Chris Grieveson


About Chris Grieveson

Chris is a Managing Partner at Wikborg Rein's London office and is an English Solicitor. 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.

Commercial Fraud

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.

Work experience
  • 2018 -

    Managing Partner, Wikborg Rein, London

  • 2013 -

    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

Selected projects
  • 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

Honor awards
  • 2021

    Leading Individual, Legal 500

  • 2021

    Recommended, Legal 500

  • 2021

    Recommended, Oil & Gas