on general average and salvage following marine incidents.
Sophie acts for P&I Clubs, shipowners and charterers, as well as cargo owners.
She regularly advises clients in LMAA Arbitrations and High Court proceedings. Her cases are often multi-jurisdictional aspects, which involve working closely with foreign lawyers in matters such as enforcement.
Sophie also has experience in advising clients in respect of non-contentious matters, such as ship sale and purchase, ship management and supply time contracts.
Prior to joining Clyde & Co, Sophie worked for another leading international law firm in their Shipping and International Trade team.
Sophie's recent experience includes:
Advising an oil major after an incident on-board a vessel following the conversion of the vessel from sulphur to bitumen;
Representing a vessel owner regarding claims for hire and possible termination of a charterparty following numerous breaches by the charterer;
Representing an oil major following the contamination of a cargo of fuel oil;
Representing a cargo owner in General Average and Salvage proceedings following the grounding of vessel;
Advising a vessel owner and their P&I Club following contamination of bulk cargo;
Advising a financial institute who had possession of the bills of lading following a default in a letter of credit, with regards to their claim for misdelivery of cargo.
Various other claims including, cargo contamination, cargo shortages, demurrage, detention, pilotage charges, AWRP, hire, stevedore damage, breach of LNG boil-off warranties, speed and performance warranties and bunker related disputes.