Patrick O'Donovan

Curriculum Vitae

M.A. (Cantab) 1975, Barrister (Non-Practising). FCI Arb. Chartered Arbitrator
Practising Maritime & Commercial Arbitrator & Mediator (CEDR Accredited)
Member, LMAA & LCIA
British. Born 1953

Maritime and Commercial Arbitator

Practising arbitrator since 1984

Main areas of practice:-
  • disputes under charterparties, bills of lading, contracts of affreightment; sale of goods;
  • ship sale and purchase disputes;
  • ship construction and finance disputes;
  • oil trading contracts;
  • insurance disputes;
  • oil & gas disputes;
  • oil pollution and natural resource damage claims.
Previous Experience

Partner, Bowyer Marine, maritime & commercial law consultants (1983-1996)

Main areas of practice:-
  • as above;
  • liability and limitation issues arising out of marine casualties - fire & explosion, groundings;
  • oil pollution liabilities, policy matters and assessment of damage claims (involvement as advisor in several major pollution incidents);
  • environmental law.
Maritime lawyer, West of England P&I Club (1978-82).

Former practising barrister (1976-8)
Tenant, 4 Brick Court, EC4 (Chambers of David Medhurst)
Pupillage, 2 Garden Court, EC4 (Pupil of Sir John Laws)

Professional Bodies & Associations

  • Full Member & Past President, London Maritime Arbitrators Association;
  • Individual Member, LCIA.
  • Member, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration.
  • Arbitrator, China Maritime Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Chartered Arbitrator.
  • Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Shipwrights/Arbitrators.
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator.
  • Member, Baltic Exchange.
  • Member and Executive Committee Member (1996-99), British Maritime Law Association (Secretary, Pollution/HNS Sub-Committee 1992-99).
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Energy Arbitration Club.

  • Regular writer of articles and speaker on a wide range of arbitration and legal matters.

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