Philip Vagin is a Senior associate at our London office with a strong focus on charterparty and commodity disputes, as well as security actions and asset investigations.

Philip concentrates his work on acting for shipowners, charterers and traders in London and US arbitrations involving strings of charterparties or sale contracts.

Apart from his primary focus on charterparty and commodity disputes, Philip regularly advises clients on sanctions, recovery of assets and enforcement, particularly in the United States. His professional interests also include general commercial arbitration and bunker supply disputes.

Philip is a member of the Russian Maritime Law Association (RUMLA) and often contributes to its publications. He obtained his LL.M. in Admiralty Law (with distinction) from Tulane University.

In addition to his New York license, Philip is qualified to practice Russian law since 2019.

Philip works in English (fluent), Russian (native) and Spanish (intermediate). He is an avid coffee lover and is enthusiastic about the world coffee industry.

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

  • Acting for a large chartering group in an SMA arbitration involving complicated questions about recovery of detention damages
  • Secured a favourable settlement of a demurrage claim by obtaining an alter ego attachment of bank accounts in the US
  • Advised a leading shipping line on standard terms and conditions for online container bookings
  • Negotiated a successful settlement of charterers’ quality claims against suppliers of contaminated bunker fuel
  • Assisting a major trading entity with recovery of prepayments under a series of biofuel sale contracts
  • Advising several major shipowners and charterers on multiple off-hire incidents due to crew testing positive for COVID-19
  • Investigated the corporate structure of a Chinese shipowning group to secure an alter ego attachment of a vessel in Louisiana and a successful settlement for claimant owners

Interested in specific aspects of Philip’s recent work? Contact [email protected] for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Senior Associate, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, London/UK (since 2023)
  • Associate, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, New York/USA (2020-2023)
  • 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)


  • Russian Maritime Law Association (RUMLA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIARb)