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Jai Sharma

Partner / Head of Cargo Casualty

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Jai Sharma

Jai Sharma

Partner / Head of Cargo Casualty

People

Jai Sharma

Jai Sharma

Partner / Head of Cargo Casualty

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Jai is the head of Clyde & Co's marine cargo casualty practice.

He focuses on marine casualty cases and recoveries, and is one of very few solicitors with extensive experience of salvage and GA claims from a cargo perspective. He has been involved in more than 300 marine casualties for cargo underwriters during his career.

Cases he has handled include a number of very significant reported English maritime cases, for example "OLYMPIC GALAXY", "NEW FLAME", "AQASIA", "EURASIAN DREAM" and "CMA CGM LIBRA" as well as reported cases in other jurisdictions, such as Singapore, India and the Marshall Islands.

Other notable casualties Jai has been involved in are the "MOL COMFORT", "MSC FLAMINIA", "HYUNDAI FORTUNE", "APL PANAMA", "YM GREEN", "HANJIN ITALY", "HEUNG-A DRAGON", "MAERSK SEOUL", "PANAMAX TRADER" and "MAERSK HONAM".

Jai is recognised by Legal 500 as a recommended lawyer for shipping in London and South East England and and has recently been recognised in Lloyd's List of the Top 10 maritime lawyers in 2020.

Experience
  • "AQASIA" – Led the UK High Court and Court of Appeal litigation for the successful insurers of the cargo. This is a key decision on the inapplicability of Hague Rules limitation to bulk cargo.
  • "HANJIN ITALY" – Advising insurers of 700+ containers of cargo on claims for General Average and recovery of losses against the colliding ship "AL GHARRAFA"
  • "MSC FLAMINIA" – Advising insurers on substantial claims for cargo loss and damage following a major fire on board a containership, during which several crew died, the ship was heavily damaged and at least 60% of the cargo on board was destroyed
  • "HEUNG-A DRAGON" – Defending claims for the salvage and general average of the surviving containers, and pursuing recovery for the loss of cargo following a collision between a container ship and a bulk carrier, following which only the on-deck cargo was salvaged and nearly all 600 containers were lost
  • "MOL COMFORT" – Advising multiple cargo insurers on the total loss of USD 300 million of cargo after "MOL COMFORT" broke in two, caught fire and sank in two sections, losing all 4,382 containers on board. This is the largest container vessel ever to be lost
  • "FLASH" – Advising insurers of a cargo of 125,000MT of coal in the defence of LOF salvage claims

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Expertise

Jai has 25 years' experience in the marine claims industry, and is responsible principally for Clyde & Co's marine cargo casualty business.

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