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David Morriss



Friary Court
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE
United Kingdom

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David specialises in "dry" shipping disputes, including charterparty and bills of lading claims; shipbuilding disputes; general average; groundings; unsafe ports; the enforcement of English judgments and awards in foreign jurisdictions. David acts for a variety of owners, charterers, shipyards and cargo interests, most of whom are based in India, Singapore, Dubai and Scandinavia.

He has recently acted for the successful owners of the Channel Ranger in a dispute concerning a cargo of coal that went to the Court of Appeal in late 2014. He has also recently acted for the successful owners of the mv "Vine" who claimed in excess of US$5 million demurrage from their charterers and a Chinese Steel mill. The High Court's decision breaks ground in two areas: first, in extending the doctrine of unsafe ports and berths, and second in confirming that the Court will not shy away from enforcing Chinese guarantees, notwithstanding that they have been issued in breach of the SAFE regulations.

David is co-editor of the HFW Shipping Bulletin. David has written and delivered papers on hedging and its effect on damages; and on enforcement issues at the World Shipping Forum in Chennai (on invitation by India Cements). He has also delivered papers on laytime and demurrage; hull damage; off hire; speed and performance; bills of lading; group litigation orders; unsafe ports; force majeure clauses; double banking clauses and on trading coal and petcoke.

David is recommended for Shipping by Chambers 2012.


The London office is the firm's largest, with over 250 lawyers.

It offers the full range of services that HFW provides globally, with partners from the London office working closely with all the other HFW offices, as well as in many jurisdictions around the world. HFW moved to its current premises in September 2008, having previously been in nearby Lloyds Avenue for almost 100 years.

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