Chris Kidd


Chris is a director in the London office.

Chris advises clients worldwide on a wide range of non-contentious and contentious matters in the shipping, offshore and renewable energy sectors.

After practising in Hong Kong from 1995 to 2001 Chris developed a particular focus on shipbuilding, conversion/repair and offshore construction including offshore windfarms. He has advised yards, buyers, banks and others in relation to contract drafting/negotiation of shipbuilding, conversion and repair contracts, refund guarantees, performance guarantees, consultancy agreements, design agreements and service agreements. He has represented parties in disputes involving arbitration and High Court proceedings relating to delay and disruption claims, variations, warranties, termination and refund guarantee issues. Recent experience includes MODU’s, LNG carriers, wind turbine installation vessels, vessels operating in the renewable sector, offshore support vessels, cruise liners, passenger ferries and superyachts as well as conventional vessels.

Chris has been involved in a significant number of high-profile cases involving accidents to offshore vessels, fixed and floating platforms including the BP Thunderhorse, Bombay High North and Piper Alpha.

Chris also advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts in the renewables sector including offshore wind farm installation contracts, charterparties and contracts for the construction of wind farm installation vessels and ASV’s.

He has worked with BIMCO to develop the standard form industry contracts including NEWBUILDCON, CONVERSIONCON, SUPPLYTIME 2017 and WINDTIME.

What Our Clients Say About Chris

  • "Understands client needs and always gives first-class advice” - Legal  500
  • "A real  asset" - Legal 500
  • "Chris Kidd has a vast experience in shipbuilding matters" - Legal 500