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Gerard qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and joined MFB in 1997. He specialises in shipping and trading related disputes and regularly represents ship-owners and charterers and their insurers and also international trading companies in London arbitrations, the highest English Courts, and mediations. Perhaps, more importantly, he advises clients on how to avoid having disputes.
He was recommended as being 'staggeringly dedicated' by Legal 500 2015 UK Guide and is a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 2020 rankings.
Gerard’s recent cases have included:
large cargo claims in China
main engine breakdown disputes with related cargo and charter liabilities
numerous crane damage claims
off-spec bunkers claims
disputes with shipyards about delays/cancellations
large oil cargo contamination claims
LOI related problems in China
Unpaid hires and demurrages
Notable cases include:
The “Ocean Victory”  – UK Supreme Court – represented Japanese charterers in successful defence of substantial unsafe port claim.
The “Golden Victory”  – UK Supreme Court - represented Japanese charterers in successful appeals in what is now regarded as the seminal case in English law of damages for breach of contract.
The “Bao Yue”  – Commercial Court – successful defence to claim against owners for conversion of cargo discharged into storage in China and first order by English Court for delivery up of original bills of lading
The “Tychy” No.1  & No.2  – Court of Appeal – leading case on the in rem jurisdiction - arrest for slot charter claim – and rectification of commercial agreement.
Azov Shipping Co -v- Baltic Shipping Co. No.1, No.2 & No.3  – the first reported cases under the English Arbitration Act 1996 on appeal from an award on jurisdiction and the legal test for the awarding security for costs
The “Kaliningrad” and “Nadezhda Krupskaya”  – tortious interference with charterparty”
Trained England and Wales; qualified 1992; partner MFB 2000 to date