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Dolly Brown

Legal Director

Described by her clients as being detail driven and highly responsive to client needs, Dolly acts for a wide variety of shipowners, operators, charterers, P&I Club insurers and commodity trading companies in disputes arising out of charterparties, bills of lading, commodity sale/purchase contracts and bunker supply contracts.

Dolly has extensive experience of international arbitration in various forums including LMAA, ICC and LCIA and litigates frequently in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal in London. She also has experience of mediation and settlement negotiations.

Having come from a ship classification background prior to her legal career, Dolly has a good understanding of the regulatory framework of the industry and of the technical issues impacting the industry, particularly in relation to oil tankers and LNG vessels.

Those for whom she has conducted full arbitrations say she is "hard working and diligent", "highly organised" and a "strong tactical litigator" with a "focus on and dedication to the needs of the Club and the Members".

Dolly is a Supporting Member of the LMAA and a lecturer for Lloyd's Maritime Academy on laytime and demurrage.

Experience

  • Acting for Charterers in an off-hire dispute arising from a piracy incident in Osmium Shipping Corporation v Cargill International SA (2011) (the "Captain Stefanos").
  • Acting for Charterers in a dispute concerning off-hire; express and implied indemnities under a Shelltime 4 charterparty; and frustration arising out of a long-term detention in Latin America.
  • Acting for Buyers of a cargo of naphtha in a dispute with a Latin American national oil company.
  • Acting for Owners of a vessel arrested off the coast of Sicily due to wrongful rejection of cargo and negotiating the salvage sale of the cargo.
  • Acting for Owners and their P&I Club in a claim for an indemnity under Article III Rule 5 of the Hague-Visby Rules as a result of inaccurate particulars furnished in a bill of lading for the carriage of a cargo of crude oil.
  • Acting for Charterers in an off-hire dispute arising from SIRE inspections and oil major rejections.
  • Acting for Charterers in a demurrage dispute arising out of delays due to newly imposed license requirements in Africa.
  • Acting for Disponent Owners in a cargo contamination dispute involving several parcels and grades of cargo loaded in West Africa.
  • Acting for Charterers in a dispute over damage to a vessel in the Houston ship channel centring on the vessel's mooring arrangements at the time of the incident.
  • Acting for Owners in a number of bunker quality disputes concerning several vessels and involving several bunker suppliers in numerous jurisdictions.