Rebecca is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales, and has previously worked in a leading international shipping firm.
She has a broad experience of both wet and dry shipping cases and is regarded by clients for her particular expertise in dry work, having advised in relation to a range of contractual disputes arising out of COAs, charterparties and bills of lading. Rebecca successfully acted for the owners of the Amalie Essberger in the High Court, securing a decision in which the court rejected the charterer’s attempt to time bar the owner’s claim for demurrage.
Rebecca handles arbitrations on a wide range of matters, including most recently disputes involving the construction of a Letter of Indemnity, a cargo contamination, and an unsafe port claim.
Rebecca regularly leads on responses to complex multi-jurisdictional incidents. When every hour is critical in the immediate aftermath of an incident, she is decisive and solution focused with a keen ability to coordinate multiple stakeholders. If litigation ensues, clients can rely on her pragmatic and sharply analytical approach.
Becca's Career Highlights
Becca has handled the following major incidents:
The grounding of a laden VLCC in the Karimata Strait.
A major fire and subsequent sinking of a car carrier and associated pollution-response efforts.
An explosion and fire on board a chemical tanker.
Examples of disputes handled by Becca:
“Amalie Essberger” Tankreederei GmbH & Co KG v Marubeni Corporation  EWHC 3402 (Comm).
Multi-million-dollar LMAA arbitration proceedings relating to an allision between an offshore supply vessel and an oil platform.
High Court proceedings arising out of a claim for contribution in General Average following a grounding.
Becca has led the following investigations:
Investigation into cause of the contamination of a high value oil products cargo.
Investigation into cause of an engine room fire on board a laden bulk carrier.
Investigation into the cause of a grounding under pilotage of a laden bulk carrier.
Example’s of Becca’s work in this area:
The drafting of various bespoke clauses and agreements, including charterparty terms; assignments and novation agreements.
Advising on various sanctions issues, particularly those arising in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The negotiation and drafting of a substantial contract for the removal of waste from a vessel following a fire.
Consulting and Projects
Becca’s work in this area includes the following:
Update of sanctions policy for a large shipowner and operator.