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Barry Stimpson

Barry Stimpson



  • College of Law, London, 1994
  • Queen Mary, University of London, 1993, LL.M., International Trade Law, The Clive Schmitthoff Prize for International Trade Law
  • University of Keele, 1991, B.A.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • England and Wales
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Australia


  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • Spanish

Barry has more than 20 years' experience handling shipping, international trade, offshore energy and construction matters. He has been based in the Far East since 1999 and has worked in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. He was a founding partner of Reed Smith’s Singapore office when it was established in 2012, and became the Office Managing Partner in 2016. 

Barry’s practice covers both advisory and disputes work in the shipping, commodities, upstream oil and gas (offshore energy), construction, mining, insurance and telecommunications sectors. He is recognised for his work in the shipping, commodities and offshore energy sectors by the major legal directories and is ranked as one of the leading shipping lawyers in Singapore.

His shipping practice covers dry bulk and tanker charterparties, long term contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, cargo claims, ship arrest, casualties, ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding. In the commodities sector, he has advised on and arbitrated disputes arising out of trading contracts for most soft commodities (including palm oil, grains, cotton, cocoa and sugar). Importantly for the Asia Pacific region, he has extensive experience of trading and storage contracts for oil, coal and ore.

In the offshore energy sector, he advises clients on ship sale/purchase contracts, newbuilding and conversion contracts (for rigs, FPSOs, pipe-laying vessels, fallpipe vessels and flotels), EPIC contracts, exploration/seismic-survey contracts and offshore support and supply vessel chartering contracts. He has also handled several complex and high-value arbitrations relating to the design, construction and chartering of offshore vessels.

As counsel in international arbitration, Barry has handled arbitrations in London, Hong Kong and Singapore under the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, LMAA, SCMA, HKIAC, GAFTA, FOSFA and the ICA. In 2012, he became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He also has extensive experience of court proceedings in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Employment History

  • 2012 - Reed Smith, Singapore
  • 1999 - Holman Fenwick Willan, London Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore
  • 1994 - Bentleys Stokes & Lowless, London

Honors & Awards

  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 – Leading Individual for Shipping / Commodities, Singapore 
  • Chambers Asia: Tier 1 in Shipping / Commodities, Singapore
  • International Law Office Client Choice Award 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration