Douglas Bateson


Emergency Response


Douglas is the head of our Piraeus office. He specialises in all aspects of wet and dry shipping and is a key member of our Emergency Response team. Douglas has experience of a wide variety of shipping problems, from withdrawal and hire disputes, to cargo claims, groundings, fires and total losses. In addition, he has considerable experience in banking.

Work Highlights

  • PLATINUM / LA MASQUERADE – Tanker with super yacht collision at Curacao
  • ALEXANDROS T – Sinking and jurisdictional issue
  • CREDA – Five ship collision
  • KRATEROS – Grounding off Vancouver
  • MASTROGIORGIS – Grounding off Denmark
  • MOBIL PETROL – Catastrophic failure of bulk heads in tanker.


Douglas became a partner in 1989 after joining the firm as an articled clerk in 1983. He is fluent in Spanish and French and a member of the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce in Athens. Douglas read law at the University of Manchester.

"He has years of experience in the market and his contribution to all cases is extremely valuable."
Chambers Global, 2019
Douglas Bateson praised for his "in-depth legal knowledge coupled with an understanding of commercial considerations."
Legal 500, 2018
Douglas Bateson heads the Greek practice and plays a leading role in diverse shipping litigation and arbitration topics. He often acts for shipowners on demurrage, charterparty and fraudulent bills of lading cases, with further standout mandates acting for insurers on high-profile UK casualty claims. Clients praise his ability to "keep the case focused on the main issues." 
2017 Global Chambers
Douglas Bateson has a key role in the firm’s emergency response team and is experienced in handling cargo claims, groundings, fires and total losses”.    
2016 Chambers UK
KEY INDIVIDUAL: Department head Douglas Bateson is a well-known name in Greek shipping litigation, particularly for his advice to P&I clubs. He recently advised in proceedings concerning limitation of liability following a collision with another vessel..."
Chambers Europe, 2015
Piraeus office head Douglas Bateson's "thorough advice and experience" are praised by sources. Bateson is part of the established casualty response team and advises on wet and dry shipping matters..."
Chambers and Partners, Global 2014