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Catherine Baddeley

Legal Director

Catherine advises on a wide range of contentious shipping matters, with a particular focus on bill of lading and charterparty disputes.

Her principal area of practice is contentious shipping disputes, with a particular focus on bill of lading and charterparty claims. Catherine regularly advises on marine insurance, ship building and commodity trading disputes, and has experience of recent sanctions. In addition, Catherine provides transactional advice in the shipping sector. Her clients include charterers, insurers, shipyards and commodity traders.

Catherine has extensive experience in both High Court and London arbitration proceedings and regularly works closely with foreign lawyers in the context of proceedings and enforcement in other jurisdictions.


  • Negotiating the settlement of numerous High Court claims for temperature abuse to fresh produce in transit.
  • Acting for a claimant with regards a breach of settlement agreement, including the attachment and enforcement of English Court Orders in Switzerland.
  • Defending a carrier in a claim for damage to cargo caused by the manner of stowage.
  • Acting for the voyage charterer in an unsafe port dispute, arising from an allision with port infrastructure at the nominated port/berth.
  • Defending a long term bareboat charterer in a dispute with owners concerning the condition of various vessels on redelivery.
  • Acting for marine insurers in respect of losses arising from the Chinese tariffs on US commodities, imposed whilst goods were in transit or booked for transit.
  • Acting for port terminal third party liability insurers following an allision.
  • Representing a commodities trader in a FOSFA string dispute, arising from the rejection of the cargo by the end buyer, and failure to discharge the cargo.
  • Advising and acting for the builder of a large superyacht in quality disputes with the purchaser.