Damon Thompson is a partner with our firm whose practice focuses on shipping, energy and commodities trading.  He has been practising maritime, trading and commercial law in London for 20 years.

Before joining Floyd Zadkovich, Damon spent over 7 years at a major gas and energy trading company, where he worked with the global trading, shipping and operations teams in respect of all energy commodities and in particular LNG. Prior to this in-house role, Damon trained and worked at two leading London maritime and trading law firms on complex and high-value energy, shipping, logistics and commercial matters.

Damon advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues. He drafts all types of contracts in his focus sectors, including SPAs, Charterparties and Terminal Use Agreements and advises on all types of disputes and issues that might arise under such contracts. He enjoys close relations with his clients and particularly likes to become involved in live issues at an early stage and to guide his clients in finding solutions under the time pressure of physical trading.

Damon regularly provides presentations and training programmes to clients on shipping and trading issues, particularly in the LNG sector.

Damon’s native language is English and he has good working knowledge of French.

Highlights of Damon’s work include the following:

  • Representation of Asian governmental energy entity in Coronavirus related advice reagrding current portfolio of charter parties.

  • Representation of major international LNG supplier in Coronavirus related advice on Indian customs regulations regarding presence of armed guards and piracy prevention personnel, off hire and risk assessment.

  • Representation of major international LNG supplier in negotiations of several charter parties with Indian oil corporation.

  • Advised major LNG chartering company on midterm charter parties with multinational oil trading company.

  • Representation of major Central European Energy Company in relation to a failure to load at a North African LNG terminal. The issue was successfully resolved with the client being “kept whole” and the terms of loading and delivery of the cargo re-negotiated.

  • Representation of major Danish shipowner in an off-hire and performance dispute which threw to both US and English jurisdictions.

  • Representation of global energy major in an LMAA arbitration in a long-term charterparty dispute for a LNG carrier.

  • Representation of European ro-ro operator and logistics services provider in relation to a multi-jurisdictional dispute arising from container damage at the Port of Cork, UK.

  • Preparation of bespoke template charterparty documents for vessel owners in the LNG industry. Advising on the terms of ShellLNGTime 1 and ShellLNGTime 2 to provide a comprehensive template/standard form document at an appropriate risk level for clients.

  • Representation of major international LNG supplier and charterer on their position in respect of a multi-million dollar off-hire claim. The dispute turned on bespoke off-hire wording and complex legal questions in LCIA arbitration.

Interested in specific aspects of Damon’s recent work? Contact office@zeilerfloydzad.com for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, London/England (since 2020)
  • Partner, Floyd Zadkovich, London/England (2019-2020)
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd, London/England (2012-2019)
  • Senior Associate, Holman Fenwick Willan, London/England (2006-2012)
  • Associate, Thomas Cooper & Stibbard, London/England (2002-2006)
  • Trainee, Thomas Cooper & Stibbard, London/England (2000-2002)

Education

  • Legal Professional Course, College of Law, University of York, York/England (2000)
  • Common Professional Exam, College of Law, University of York, York/England (1999)
  • Master of Arts, French (with honors), University of St Andrews, St Andrews/Scotland (1998)
  • Shipping, Logistics & Transport Bulletin | Fall Edition, October 2020
  • Contract Review: Levers and Measures
  • Early Contract and Charterparty Review (Part 2 of Economic Crisis Series)

    Early Contract and Charterparty Review (Part 2 of Economic Crisis Series)

    Contractual levers and measures   Part 2 of our series on how to deal with an economic crisis – a guide for international businesses.   Damon Thompson discusses the importance of reviewing your contracts and charterparties at an early stage in an economic downturn, as well as some key provisions to look out for following the outbreak of COVID-19.   As liquidity tightens across the economy, parties will increasingly look to tighten the belt. Being on top of your charterparty provisions and understanding exactly where you stand is the first step for a company being ready to combat any speculative claims.    Damon has years of experience in the legal industry, including eight years at a major energy trading company, so is well aware of what practical steps a company can take to protect its position. Damon looks at standard form exclusion clauses, safe port warranties and what parties can do now to protect their position over the coming weeks and months.   If you have any questions, or would like someone to have a close look at your charterparty/contractual terms, please speak to Damon or your usual ZFZ contact.
  • LNG News

    LNG News

    Cheyne & Thomspon (lecturers), “The LNG Industry and Evolution of LNG Charters from Tanker Charters”, FZ Presentation, 27.02.2020

  • COVID-19

    COVID-19

    Thompson, Lerch & Trout, “Coronavirus and Force Majeure” FZ Update, 12.02.2020

  • Damon Thompson on LNG Industry

    Damon Thompson on LNG Industry

    Thompson (lecturer), “The LNG Industry an Overview”, FZ Presentation, 12.12.2019