Andy Purssell

Andy Purssell

Partner London, United Kingdom

Andrew is a London-based partner and specialises in marine and shipping. 

Andrew handles marine insurance litigation including coverage disputes and recovery actions, charterers’ liability claims including dangerous cargoes, all aspects of reinsurance, commodities and international trade disputes, charter party claims, GA and salvage and carriage of goods by sea, and fine art and specie claims.

He boasts considerable experience of maritime/international trade arbitrations under the main institutional rules such as the LMAA, UNCITRAL, LCIA and GAFTA.

Andrew has worked on an impressive variety of matters, including some of the market’s most complex and high profile matters, often with an international element.

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1994

“Because of excellent service. Nothing else.”

The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019

Market recognition

  • “Thorough. Explains things very well.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • “Because of excellent service. Nothing else.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • Recommended lawyer 'Shipping (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Recommended lawyer 'Shipping (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2017

Work highlights

  • HOEGH OSAKA. Advising cargo interests and their insurers in relation to their liability in salvage following the very public capsizing of this car carrier in January 2015.
    Qingdao metals fraud. Advising the cargo market in relation to issues arising out of the massive fraud involving metals inventories in Qingdao port.
  • The “BERGE SISAR” [2001] (House of Lords). A claim concerning the contractual quality of 43,000 tonnes of propane purchase by the claimant and whether, under the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992, an intermediate holder of a bill of lading retains any liability.
  • Tank farm thefts/fraud. Advising cargo/stock throughput insurers in respect of two large thefts from an Eastern European oil refinery and a fraud involving manipulation of holding certificates issued by a Russian oil terminal.
  • Oil contamination. Advising oil companies and their cargo insurers on numerous occasions in relation contamination of oil products, including contamination of gasoil with gasoline vapours, particulate contamination of jet fuel and the erroneous application of additives etc.
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017