Clive Thorp specialises in shipping with particular emphasis on charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, sale and purchase, commodity disputes, as well as marine insurance and reinsurance matters both in the Commercial Court and arbitration.
He regularly lectures to the maritime profession in London for Lloyds Maritme Academy on Time Charters and generally on the legal aspects of freezing orders, Incoterms, ship brokers' commission, privilege against self incrimination, limitation of liability, and utmost good faith.. After qualifying in 1976, Clive worked as an assistant solicitor at Holman Fenwick & Willan. He then joined Clyde & Co where he was a partner for 18 years before joining BLG as a consultant in 2001.
Major cases he has worked on include Sonangol v Lundquist -the privilege against self incrimination and the notable MOA dispute Thoresen Bangkok Ltd v Fathom Marine & Others on 'subject details' under a Norweigan sale from 1993. He has had various articles published in the legal press to include a paper on damages following the Achilleas.