Jeremy Russell (BA (Hons) business law; LLM (Lon)) is a highly experienced commercial barrister specialising in international commercial, shipping and aviation law. Having practised for 38 years he has now ceased taking on new work as counsel to focus on his practice as arbitrator and mediator. He carries with him into that task his skills in handling large, document-heavy cases requiring particular attention to detail and “his commercial mind” (Chambers UK). He has considerable experience of dealing with complex technical cases requiring an ability to master a range of engineering and scientific expert evidence.
He is particularly highly regarded for his experience and expertise in maritime and commercial arbitrations (LOF, LMAA, LCIA and ICC) and has recently been appointed the Lloyd’s salvage appeal arbitrator (with effect from October 2016). His work typically involves detailed consideration of the many and varied technical issues which arise in the field of maritime and air transport.
In 2018 Jeremy was given a lifetime achievement award at the Salvage & Wreck Conference.
His areas of experience include aviation and travel; collision, salvage and admiralty; dry shipping, commodities and transport; energy, shipbuilding and construction; commercial litigation; international arbitration; and mediation.
Jeremy was accredited as a mediator by CEDR in 2002 and has been appointed and acted as a mediator in various shipping matters.
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Jeremy has been practising extensively in Admiralty and Maritime Law for the last 37 years, with particular emphasis on collision cases. In 2018 he was given a lifetime achievement award at the Salvage and Wreck Conference.
Jeremy is one of the most experienced Admiralty silks currently in practice at the London Bar and is described by Chambers UK as a go-to silk for any wet shipping dispute. During the last 10 years he has been instructed in more than 25 collision cases, four of which have fought to judgment. As is common in collision cases, a number of issues concerning limitation of liability arose in some of those cases.
Jeremy also sits extensively as an Arbitrator and Mediator in collision cases.
Recently reported Collision cases:
Other areas of Jeremy expertise in Admiralty and Maritime Law include:
Jeremy has acted as counsel in various aviation disputes involving carriage of goods by air, engine damage, fuel contamination, damage to aircraft on the ground resulting from collision, the correct interpretation of aircraft operating manuals, sale and lease-back dipsutes and airframe and engine maintenance issues. He has also acted as ICC arbitrator in several disputes involving passenger jet fleet maintenance contracts.
He has recently acted for an air carrier in a lengthy arbitration chaired by Lord Hoffman arising out of a mid-air collision.
Dry shipping and commodities work comprises a significant part of Jeremy’s practice and he has for some years been recommended in Shipping by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. He is frequently instructed in charterparty, bill of lading and ship-sale disputes of all types, involving cargo damage, unseaworthiness, due diligence, ISM, off-hire, withdrawal, alleged unsafe ports, bunker contamination, demurrage and detention, cancellation, faulty repair, title, risk, rejection– and the many and varied issues (relating to matters such as jurisdiction, security and proper law) which may arise in connection with them.
He is particularly adept at difficult issues of contractual construction; technical disputes requiring an ability to master engineering and scientific expert evidence; and cases requiring a good knowledge and understanding of ships and seamanship.
Recently he has acted: for a charterer who alleged frustration of the charter by government action; for owners alleging breach of charter following an explosion and fire in the cargo; for owners alleged to be in breach of charter for failing to load a cargo of copra expellers which the master claimed was too hot load safely; for owners, in respect of letters of indemnity; for charterers, in respect of an allegedly unsafe port.
He is presently acting in several large unsafe port cases (one on behalf of owners and another on behalf of charterers).
Reported cases in this area include:
Jeremy has wide experience in shipbuilding disputes, having acted for both yards and buyers. On the offshore side, he has experience of rig construction, operation and repair.
The Shipbuilding matters on which Jeremy has acted and advised have included issues of:
In addition to his shipping and aviation work, Jeremy is also instructed in other substantial commercial disputes, one of the most interesting being to advise a formula 1 racing team as to the proper construction of the F1 Concord Agreement and in respect of disputed television rights.
Arbitration is the chosen forum in the majority of the matters on which Jeremy acts or advises. Many of those disputes come before LOF and LMAA panels, but Jeremy also has considerable experience of other arbitral procedures, including the ICC and the LCIA. In 2008 he was instructed in matters due to go to arbitration in Singapore. In addition, he is regularly appointed arbitrator – primarily in shipping and aviation disputes – and has been appointed in both LCIA and ICC references, as well as on an ad hoc basis.
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