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Andrew Preston

Partner, London


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Andrew joined Clyde & Co in 1994 and became a partner in May 2000. Qualified in England and Hong Kong, he specialises in general commercial litigation, shipping and trading disputes.

Legal 500 have described him as follows:- “Probably the best lawyer for head on the block advice, Andrew Preston exercises sound judgment and has a gift of simplifying even the most complex problems.” Andrew has been recognised by Legal 500 as one of the notable individuals at Clyde & Co and clients describe him as “outstanding”.

His shipping experience covers all aspects of Charterparty and Bill of Lading disputes in which he acts for a variety of corporations, oil majors, shipowners, P&I insurers, time charterers, bunker suppliers, cargo interests and their insurers nationally and internationally. Over the 20 years, Andrew has been litigating major cases, he has gained wide experience of Court litigation from Commercial Court through all appellate levels and arbitration work within LMAA, GAFTA, LCIA and ICC.

Andrew is an expert in multimodal transport disputes acting for a number of the world’s largest through transport and port terminal insurers. Chambers recently described Andrew as “Top Notch”. Andrew Preston is more focused on shipping issues but his general transport work has also attracted the attention of clients who say he “listens carefully to our needs and then translates this listening into action without delay”.

On commercial matters he acts for a wide range of major corporations particularly in the telecommunications sector representing them in complex national and international disputes before the English Courts and ICC Arbitrations.

• Osmium Shipping Corporation -v- Cargill International SA [2012]
One of the leading recent piracy Commercial Court cases on payments of hire for hijacked vessels and the impact of CONWARTIME on charterparty obligations.

• Boris Berezovsky -v- Merle Wood & Others [2011]
Leading case on brokers’ entitlement to commissions

• Enviroco Limited -v- Farstad Supply A/S [2011]
A case taken through the High Court, Appeal Court and up to the Supreme Court on the construction of charterparty terms and obligations and defences available to group companies under the charterparty.

• Elborne Mitchell -v- Iron Mountain (UK) Ltd [2010]
Commercial Court case on incorporation of Terms & Conditions and the reasonableness of Terms & Conditions.

• Zodiac Maritime Agencies Limited -v- Fortescue Metals Group Limited [2010]
One of the leading cases on the assessment of damages for breach of long-term time charters.

• Datec Electronics Holdings Ltd -v- UPS [2007]
Another Supreme Court case, having gone though the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal, dealing with the CMR Convention, wilful default and breaking package limits.

• Mayban -v- Alstom [2004]
Commercial Court decision on damage to cargo and inherent vice defences.


  • Casualty
  • Charterparties
  • Dispute resolution

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