Henry Adams


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24-26 Museum Street, Ipswich, IP1 1HZ

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

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Henry is a partner in our Shipping and International Trade Team.

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 and conflicts of law/jurisdiction. Henry has wide experience of court litigation from commercial court through all appellate levels and arbitration work within the LMAA, CAMP and ICC. Henry worked at Clyde & Co for eight years before joining Birketts in 2007.

Reported cases include:

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

Other Information

Henry is best known for his work handling charter-party disputes and cargo claims; also advising on marine issurance. Henry is a experienced litigation and arbitration practitioner.

Henry is recommended by Chambers and highlighted as a leading individual [UK 2017]. According to sources, he “takes a legal but commercial approach".

In previous editions, sources “cite his timely responses and commercial outlook as reasons to instruct him.” Clients 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! He is very available, he knows his files through and through and approaches disputes in a practical way.”

The “impeccable” Henry is recommended and listed as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ by Legal 500 [UK 2017]. In a previous edition he is described as “straightforward and proactive”. In an earlier edition the Shipping Team is described as “friendly and practical” and is “highly regarded in the shipping environment.”

Henry chairs the Lloyds Maritime Academy Course on Marine Cargo Claims and he also speaks at the International Cargo Insurance Course. He is one of the authors of the Informa Professional Academy Certificate in Marine Claims. He has an MA in French and Spanish from Edinburgh University and is fluent in both languages.

In 2008-9 he completed a 900 mile 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 unsupported.