Antonis is a Partner in the Maritime team and is the head of the Dispute Resolution team in our Athens office.

Antonis has over 26 years of experience practising as a shipping litigator, working from both London and Piraeus for another major international law firm, and gained a reputation for his broad based shipping law practice. Antonis’ clients include P&I Clubs and leading ship owners, most of which he has enjoyed an excellent relationship over the years. This has allowed him to gain an in-depth knowledge of their businesses and makes him the first port of call to advise on both complex issues and everyday matters.

Antonis has expertise in shipping and trade contractual disputes and admiralty work, representing clients before the courts, in arbitrations and mediations and in settlement negotiations. His extensive experience in dry work includes advising on MOA, sale and purchase, shipbuilding, bill of lading and charterparty disputes. Antonis is also well-known for his casualty practice and has successfully advised on numerous oil pollution and salvage incidents, cargo recovery and defence matters and collisions, and has an exceptional track record in resolving disputes arising from marine insurance claims.

“Always available when urgent advice is required”, “He always attends to our cases and is completely on top of things” (Chambers Global 2017)

“Sources praise his reliability and responsiveness” (Chambers Global 2016)

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  • Acted for a leading ship-owning group in a multi-million dollar claim against a shipyard concerning the vessel Star Polaris which was delivered with defects causing significant damage to her main engine and in which a question of law was referred to the High Court of England and Wales.
  • Acted for the buyers of two containerships which were under construction in South Korea in a substantial dispute concerning the quality of the building works following the discovery of serious welding defects leading to the cancellation of the contracts.
  • Acted for the owners of a Capesize bulk carrier in an indemnity claim against time charterers following the collision of the vessel with a bunkering barge off Busan which caused significant pollution and substantial claims against the owners.
  • Acting for owners in a very substantial claim against charterers concerning a cargo hold explosion during a voyage from China to the United States caused by the shipment of undeclared dangerous cargoes.
  • Acting for the owners of three vessels in multi-jurisdictional enforcement proceedings against their defaulting Iranian charterers.

Education

  1. 1991 – 1992 · LL.M. Maritime Law, University of Wales, College of Cardiff
  2. 1989 · LLB, Athens Law School

memberships & associations

  1. Athens Bar Association
  2. Law Society of England & Wales