Ian Short


Ian is a director in our London office.

After joining CJC in 2012, Ian became a founding member of the Singapore Office in 2014, helping to develop the firm’s presence across Asia, before returning to the London Office in 2019.

Ian acts for clients across the globe in commercial shipping and maritime disputes, covering the full range of P&I and defence work, marine insurance issues and disputes arising out of the sale/purchase and building of ships. Ian's practice also encompasses collisions and ship damage claims and he advises clients on international trade disputes.

Ian strives to find commercial solutions where possible but is experienced in running cases through London and Singapore arbitration and in the High Court in England, such as acting for the successful owners in the The Alhani [2018] EWHC 1495 (Comm), a leading case on the Hague Rules time bar applying to misdelivery claims, the successful appellants in Pan Ocean Co Ltd v Daelim Corporation [2023] EWHC 391 (Comm) and the owners in Libyan Navigator Ltd v Lamda Maritime Holdings Sp. z. o. O [2014] EWHC 1399 (Comm), a case concerning the interpleader procedure in the context of liened sub-hires and sub-freights.

On the non-contentious side, Ian is involved in drafting a wide range of shipping contracts, including charterparty terms, COAs and sale agreements.

Ian’s practice consists largely of complex high-profile high-value multi-jurisdictional matters but he also advises shipping companies on day-to-day issues.

Ian is recommended in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

What Our Clients Say

  • "Ian Short is ‘a first-class lawyer with outstanding legal knowledge and razor-sharp analysis’; he is ‘down to earth, with a firm but realistic approach to disputes’." – Legal 500
  • "Ian’s knowledge of the law is second to none." – Chambers & Partners
  • "He is a nice chap, who is smart and practical." – Chambers & Partners
  • “Clients enjoy working with Ian because he is "approachable and easy to deal with."” – Chambers & Partners
  • "Even at a relatively young age, Ian's level of knowledge is simply outstanding." – Chambers & Partners