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Marie Sundell

Legal Director, London


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Marie’s experience lies predominantly in marine insurance and reinsurance disputes, both in the UK and in foreign jurisdictions, and she has particular experience of Hull & Machinery and liability claims, as well as builders’ risks and yacht claims. She regularly advises on points of coverage, the pursuit of subrogated recoveries and insurance policy wordings. Marie also handles general commercial disputes relating to shipping and the international sale of goods. She has extensive experience of representing insurers, shipowners and charterers in English court proceedings and in arbitrations.

Since qualifying Marie has been seconded to two leading Lloyd’s Syndicates where she has been employed as a marine claims adjuster. Marie has also worked in the in-house legal department of another large Lloyd’s Syndicate.

Marie is bilingual in Swedish and English and has a good working knowledge of Norwegian and Danish.

  • Acting for Voyage Charterers and Charterers’ Liability underwriters in defence of an LMAA arbitration brought by the Owners and Time Charterers in respect of the sinking of a vessel off the coast of Spain in 2010.
    Acting for hull and increased value underwriters in connection with the grounding of a bulk carrier off India in 2009.
  • Acting for one of the world’s largest chemical and plastics companies in a claim before the High Court of Justice concerning damage to the client’s integrated olefin plant and resulting business interruption losses following the supply of contaminated butane feedstock.
  • Acting for London market and overseas Reinsurers in connection with a succession of fire losses sustained onboard two fish factory trawlers. Advising on coverage as well as subrogated recoveries and liaising with local Danish lawyers regarding arbitration proceedings brought in the Faroe Islands.
  • Acting for a UAE based drilling contractor in an ICC arbitration against a Turkish subcontractor following a dispute arising in connection with the production and delivery of two off-shore production structures for a development project in the Black Sea.
  • Advising yacht insurers and insured owners on points of coverage and subrogated recoveries as well as advising on relevant insurance terms and arrangements (H&M, P&I, builders’ risks and ship repairers’ liability policies).
    Advising hull underwriters in connection with an alleged piracy case in a dispute whether claim to fall on hull or war risk policy.
  • Defending London and foreign market hull underwriters in a claim brought before the High Court of Justice in respect of the sinking of a bulk carrier with resulting loss of life off South Africa in 2006.
  • Acted on behalf of hull underwriters in a Constructive Total Loss claim in which one of the main issues concerned whether the relevant hull and machinery fleet policies had been issued on a valued or unvalued basis.
  • Defending Greek ship owners in a claim for avoidance brought by the vessel’s Hull & Machinery insurers, the case involving issues of misrepresentation and fraudulent devices.
  • Acted on behalf of a national oil company as charterers in an unsafe port claim arbitration involving the spillage of approximately 3,600 tonnes of crude oil where charterers faced a claim of US$22 million plus further potential local exposure of some US$120 million. Case involved issues of 1969 CLC and 1971 Fund Conventions.


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