DIFC Academy in collaboration with The Bar of Ireland and Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) proudly presents a webinar session that looks at some important current issues and trends in maritime arbitration from a multi-jurisdictional basis. “Wet shipping” or the handling of ships and/or their technical operational management can give rise to a range of challenging issues. In discussing this area focus will be given to the arbitration of collision disputes with an outline of some of the legal problems arising from the recent Ever Green incident in the Suez Canal. The panel will consider techniques that allow for effective use of maritime arbitration so as to inter alia best control time and costs. Discussion will also focus on how to enforce awards and the circumstances where an award may be enforced outside the seat the award was issued in.

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Discussion Topics:

- Discussion of Ever Given collision in Suez Canal

- Recap of key terms and ideas in 'wet shipping'

- Effective maritime arbitration

- Controlling time & costs

- Enforcing Awards

- Future trends


Victor Leginsky | Chartered Arbitrator, Arbitralis

Victor Leginsky FCIArb is a Chartered Arbitrator who is certified as a mediator through the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (London) [CEDR] and works frequently in respect of mediation with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (London) [RICS] and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has served as Arbitrator in over 90 cases, conducting both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, and has conducted construction-related mediation.  He confines his practice to that of a neutral, largely in construction and energy-related disputes.  Victor is currently MENA Chapter Director of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). He is Regional Pathway Leader for the CIArb and teaches Award Writing.  He lectures frequently on dispute resolution in construction, oil and gas and general dispute resolution matters. 


Paul McGarry SC | Senior Counsel, The Bar of Ireland

Paul McGarry SC was Chair of the Bar of Ireland from 2016 to 2018. He is a private client barrister, experienced international arbitrator, and accredited mediator. He was chairman of the EU Bar Association (2017-2020), head of the Irish delegation to the Council of European Bars (CCBE) from 2014-2019, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Circuit since 2018. He is currently Vice-President of Arbitration Ireland, was a director of the Dublin Dispute Resolution Centre (2016 – 2021) and a former Chairman of the Arbitration Committee of the Bar of Ireland. As an arbitrator he has dealt with many disputes involving international insurance claims, maritime law, professional negligence, reinsurance and financial services. He is an ICC appointed arbitrator in disputes relating to energy and engineering works and has advised/represented clients in arbitral disputes under ICC, LCIA, CAS and adhoc rules.

Darren Lehane SC | Senior Counsel, The Bar of Ireland

Darren Lehane SC specializes in maritime litigation with an emphasis on shipping and commodities, international trade, energy, banking and insurance. Within these fields his work covers the full range of disputes dealing with charter parties, international trade, shipbuilding, finance, fisheries, submarine pipelines, arbitrations (ICC, LCIA and Ad Hoc), collisions and ship arrests.  He has acted in a number of the leading cases in these areas.  Darren is a graduate of UCC, was called to the Bar in 2004 and took silk in 2020.  Darren is a member and former secretary of the Irish Maritime Law Association.  He is also a member and former chairperson of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the Bar of Ireland.  He is an ICC appointed arbitrator in maritime disputes.

Richard Briggs | Vice Chairman, EMAC & Executive Partner, Hadef & Partners

Richard is a recognised leader in commercial dispute resolution in the UAE and has practised contentious business law in the UAE and Middle East region for most of his career. His areas of specialisation are in the commercial litigation and arbitration fields, particularly with reference to commercial dispute, maritime, trade and insurance law in the United Arab Emirates and larger Middle East area. He is Vice Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors and Committee of the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC). He is also the Vice President and Director of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).

Christopher Smith QC | Barrister, Essex Court Chambers

Christopher Smith QC practices from Essex Court Chambers in London. He covers all aspects of domestic and international commercial work, with particular emphasis on wet and dry shipping, professional negligence and related areas such as marine and non-marine insurance and reinsurance. Chris’ practice involves advisory work, mediation, arbitration in England and Wales and other jurisdictions including Singapore Hong Kong and South Africa. Chris is described by the leading legal directories as” an unflappable barrister who has a rigorous mind and a very good reputation.” He has been one of the editors of Scrutton on Charterparties and Bills of Lading since 2008.