Henry Adams


Partner

[Henry] is perfect! He is very available, he knows his files through and through and approaches disputes in a practical way

Client testimonial

Experience

Henry is a Partner in our Shipping and International Trade Team. He qualified as a Solicitor in September 2001.

Henry specialises in shipping, transport and marine insurance work. His core practice involves handling Charterparty disputes and pursuing and defending cargo claims. He also regularly advises on marine insurance coverage issues, international sale contract disputes and conflicts of law/jurisdiction. His clients include traders, charterers, carriers, brokers and their respective insurers. Henry has wide experience of court litigation from Admiralty and Commercial  Court through all appellate levels and arbitration work within the LMAA, LCIA, CAMP and ICC. Henry worked at Clyde & Co for eight years before joining Birketts in 2007.

Reported cases include:

'SIBOTI' - Incorporation of Charterparty jurisdiction clause into Bill of Lading

OT Africa Line Ltd v Magic Sportswear Corporation and Others - Anti-suit injunction upheld by Court of Appeal

'AZUR GAS' - Meaning of 'laycan' in the context of a CIF sale

‘SFL HAWK' - Title to sue under Bills of Lading and causation.

Other Information

Henry is listed as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 [UK 2019]. He is also ranked by Chambers [UK 2019]. Clients say: "He is very attentive and very persuasive while always being very calm, which is a powerful tool in a lawyer."

In previous editions, client say they “can rely on him in any situation, even in case of an emergency, to clarify any kind of issues,” and that he “is perfect". 

Henry lectures widely on issues relating to shipping, international trade and marine insurance. He chairs the Lloyds Maritime Academy Courses on both Marine Cargo Claims and Laytime and Demurrage. He is also one of the authors of the Informa Professional Academy Certificate in Marine Claims. He has an MA in French and Spanish and is fluent in both languages.

In 2008-9 he completed a 900 mile unsupported expedition to the South Pole with two team-mates. The team followed in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1907 Nimrod Expedition and arrived at the South Pole after 66 days' travelling across Antarctica.

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