David is a member of the firm's Shipping Group specialising in shipping litigation, including arbitration, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. His practice focuses on a wide range of charterparty and bill of lading disputes, from demurrage and complex off-hire to insolvency in the context of a charterparty, piracy and complex cargo claims. He has also acted in ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding disputes.
David has robust experience and expertise in the sanctions field, and is currently one of the Sanctions Practice Leaders and the deputy chair of Reed Smith’s Sanctions Committee comprising members of the Shipping Group and the Energy and Natural Resources Group. He frequently advises on the impact of EU sanctions on the business activities of clients, which often involves working closely with Leigh Hansson Matt Thomas (a Reed Smith Washington DC partner based in our London Washington DC office), given the significance of U.S. sanctions worldwide. In that capacity he analyses charterparties and other contract documents, P & I Rules and other insurance cover documents and export control information.
David’s extensive sanctions experience dates back to the 1990s and the collapse of Yugoslavia, when he was part of a response team (at Richards Butler – a Reed Smith legacy firm) that advised clients on the sanctions imposed to encourage human-rights sensitive behaviour. Amongst other tasks, he often liaised (by telephone in those days) with the Department of Trade and Industry to deal with export control issues. In that context, he regularly EU based companies and EU subsidiaries of US companies on potential supply chain issues and the need for licence applications.
David regularly drafts alerts notifying clients about major sanction developments and their possible effect.