Philip Vagin is an associate at our London office with a strong focus on maritime disputes, both dry and wet, as well as transnational litigation and advisory work in the transportation sector.

Philip has experience advising IG P&I clubs, fixed-premium insurers, shipowners and charterers, as well as freight forwarders and port operators.

He advises clients on matters as diverse as marine insurance, charterparty disputes, cargo claims, and sanctions. Philip’s work also includes assisting foreign and national companies in the drafting of complex shipping and commodity contracts.

Philip is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an editor for the Russian Maritime Law Association (RUMLA). He obtained his LL.M. in Admiralty Law (with distinction) from Tulane University, where he received a prestigious Harry F. Stiles Scholarship and an Edward A. Dodd Award in Admiralty. Philip obtained his LL.B. from the Higher School of Economics University in Russia, and is qualified to practice Russian law since 2019.

Philip works in English (fluent) and Russian (native) and reads in Spanish.

Most recent highlights of Philip’s work include the following:

  • Advising a P&I Club on the impact of US sanctions against Russia on payments under letters of undertaking
  • Providing complex advice to a major Russian insurer on seafarer abandonment insurance under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006
  • Advising a shipowner on the effect of COVID-19 restrictions on the performance of a SUPPLYTIME 2005 charterparty
  • Drafting a ship repair contract for a European client to ensure compliance with Russian currency control rules
  • Advising a Far-Eastern port terminal on the effect of a force majeure certificate on a long-term freight-forwarding agreement
  • Acting for a P&I Club and a Greek shipowner in a large bunker spill dispute, assisting an ITOPF representative on site with assessment of environmental damage and cost of reinstatement measures
  • Advising a UK commodities trader and a London law firm on matters of Russian tort law in bankruptcy proceedings against an oil refinery
  • Representing several Belize creditors in a Russian Commercial Court and a Court of Appeal in a complex bankruptcy of a shipyard

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Professional Experience

  • Associate, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, New York/USA (since 2020)
  • Associate, NAVICUS.LAW, St. Petersburg/Russia (2018-2020)
  • Intern, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPAM), St. Petersburg/Russia (2017)


  • LL.M. in Admiralty Law (with distinction), Tulane University Law School, New Orleans/USA (2019-2020)
  • LL.B., National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’, St. Petersburg/Russia (graduated and qualified to practice Russian law in 2019)