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Nigel Binnersley represents clients in the areas of general commercial law, commercial litigation, admiralty law, insurance (marine and non-marine), arbitration, and ship finance. Mr. Binnersley has over 30 years of experience as a litigation lawyer and is a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA).

Mr. Binnersley maintains a diverse practice in both general commercial matters to litigation and arbitration through to maritime law. Through his commercial practice, Mr. Binnersley assists clients in navigating the complexities of their businesses from structuring and joint venture arrangements to M&A to employment advice.

His maritime practice involves matters relating to ship sale/purchase and financing (new buildings and second hand vessels) to charterparty disputes, cargo defence and claims, personal injury defence and claims, and collision/pollution and wreck removal matters. Mr. Binnersley has acted for insurers, owners, charterers, and port terminal operators.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 reports that Mr. Binnersley “has a wealth of experience in handling shipping litigation and arbitration, including cargo, collusion and insurance-related matters. He assisted Hong Kong-based Sino Channel in relation to the setting aside of an arbitration award in London, on the grounds that the company had not taken part in the original arbitration proceedings. One source highlights his ‘prompt response’ and ‘great, in-depth knowledge’ as key strengths”.  Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016 commends Mr. Binnersley for his "active practice in contentious matters including both wet and dry disputes," ranking him as a leading lawyer for shipping litigation matters.  Mr. Binnersley has also been ranked in Chambers Asia 2015 and Chambers Asia 2013. Mr. Binnersley is also recognized by Who's Who Legal as a leader in insurance, shipping and maritime law.

Professional Affiliations

    • Hong Kong Law Society
    • Hong Kong Maritime Law Association
    • Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales
    • Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal Panel
    • London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
    • Hong Kong Telecommunications (Competition  Provisions) Appeal Board
    • Chairman of the Hong Kong Buildings Ordinance Appeal Tribunal
    • Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal Panel
    • London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
    • Hong Kong Telecommunications (Competition  Provisions) Appeal Board
    • Chairman of the Hong Kong Buildings Ordinance Appeal Tribunal
    • Hong Kong Telecommunications (Competition  Provisions) Appeal Board
    • Chairman of the Hong Kong Buildings Ordinance Appeal Tribunal
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Representative Experience

  • Advising and acting for underwriters in defending claims for vintage wine, fine art and “specie” (jewelry) loss.
  • Acting for P&I clubs pursuing claims for unpaid premium.
  • Workout and restructuring of a substantial, privately owned merchant-fleet owner.
  • Advising on the purchase contract of 12 new shipbuildings in China and dealing with all aspects, including the novation of several vessels.