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Andrew Chamberlain
Partner at HFW


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, totalloss and wreck removal. He also advises on both civil and criminal pollution liabilities, marineinsurance coverage disputes and the full range of other shipping-related commercial andcontractual disputes. Andrew served at sea with the Royal Navy and also had a stint with theHong Kong Squadron. He left the Royal Navy in 1990 and joined HFW in 1994, having trained atRichards Butler (now Reed Smith). He was promoted to partner in 2003 and has been heavilyinvolved in many of the largest casualties of recent years, including "PELICAN 1" (2003), "BPTHUNDERHORSE" (2005), "MSC NAPOLI" (2007), "MSC CHITRA" (2010), "COSTA COCORDIA"(2012), "FLASH" (2012), "KULLUK" (2012), "SMART" (2013), "NORMAN ATLANTIC" (2014)"EASTERN AMBER" and "MAERSK SEOUL"(2015). Andrew lectures regularly on salvage, wreckremoval and casualty response and is an acknowledged expert in the field. He was chairman ofthe Lloyds Informa Salvage and Wreck Removal Conference in 2013.Andrew is recommended in Chambers 2015 for his work on salvage matters, with sourcescommenting: ""He is superb. He is very focused, he can see the wood for the trees, and he has avery commanding way about him." Others highlight his experience as a key strength, noting that"he always knows what is going on" in the market." Andrew is qualified in England and Wales.

Agenda Sessions

  • Chair's welcome

  • Chair's Opening Remarks

  • Chair's welcome and re-cap of day 1

  • Case study: the 'Sanchi'