Chris Grieveson is a Managing Partner at Wikborg Rein's London office and is an English Solicitor. He is part of the firm's Shipping Offshore practice. Chris specialises in shipping, oil & gas, and commodity trading law.
He has extensive experience of all aspects of shipping law (both globally and especially within Asia having lived and worked there for 12 years). He has been involved in handling some of the world’s major casualties and pollution incidents. Chris regularly advises shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs and traders on all aspects of carriage of goods, charterparty and marine insurance law. Chris also has extensive experience of shipbuilding and S&P disputes.
In the offshore industry Chris advises operators and contractors in the drafting and negotiation of proposed contracts; handling claims and disputes concerning contractual performance; accidents; and claims under insurance policies. His experience includes all aspects of the industry from the initial bid and tender process through commissioning, and in-field operation. He has acted for all sectors of the industry including EPC and EPCI contractors, drilling contractors, FPSO/FLNG operators, accommodation rig providers, supply boat /barge operators, and oilfield service contractors.
Chris’ trading experience includes advising commodities traders, especially metals, coal and oil traders with their sale and purchase arrangements, particularly for long term off take contracts and disputes. Chris has handled numerous disputes for traders arising out of delays, force majeure, quality issues and letter of credit problems.
Chris has extensive expertise of acting in civil fraud claims in the shipping and offshore industry including asset tracing, he has particular expertise in cases involving Russia, the CIS, China, Indonesia and Vietnam as well as Europe.
Compliance and Crisis Management
Chris has significant experience advising clients on compliance, regulatory and investigations in the Marine Sector. In particular, he has been extensively involved in anti-bribery and corporate crisis management including the conduct of internal investigations and the handling of criminal law consequences and civil disputes triggered by potential misconduct.
Managing Partner, Wikborg Rein, London
Partner, Wikborg Rein, London
2010 - 2012
Partner, Wikborg Rein, Singapore
1997 - 2010
Partner (from 2006), Ince & Co, London and Singapore
1994 - 1995
1992 - 1996
MA (Law), University of Cambridge
Extensive experience in commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation
Construction, sale, employment and operation of ships and offshore units
Trading and transportation of wet and dry commodities
Marine and energy insurance