Robert Platt



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Robert Platt

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Robert is a Partner in the London office of Watson Farley & Williams. He is a commercial contracts and dispute resolution lawyer with a broad range of experience across industry sectors, with particular emphasis in shipbuilding and offshore construction. Robert’s experience includes acting for leading shipowners and offshore contractors together with well known shipyards. Most recently he has been heavily engaged on a number of high-profile cruise newbuilding projects.

Experience Open

    Robert’s experiences includes advising:
    • Various leading cruise companies with regard to the conclusion of major orders for new vessel classes.
    • Shipowner clients in connection with the cancellation of shipbuilding contracts at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd.
    • Reliance Industries on the negotiation of shipbuilding contracts for the construction of the world’s first VLECs (Very Large Ethane Carriers).

Education Open

  • 1998: Admitted as a Solicitor
  • 1998: Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test
  • 1993: Lincoln’s Inn Called to the Bar
  • 1992 – 1993: Inns of Court School of Law Bar Vocational Course
  • 1989 – 1992: St John’s College, Oxford University BA Jurisprudence

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • “Timing is key to coming to terms with cancellations”, Lloyd’s List
  • “Gearbulk triumphs in Fleximax dispute”, Lloyd’s List
  • “Economic squeeze puts pressure on newbuilding contracts”, Lloyd’s List
  • “Shipyard boom delivers a legal Chinese puzzle”, Lloyd’s List
  • “A Stern warning about regulatory changes in shipbuilding”, Lloyd’s List
  • “Owners can scale the Chinese wall of risk as yards tackle greater challenges”, Lloyd’s List
  • “Underwriters face up to China risks”, Lloyd’s List

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC)

Employment Record Open

  • 2010 – present: Watson Farley & Williams, Partner, Litigation
  • 2003 – 2010: Curtis Davis Garrard, Partner, Contentious Team
  • 1997 – 2003: Curtis Davis Garrard, Associate, Contentious Team
  • 1994 – 1997: Watson Farley & Williams, Associate, Litigation Dept

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