Richard Murray is a Senior Associate with a broad international litigation practice focused on marine insurance, major casualty handling, commercial shipping, shipbuilding and yachting. He has extensive experience of running complex high value claims before the English Commercial and Admiralty Courts, London Maritime Arbitration (LMAA) tribunals and other specialist proceedings under a variety of institutional rules.

Based in London, Richard previously trained and worked at a leading shipping law firm. He has acted for (re)insurers of hull and machinery, liability, cargo and war risks in the UK, European and East Asian markets. As well as international P&I clubs, shipowners, charterers, marine engineers, shipyards, private security contractors, oil majors, banks, commodities houses, and government departments. He also completed a 6-month in-house claims secondment with a marine insurance syndicate at Lloyds.

In addition to handing commercial disputes under charter parties, contracts of carriage, build contracts and insurance policies; Richard’s experience extends to all matters involving limitation of liability (including fund setup), salvage, towage, general average, dive spreads, piracy response, collisions, wreck removal, arrest (security) proceedings, and obtaining jurisdictional (anti-suit) and injunctive relief.

Beyond litigation, Richard has provided assistance on the drafting of multiple transactional documents, policy wordings and revision of statutory rules. He has also given ad hoc opinions or presentations on specialised sub-disciplines, including autonomous shipping, Smart Contracts, treasure, war graves and heritage sites, fisheries, demining and prize law.

Richard is a 2005 graduate of the London School of Economics and was later awarded a research distinction from the University of Cape Town. Prior to being admitted as a Solicitor-Advocate in 2015 and called to the Bar the following year, he was in-house counsel and board company secretary for a leading marine security contractor in the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. He has served with the British Army on operational tours in the Persian Gulf, and brings valuable diplomatic and military input to the global outlook of his legal practice.

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Highlights of Richard’s previous work include the following:

  • Advising subrogated hull and increased value underwriters, in conjunction with ship owners, on successfully obtaining mandatory injunctive relief in the English High Court against foreign proceedings following a collision.
  • Advising cargo owners on their obligations under international conventions on the transhipment of waste products, procuring onward carriage following a casualty event, and recovery prospects.
  • Assisting H&M underwriters in the procurement of tug assistance, and the recoverability of costs following a casualty in South America.
  • Drafting contracts for the provision of armed and unarmed counter-piracy security services, and advising clients on UK export regulations governing the trade in controlled goods and the status of embargoed countries.
  • Assisting shipowners and liability insurers following the boarding and subsequent detention of a vessel by coalition military forces implementing international sanctions on the import of embargoed goods to monitored high risk conflict zones.
  • Advising yacht owners on the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (1976) and assisting in the preparation of limitation claims, court administered funds, and dealing with concurrent arrest proceedings in several Commonwealth jurisdictions.
  • Advising liability insurers on High Court (Admiralty) proceedings, coverage, and limitation issues arising from the collision of vessels during a storm, and concurrent damage to sub-sea cabling. Case management responsibility for subsequent proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Obtaining a successful LMAA arbitration award for the American builders of a luxury superyacht against a high net worth buyer; involving issues relating to non-performance, early termination and material breaches of the relevant build contract.
  • Acting for H&M underwriters in relation to the constructive total loss of a bulk carrier to fire from ammonium nitrate cargo decomposition, dealing with subsequent salvage issues, security undertaking and subrogated recovery proceedings.
  • Obtaining a substantial LMAA award for the owners of a bulk carrier for losses sustained as a result of charterer’s nomination of an unsafe port/berth in North Africa during the Arab Spring, and successful defeat of application for appeal to the High Court;
  • Advising Lloyd’s cargo insurers of coverage issues on the potential loss by fraud of commodities held in Chinese warehouses for the purposes of repro-financing transactions, and related High Court proceedings between the assured banks and commodity houses;
  • Advising Lloyd’s hull underwriters on coverage issues and subrogated recovery prospects on multiple claims arising from the damage to, or loss of commercial vessels and yachts resulting from fire, flooding, engine defects, defective repairs and/or lightning strikes;
  • Acting for owners, hull underwriters, and P&I in relation to the collision of vessels in the Bay of Bengal including drafting CPR Part 61 settlement correspondence, advising on single liability principle issues and drafting statements of case;
  • Acting for successful owners in CPR Part 86 interpleader proceedings in the High Court against multiple respondents with competing interests in a subject cargo, determination of disposal and arrangement of Court appointment receivers;
  • Advising a South American oil & gas company on breach of contract/product defect issues arising in expert determination and arbitration proceedings involving the galvanic corrosion of offshore drilling risers on platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Defending Lloyd’s hull underwriters in the High Court against the owners of a fishing vessel lost by fire, and advising on related issues of policy avoidance, valuation, and material non-disclosure to underwriters.
  • Negotiating and amending multiple wreck removal contracts under WRECKFIX/WRECKSTAGE/WRECKHIRE pro forma terms.
  • Advising London hull underwriters on the position of coverage under polices that include CL380 Cyber Attack Exclusion provisions and contributing to working committees on the amendment/extension of cyber cover in marine insurance.
  • Advising on the drafting and performance of multiple contracts (collective value above US$130million) in support of substantial government-backed post-conflict reconstruction works in Iraq, and co-ordinating trade and investment objectives with UK and US diplomatic missions.
  • Advising contractors on the drafting of internal compliance procedures conforming to UK anti-bribery legislation, international rules for the use of force and United Nation tender accreditation.

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

Professional Experience

  • Senior Associate, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, London/UK (since 2021)
  • Senior Associate, Campbell Johnston Clark, London/UK (2019-2021)
  • Associate, Campbell Johnston Clark, London/UK (2015-2019)
  • Trainee Solicitor, Campbell Johnston Clark, London/UK (2013-2015)
  • Legal Counsel-Group Company Secretary, MUSC, Ras Al Khaimah/United Arab Emirates (2010-2011)
  • Chief of Staff, MUSC, London/UK (2009-2010)
  • British Army

Education

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Joint Award), University of Oxford & OXILP, Oxford/UK (2011-2012)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law, London/UK (2007-2009)
  • MScSoc in International Relations (with thesis distinction), University of Cape Town, Western Province/South Africa (2005-2007)
  • BA (Hons.). London School of Economics, London/UK (2002-2005)
  • Certified Islamic Finance Executive (CIFE), Dubai/United Arab Emirates (2013)
  • Cornell University-Nanyang Summer Executive Programme, Singapore (2007)
  • London School of Economics-Peking University Summer Programme, Beijing/China (2005)