James King


Practice Areas

James specialises in disputes concerning charterparties, COAs, ship sale and purchase, cargo claims and commodities. He has handled many hundreds of such cases. He also advises on non-contentious matters in shipping, trading and upstream petroleum contracts, such as the effects of and amendments to standard and unusual forms and contracts, and has drafted a major shipowners’ new standard bill of lading terms.

In addition to his core advisory and litigation practice in London he has given evidence on matters of English Law to courts and tribunals around the world, including the US, the Far East and Estonia, and conducts arbitration proceedings in Singapore and Hong Kong.

The majority of James’ practice concerns confidential arbitrations but several of his Court cases have been reported, including The Michalakis [2009] EWHC 588 (Comm), The Chada Naree (2012) 862 LMLN 2 and The Wisdom C [2014] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. Plus 62.

James is a member of Winter Scott’s casualty team and assists clients with General Average, groundings, salvage and collision matters.

Among James’ loyal clients are P&I Clubs, oil majors, large shipowners, and high-profile charterers and traders.



Southampton University (LLB), Inns of Court School of Law (BVC) and University College London (LLM Maritime Law). Joined Holmes Hardingham in 1999, qualified in 2001 and Partner at Winter Scott since 2006.

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Obtained an LLM specialising in Maritime Law from University College London in 1999

James graduated with an LLB in Law from the University of Southampton in 1995

Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1996