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James Hickland is a shipping, trade/commodities and aviation lawyer, advising on and negotiating contracts and resolving disputes in these industries.

James acts as trusted advisor to a number of close shipowners, charterers, traders and insurers on claims and non-contentious contract issues.

Prior to joining Tatham &Co he spent 11 years at another leading firm in his practice areas, rising from trainee to partner.

James has huge experience of London arbitration and High Court litigation. His trademark is responsive, creative and cost effective pursuit of litigation / arbitration, and securing results that beat the odds. He has brought several long running “heavyweight” cases to successful judgment, award or settlement in recent years, and is known for cutting to the heart of the issues in smaller disputes to drive them to efficient conclusions.

James’s work includes the following:

Shipping: Charter and contract of affreightment negotiation and disputes, bill of lading disputes, shipbuilding contract negotiation and disputes, cargo claims, dock damage and unsafe port claims, fire cases, sale and purchase disputes, guarantee issues;

Commodities / International Trade: Sale contract negotiation and disputes, letter of credit issues, GAFTA and FOSFA arbitrations;

Aviation: Airline total losses, ground damage claims, product liability, lease return disputes, cargo claims, insurance coverage disputes.