Chris Zavos

Chris Zavos

Partner London, United Kingdom

Chris is a partner in our London office and specialises in dispute resolution in marine and off-shore energy matters. He qualified in England and Wales in 1991.

Acting predominantly for Lloyd's and global (re)insurers, he has extensive experience in advising on complex coverage as well as liability defence, subrogation and sanctions issues.  He regularly advises on claims under liability, P&I, marine, war, BAR/CAR, yacht, cargo and offshore policies as well political risks insurances. In addition, Chris has managed many market leading cases through arbitration and litigation both here (up to the Supreme Court) and in international jurisdictions.

Chris also acts in contractual shipping disputes, as well as in collision and salvage matters. 

He has been ad hoc legal adviser to the London Market’s Joint Hull Committee since 2002 where he advises on market issues and drafts new wordings on discrete issues such as piracy, sanctions and cyber/CL380.

He is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

Qualification

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1991

Chris takes time to understand our reserving philosophy and commercial considerations and he adapts his advice to suit that. He is always available, and I can email him and nine times out of ten within ten minutes I will get a response which is rare.

The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019

Market recognition

  • “He's very understanding of clients’ needs, and you know he gets his clients. He's very professional, responds in a timely manner to questions and requests feedback information before giving very precise advice.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • “He is dealing with a number of cases that I am involved with and he's dealing with them very well. His technical knowledge is excellent, his recommended strategies are pretty sound and he gives good clear and concise advice.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • “Chris takes time to understand our reserving philosophy and commercial considerations and he adapts his advice to suit that. What they are both really good at is they work with the market as opposed with just the lead underwriter. He is always available, and I can email him and nine times out of ten within ten minutes I will get a response which is rare.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • Notable practitioner for 'Shipping (UK-wide)'
    Chris Zavos is described as "very accomplished" and "the brilliant virtuoso going to trial" by a commentator.
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Notable practitioner for 'Insurance: Contentious Claims (UK-wide)' 
    "He is excellent," one source reports, adding: "He is efficient, intelligent and quite a formidable litigator."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Shipping (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Insurance and reinsurance litigation (London)’
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Insurance and reinsurance litigation (London)’
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Shipping (London)’
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Notable practitioner (Band 2) for 'Insurance: Contentious claims (UK-wide 2019)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Notable practitioner (Band 4) for 'Shipping (UK-wide 2019)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • "Chris Zavos led on this case and is currently also acting for London market war risks insurers in defence of claims following an alleged piracy attack on a crude oil tanker in the high-profile and well-publicised case of the Brillante Virtuoso.”
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • "The 'excellent' Chris Zavos is particularly notable for his work representing insurers in shipping and offshore energy-related claims."
    Chambers UK 2019

Work highlights

  • Acting for the market in Brillante Virtuoso (2014, Commercial Court and continuing) in defence of a claim for loss of the vessel in the Gulf of Aden in 2011 and in which the principal defence is fraud.
  • Acting for the market in Atlantik Confidence (2017, Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and continuing), in seeking to recover an H&M claim paid in 2013 following loss of the vessel, which was later found to have been fraudulent.
  • Acting for the market in Alexandros T (2011, Commercial Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and continuing), a dispute over jurisdiction/settlement in a claim for damages by an assured following settlement of the original loss.
  • Acted for the market in Princess of the Stars (2012, Commercial Court and Court of Appeal), a reinsurance dispute over coverage in respect of liabilities to cargo interests.
  • Acted for the market in Arash v Groupama (2011, Commercial Court, Court of Appeal), the first English case to consider the effect of the EU Iranian sanctions on insurance.
  • Acted for the market in Youell v Kara Mara (2000, Commercial Court) obtaining an anti-suit injunction to restrain Louisiana proceedings.
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020