Vernon Sewell


Vernon is an experienced practitioner in both the wet and dry areas of the firm’s business and is therefore uniquely placed to deal with all matters arising from a casualty, from the initial response to managing all aspects of the subsequent litigation.

As a result of his broad casualty experience Vernon is regularly instructed on all typical marine incidents including groundings, fires and collisions as well as mechanical and structural failures. He is also regularly consulted by owners, operators, charterers and marine property and liability insurers on a wide range of complex contractual problems.

Vernon’s experience includes:

  • The development of English law on limitation of liability in marine matters, particularly with reference to the 1976 Limitation Convention and with several reported cases on the subject, most notably the leading Court of Appeal decisions in the "HAPPY FELLOW" [1998] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 13 and the "LEERORT" [2001] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 291.
  • Prosecuting and defending a range of complex unsafe port matters, receiving instructions from owners and their subrograted hull insurer interests, as well as from charterers and their liability insurer interests
  • The "LEERORT" [2001] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 291
  • The "HAPPY FELLOW" [1998] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 13
  • Partner, Bentleys 1986

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