Ian Teare


About Ian

lan Teare is the Managing Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Singapore office and is part of the firm’s Shipping Offshore practice and Maritime and Offshore Emergency Response Team. He has a broad marine and offshore practice including collision and salvage, charterparty, bill of lading disputes and marine insurance matters. Teare has a degree in Nautical Studies from Plymouth University where he specialized in Naval Architecture. After a period training as a navigator with the Royal Air Force, he joined the admiralty team of a London based shipping law firm in early 1992 and specialised in the investigation of marine casualties, particularly collision and salvage matters. Teare is OPITO certified for travel offshore by helicopter and launch. Having qualified as a Solicitor in 2000, he spent five years (2000-2005) in Piraeus where he acted for a variety of ship owners, P&I Clubs and Underwriters in a broad spectrum of shipping disputes. Teare worked in the London market between 2005 and 2012 when he moved to Singapore.

Work experience
2017- Managing Partner, Wikborg Rein, Singapore_NEWLINE_2012-2017 Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Singapore_NEWLINE_2005-2012 Partner (2009-2012), “Of Counsel” (2008-2009), Senior Associate (2005-2008), Norton Rose, London _NEWLINE_2000-2005 Associate, Norton Rose, Piraeus_NEWLINE_1999-2000 Associate, Norton Rose, London_NEWLINE_1992-1999 Marine Manager, Ince & Co, London
Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales
Relevant experience
Shipping:_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Antea / Star Centurion – collision and subsequent sinking of pipe laying vessel off Horsburgh Light, 2019._NEWLINE_Shinyo Ocean / Assem – collision between VLCC and LNG tanker off Fujairah, 2019._NEWLINE_Klima / Spring Snow / Libra – collision at an anchorage off Singapore, 2019_NEWLINE_Navios Christine B / St George – collision off Chittagong, 2019_NEWLINE_APL Los Angeles – containership grounding off Fuzhou, China, 2018._NEWLINE_Geos – gas influx followed by explosion, fire and CTL of geotechnical drilling ship off Eastern Malaysia, 2018_NEWLINE_Navios Amarillo / Chem Houston – collision in the Singapore Straits, 2018._NEWLINE_VLCC – investigating main engine stoppage due to bad fuel stemmed in US Gulf, 2019. _NEWLINE_Majorca – LOF salvage off Papua New Guinea, 2018_NEWLINE_Lundin Petroleum v Regulus – successfully defending the Owners of an FPSO in the English High Court in proceedings arising after the towage of the unit from the Mediterranean to Malaysia._NEWLINE_Rena – Grounding and total loss of a container ship off Tauranga, in New Zealand._NEWLINE_Brillante Virtuoso - alleged pirate attack, explosion and fire on board a laden VLCC, off Aden._NEWLINE_Attalya – Engine room and accommodation fire, claim for Constructive Total Loss, off Ghana._NEWLINE_B. Oceania – collision and subsequent sinking in the Malacca Straits, wreck removal, parallel proceedings in China and Australia._NEWLINE_Chemroad Rose / LMS Dunhinda – contact damage during bunkering off Colombo._NEWLINE_"Navig8 Stealth" – collision with tug and barge combination in the Malacca Straits._NEWLINE_Mare Forum – Collision between a laden bulk carrier and commercial fishing vessel off Shanghai._NEWLINE_Rio Gold – grounding and LOF salvage in the Andaman Sea._NEWLINE_Pride of Bilbao – Bareboat charterparty redelivery dispute as to the condition of the vessel on redelivery._NEWLINE_Hellas Endurance – Charterparty dispute, contamination of a cargo of gasoline._NEWLINE_Advising a Chinese shipyard in arbitration proceedings against the Owner and Guarantor of a tanker which was converted into an FPSO but for which the contract price was not paid in full._NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Offshore:_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Advising a major sea bed mining company in relation to the contracts required to procure and operate a Production Support Vessel for use in mining seabed minerals._NEWLINE_Advising the operator of a Floating Storage Unit in relation to the application of The Basel Convention in relation to the proposed recycling of the Unit in the Asiapac region._NEWLINE_Advising an oil rig operator in relation to the interpretation of contractual terms relating to costs escalation provisions in a long term rig hire contract._NEWLINE_Advising a consortium of banks in relation to matters arising from a shipbuilder's failure to perform under a ship building contract._NEWLINE_Advising a consortium of North Sea rig operators in relation