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Andrew Horton
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Practicing for over 20 years, Andrew Horton specialises in marine issues for clients in the insurance sector.

Andrew's broad litigation and arbitration experience involves disputes relating to bills of lading, charterparties, marine insurance policies, P&I and FD&D claims. Andrew also handles claims arising from other forms of transportation including trucking contracts, rail and air movements and warehousing disputes and is regularly involved in international sales contract and documentary credit disputes. 

Andrew has built up a great deal of experience worldwide in enforcement actions involving arrest of ships and injunction orders to obtain security for his clients with regard to such disputes. Andrew's client base consists of P&I clubs, international insurers, trading companies and recovery agents.

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Highly respected in the market, Andrew Horton works on both litigation and arbitration within shipping.  Noted by market commentators for his work on cargo matters, he also has expertise within marine insurance, including P&I and FD&D claims, as well as ship arrests, charter party agreements and bills of lading. - Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

Recommended and listed as a Leading Individual - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017.

Andrew Horton ‘knows exactly what the client requires and has a thorough knowledge of Hong Kong maritime law’. - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016

Andrew Horton heads the department and has a stellar reputation for his work in the cargo claims field. He is also active on charter party and bills of lading disputes, and impresses clients with his attitude, garnering praise as someone who "is not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck into a case." - Chambers Asia Pacific 2016

Listed as a Leading Individual - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016.

Ranked as a Band 1 Lawyer - Chambers Asia Pacific 2015. 

Listed as a Leading Individual - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015.

 "Head of department Andrew Horton is described by one source as "practical and down to earth." Another praises him as an"extremely good lawyer, very smart and commercially aware" - Chambers Asia Pacific 2015

Andrew Horton "knows exactly what the client requires and has a thorough knowledge of Hong Kong maritime law". - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015

 

Memberships

Hong Kong Maritime Lawyers Association (Committee Member)

Hong Kong Admiralty Court Users committee

Hong Kong Insurance Club

Relevant work

Nam Kwong Medicines & Health Products Co. Ltd. v China Insurance Co. Ltd- defending insurers in respect of a claim brought by the assured for compensation under an ICC(A) policy for the loss of an entire cargo stolen by the operators of a "Phantom vessel"

The Blue Bridge- Owners of the vessel attempted to set aside the arrest of the vessel on the basis of change of ownership. Succeeded in defeating the application and the decision of the court clarified the definition of beneficial ownership

Parakou Shipping Pte Limited v Jinhui Shipping end Transportation Limited and ors- successfully struck out of Plaintiff's claim for abuse of process as it was a collateral attack on the findings of a related London arbitration Award

Regularly involved in such disputes as "MOL COMFORT" sinking, "NASCO DIAMOND" incident and other notable liquefaction cases as well other major casualties and losses such as the Tianjin Container Terminal Explosion.