Richard Neylon is a Partner at the international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan LLP (HFW). He handles major incidents and disputes for marine, liability, war, kidnap & ransom, art/specie, cyber, and special risks underwriters and their assureds. Richard is a regular speaker at IUMI, an IUMI Professional Partner (IPP), and a member of the IUMI Ocean Hull Committee.
Richard is a recognised specialist in handling major marine casualties and acts for a range of shipowners, charterers, and insurers in wet and dry shipping disputes. He has particular experience of collisions, fires/explosions, salvage, piracy, capture/seizure, groundings, unsafe port claims, and war risks – often involving complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration.
He was instructed by many of the major war insurers in respect of 27 vessels that were stranded in Ukrainian ports as a result of the war. He dealt with the initial emergency crew evacuations, trade/contractual disputes, deemed Constructive Total Losses (CTL), and the post-CTL sale of vessels.
Richard also heads HFW’s global Complex Environments team, specialising in major incidents and disputes for corporations and their insurers in hostile and complex environments globally. This includes matters arising from major loss, war, terrorism, political risks, kidnappings, hijackings, extortions, detention of people and property, and other challenging events.