Nick Shepherd


About Nick Shepherd

Nick Shepherd is a Partner at Wikborg Rein's London office. He specialises in shipping, energy and marine insurance work. For many years he has worked with the Greek shipping market, representing several of the leading shipping groups. Having previously lived and worked in Greece for a total of 12 years (1994-99 and 2009-16), he has developed a detailed knowledge and understanding of that market.

Nick has extensive experience of handling a wide range of work for shipowners, including P&I and Defence work; Charterparty, bill of lading and COA matters; MOA sale & purchase disputes; admiralty work (including collisions, groundings and total loss); shipbuilding contract review and disputes; marine insurance issues and claims; and the arrest or attachment of ships and other assets worldwide to secure or enforce claims; sanctions issues and compliance.

In recent years his work has included more specialised work such as drafting contracts for a major logistics company for the expansion of its dry bulk terminal, including throughput contracts with customers; design & procurement contracts for the terminal expansion; transhipment and storage contracts; and river transportation COAs.

Work experience
  • 2016 -

    Partner, Wikborg Rein, London

  • 1994 - 2016

    Partner, Ince & Co, London and Piraeus offices

  • 1990 - 1994

    Solicitor, Ince & Co, London

  • 1985 - 1990

    Solicitor, Middletons, Melbourne, Australia

  • 1979 - 1984

    Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Bachelor of Arts (History), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Selected projects
  • Acting for owner & insurers of VLCC tanker that collided with an LNG tanker off Fujairah, with combined losses in excess of US$30 million.

  • Acting for a shipowner and P&I Club after container ship grounding at Chinese port, including arrangements for off-loading containers, temporary repairs, pollution prevention, environment claims and penalties, towage to shipyard for permanent repairs.

  • Acting for a shipowner in successfully recovering US$30 million from defaulting charterers in respect of two laden tankers, including obtaining worldwide freezing orders and other relief from the English High Court.

  • Acting for a terminal operator to enforce a 20 year 'ship or pay' throughput contract against an international mining house where the value of the contract was in excess of US$1 billion.

  • Enforcing an arbitration award for about US$75 million obtain against defaulting charterers, involving enforcement action in four jurisdictions.

Honor awards
  • 2021

    Recommended, Legal 500

  • 2021

    Chambers Review