Shipping Focus – Spring 2014

Welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of Shipping Focus, the e-update from Thomas Cooper’s Shipping Group, in which you can review the latest legal developments in your area of shipping and keep up to date with Thomas Cooper’s news and forthcoming events.

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Thomas Cooper news

George Lambrou will be a course tutor in the first ever  “Introductory Course In International Arbitration” to be accredited by the Chartered Instituted of Arbitrators (CIArb) in Greece on Friday 16 May 2014.

This is a one day introductory course to be held at the Marine Club in Piraeus and is the first step to following the CIArb’s “Pathways to Fellowship” Programme. If you would like to register, please contact the CIArb European Branch directly by emailing

Thomas Cooper new joiner

Shipping Solicitor, Dimitris Anassis joined Thomas Cooper’s Piraeus office in February 2014.

Thomas Cooper events

  • The Thomas Cooper São Paulo office hosted a Commodities seminar on 3 April 2014 in São Paulo. Thomas Cooper speakers included Juan Alegre, Charles Williams, Richard Hawkins and Celso de Azevedo.  The seminar focussed on International Law of Sale, Finance and Shipping of Commodities.
  • The Thomas Cooper Piraeus office hosted a shipping seminar in Piraeus on 20 March 2014 at the Yacht Club in Greece. The seminar was very well attended with over 100 delegates. The theme was “All You Need To Know About English Law” and the Thomas Cooper speakers included head of Piraeus office, Douglas Bateson, partners, George Lambrou and Ioanna Vitta and new shipping solicitor Dimitris Anassis.


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About the contributors

  • George Lambrou Partner

    George is a Partner based in our offices in London and Piraeus. He specialises in international commercial disputes, with a focus on insurance, energy, maritime and trade. A practical, commercial lawyer, he has extensive experience in Russia, Ukraine

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  • Mark Sachs Partner

    Mark has a broad practice in shipping, commodity and commercial litigation. He has conducted (either as counsel or lead partner) arbitrations in London, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Stockholm. He also has considerable wet shipping experience.

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  • Ioanna Vitta Partner

    Ioanna is a partner based in our Piraeus office. She specialises in shipping litigation, with particular emphasis on charterparty and bill of lading problems, cargo claims, sale and purchase disputes and casualties.

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  • Dani Allan Solicitor

    Dani is an English solicitor working in the Paris office. Dani's presence in Paris assists the French team in providing a seamless service in English to Thomas Cooper's English speaking clients on all aspects of English and French maritime law. Dani

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  • Christophe Hunkeler Avocat

    Christophe is a partner in the shipping group of our Paris office. He handles all aspects of French maritime law and has particularly wide experience of disputes relating to ship arrest, maritime carriage and C/P disputes.

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