Ian Short


Ian is a director in our London office.

Ian was 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 specialises 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), the leading case on the Hague Rules time bar applying to misdelivery claims, and Libyan Navigator Ltd v Lamda Maritime Holdings Sp. z. o. O [2014] EWHC 1399 (Comm), a key case regarding 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 ranges from large high-profile and multi-jurisdictional matters to advising shipping companies on day-to-day issues.

Ian is recommended in the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 2019 editions.

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 2018