to claims arising from the shut-down of nine rigs which were connected to the CATS Pipeline after the pipe was damaged by a tanker dragging its anchor across the pipe._NEWLINE_Advising an Oil Major in relation to the interpretation of contractual terms relating to pricing in a Gas Sales Agreement._NEWLINE_Advising the operator of a seismic survey vessel in relation to a dispute over payment for survey services in waters off Tanzania. Securing successful judgments in the English High Court and Court of Appeal._NEWLINE_Advising an Oil Major in relation to the interpretation of contractual terms relating to pricing in a Gas Sales Agreement._NEWLINE_Advising an oil rig operator in relation to the interpretation of contractual terms relating to costs escalation provisions in a long term rig hire contract._NEWLINE_Directory Rankings_NEWLINE_Lexology's "Clients' Choice" Awards – Shipping Lawyer of the Year 2019 for Singapore._NEWLINE_Client feedback obtained by Lexology direct from clients when researching the Client Choice Award included the following accolades :_NEWLINE_Ian is an exceptional lawyer who provides clear and concise advice; he provides vital advice at great value. _NEWLINE_He is a flexible, determined and reliable lawyer; he often anticipates what the client needs to know in specific situations._NEWLINE_He is transparent in his billings; the quality of advice he provides easily justifies the fees. _NEWLINE_Ian has great business expertise; he is always consistent and reliable. _NEWLINE_Ian provides realistic and spot-on advice; he is always available to the client, and only a phone call away. _NEWLINE_He and the firm are extremely professional and highly competent; he is a great business partner._NEWLINE_Legal 500 Asia Pacific : Shipping – Foreign Firms, 2018:_NEWLINE_Wikborg Rein's Singapore office is ranked in Tier 1 with the Directory recording as follows:_NEWLINE_At Wikborg Rein, managing partner Ian Teare has a substantial marine and shipping law practice with an emphasis on casualty matters. In conjunction with colleagues in Oslo, London and Shanghai, he represented a Chinese shipyard in a high-value dispute relating to non-payment by a vessel owner for services rendered under a contract to convert a tanker to a floating production, storage and offloading unit. He is also acting for Gard (Singapore) P&I Club in connection with a fire and explosion and the total loss of the geotechnical survey vessel Geos off East Malaysia._NEWLINE_Chambers & Partners Directory: Singapore, Shipping: International: Litigation_NEWLINE_Ian is ranked in Band 2 with the following directory entry: _NEWLINE_In 2019, Chambers & Partners commented : "Ian Teare of Wikborg Rein is known for his activity in the market and for his expertise in wet matters. He advises on a wide range of matters including collisions, groundings and salvage as well as dry matters including cargo claims and insurance matters."_NEWLINE_In 2018, Chambers & Partners commented “Ian Teare joined the firm (Wikborg Rein) in January 2017 from Norton Rose Fulbright. His broad shipping litigation practice covers marine insurance, maritime casualties and charter party disputes. He is "hugely diligent, fastidiously thorough and has a fantastic depth of legal knowledge," according to one source.”_NEWLINE_Relevant seminar papers_NEWLINE_"Fail to plan – plan to fail" – a discussion on the 2019 High Court judgment in The CMA CGM Libra relating to unseaworthiness from a defective passage plan._NEWLINE_"Dream Star c/w Meghna Princess" – a discussion around the recent Singapore High Court judgment in relation to this collision at a pilot boarding ground off Singapore._NEWLINE_"Collisions at Sea" – commentary on key provisions of the Colregs with reference to reported cases on each Rule._NEWLINE_“Unseaworthiness or crew negligence” – A discussion on the key cases, The Eurasian Dream and Star Sea, in relation to unseaworthiness arising from the acts or omissions of a crew member and the authorities leading to those two decisions. _NEWLINE_"Limitation of Liability" - a discussion on key elements of law and procedure relating to limitation, including comparisons between jurisdictions and summaries of key reported cases._NEWLINE_“The legal framework in relation to autonomous ships”, Shipping 2030 Conference, December 2016_NEWLINE_The "Ocean Victory"- unsafe ports, delivered in Singapore. _NEWLINE_Financing Deep Sea Mining Projects, delivered in Singapore._NEWLINE_Marine Salvage - A Claims Handler's Guide, delivered in Singapore, March 2013_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_