Constantin von Hirsch


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Constantin is an Associate Solicitor. He specialises in shipping litigation including all types of dry disputes relating to Bills of Lading and charterparty disputes including frustration, speed and performance claims, hull-fouling and force majeure incidents.

Constantin has also worked as an Executive Claims Handler at an International Group P&I Club, managing a wide variety of P&I and FD&D matters including cargo claims, laytime and demurrage, off-spec bunkers and General Average. He is experienced in Commercial Court procedure and in cases heard under LMAA terms.

Constantin is focused on providing clients with a service that prioritises their business needs, delivering commercial results in critical situations.

Constantin's Career Highlights

Emergency Response PlusMinus

Examples of major incidents handled by Constantin:

  • Engine breakdown in Pacific Ocean (a ‘Houston bunkers’ case).

  • Collision in Panama Canal.

  • Collision at Singapore anchorage.

Dispute Resolution PlusMinus

Examples of disputes handled by Constantin:

  • High Court proceedings in connection with a constructive total loss of a ferry.

  • High Court proceedings arising out of a collision in the South China Sea.

  • Numerous LMAA arbitrations covering a wide range of claims.

Investigations PlusMinus

Examples of investigations handled by Constantin:

  • Investigation into cause of engine room flooding on an offshore FSO vessel.

  • Investigation into cause of engine failure of a vessel in the in Gulf of Mexico.

  • Investigation into cause of petroleum cargo contamination.

Advisory PlusMinus

Constantin’s advisory and transactional work includes the following:

  • Advising on Charterparty terms, P&I Club cover, Shipmanagement Agreements, off-shore contracts, shipbuilding contracts, and sale contracts.

  • Advising on a wide range of Charterparty disputes and FD&D claims.

  • Advising on the sale and purchase of motor yachts.