Claims & Legal

The rising cost and complexity of legal disputes means that in-house legal departments are overburdened and those without in-house expertise are forced to seek ever more costly external assistance. At CTRL, we recognise these difficulties and can offer claims and legal services at favourable rates. For Members of the Shipowners’ Club this rate is further discounted in line with the Club’s mutual ethos.

CTRL is authorised by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority to provide legal advice and representation on a range of English law shipping claims and disputes, including:

  • Charterparties
  • Cargo claims and contracts of carriage
  • Shipbuilding contracts
  • Ship sale and purchase Memoranda of Agreement
  • Shipmanagement contracts
  • Personal injury
  • Debt recovery

We are also able to provide contract review and drafting work. We act for both Members and non Members of the Shipowners’ Club, whether claims are covered or not covered by insurance.

Our Claims & Legal team is led by Helen McCormick. Helen joined CTRL from Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, where she started as a trainee solicitor in 2006. After qualifying as a solicitor in 2008, Helen specialised in shipping litigation, particularly “dry” disputes involving charterparties, cargo, shipbuilding contracts and MOAs. Helen is an experienced handler of London arbitrations, mediations and High Court litigation.

Personal injury claims are dealt with by Jane Ward. Jane has many years of experience as a personal injury solicitor in the maritime sector. She was a founding partner of specialist marine firm Davies Johnson & Co and its managing partner for 16 years, and  undertakes primarily defendant personal injury work with most instructions coming to her via the International Group P&I clubs. Although all the claims which she handles involve some aspect of English law or jurisdiction, many of the claims involve consideration of issues of foreign law and jurisdiction and seeking contributions or indemnities from third parties.

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