Matt Berry is a Specialist Counsel and Admiralty Manager at Wikborg Rein's London office. He is an experienced shipping lawyer with a strong international shipping background. Drawing upon seafaring experience from the oil and gas industry and he is providing technical and legal advice to clients.
He is a former mariner and a qualified solicitor specializing in maritime casualties and claims. As a member of the firm's Maritime and Offshore Emergency Response team, he is primarily involved in the investigation and handling of casualties worldwide. He also works on the dry shipping disputes that frequently arise out of a maritime casualty.
Matt began his career at sea with James Fisher, working on coastal product tankers trading between the UK and Europe. In 2003, he joined Shell, and spent the next seven years sailing on product tankers, VLCC’s and LNG vessels up to the rank of Chief Officer.
He has particular knowledge of LNG vessels and is very familiar with their operation, including cargo operations; cargo machinery and equipment; engine machinery and propulsion; and use of cargo/boil off for fuel. Consequently, this enables him to provide advice both practically and legally on a variety of LNG-related matters, both wet and dry.
Matt travels widely on a variety of matters, including collisions, groundings, salvage, fire and pollution incidents.
Specialist Counsel and Admiralty Manager, Wikborg Rein, London
2020 - 2021
Admiralty Manager & Solicitor, Ince LLP
2015 - 2020
Senior Marine Manager, Ince & Co LLP
2010 - 2015
Marine Manager, Ince & Co LLP
Operations Assistant, Shell International Shipping
2003 - 2010
Navigation Officer, Shell International Shipping
2000 - 2003
Navigation Officer, James Fisher
2014 - 2016
LPC, BPP Law, School London
2013 - 2015
GDL, Middlesex University
2009 - 2010
Bsc (Hons) Nautical Science, Middlesex University
2008 - 2009
HND Nautical Science, Fleetwood Nautical College