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Andrew Chamberlain

Partner and Mariner


Friary Court
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE
United Kingdom

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Andrew is a former Royal Navy officer and specialises in "wet" shipping cases, including salvage (acting for salvors, as well owners and their underwriters), collisions, fire and explosion, total loss and wreck removal. He also advises on both civil and criminal pollution liabilities, marine insurance coverage disputes and the full range of other shipping-related commercial and contractual disputes. Andrew served at sea with the Royal Navy and also had a stint with the Hong Kong Squadron. He left the Royal Navy in 1990 and joined HFW in 1994, having trained at Richards Butler (now Reed Smith). He was promoted to partner in 2003 and has been heavily involved in many of the largest casualties of recent years, including "PELICAN 1" (2003), "BP THUNDERHORSE" (2005), "MSC NAPOLI" (2007), "MSC CHITRA" (2010), "Costa Concordia" (2012), "FLASH" (2012), "KULLUK" (2012), "SMART" (2013), "NORMAN ATLANTIC" (2014) and "EASTERN AMBER" (2015). Andrew lectures regularly on salvage, wreck removal and casualty response and is an acknowledged expert in the field.


Andrew is consistently ranked in the top tier for Shipping in Chambers and Legal 500 for his "wealth of experience in admiralty matters" (Chambers UK 2012).

Andrew is qualified in England and Wales.

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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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