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Theo Hall

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Theo Hall is an associate at the firm’s London office. He is a member of the energy, infrastructure and resources practice group. His focus is primarily on disputes in the upstream oil and gas sector, in particular drilling and shipbuilding contracts, and related maritime and insurance issues. He also advises clients on contract formation in these areas.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hall served as an associate at an international law firm specializing in maritime law. He was a member of the Admiralty and Casualty Response team where he acted on behalf of shipowners, charterers and insurers on a wide range of shipping matters. He also gained considerable experience of offshore construction disputes.

Before qualifying as a solicitor, Mr. Hall also worked for a number of years in a large international Lloyd’s insurance broker, where he specialized in the placing of complex marine and offshore insurance risks and associated political risks. Whilst working in the Lloyd’s insurance market, Mr. Hall obtained his ACII qualification (the Advanced Diploma in Insurance).


  • ACII (Advanced Diploma in Insurance)
  • Acting for a drilling contractor in relation to the rescission of a shipbuilding contract for a deepwater drillship due to late delivery.
  • Acting for an offshore services company in relation to the rescission of a shipbuilding contract due to lack of progress in relation to the construction of a pipelaying vessel.
  • Acting for a drilling contractor in a dispute involving the termination of a drilling contract.
  • Owners of Al Khattiya v. Owners of Jag Laadki [2018] [EWHC 389] (Admlty) – forum non conveniens application arising out of a collision in UAE waters; establishment of limitation fund in UAE.
  • Qatar National Bank v. Owners of M/Y Force India [2018] – arrest, claim in rem and application for judicial sale on behalf of mortgagee against owner in default.
  • Acting for Owners in an arbitration in relation to a claim brought by charterers for contamination of cargo.
  • Acting for Owners in pursuing a claim under General Average bonds and guarantees against cargo interests.
  • Acting for Owners in an LOF salvage case involving settlement with salvors and defence of unseaworthiness claim from cargo interests.
  • Advising H&M underwriters in relation to a Constructive Total Loss and coverage issues under ITC Hulls 1.10.83 and division of liability with P&I Club arising therefrom.
  • Advising a Chinese bank on shipowners’ liability arising out of the 1992 Civil Liability Convention.
  • Advising two separate LNG operators in relation to (i) a contract for a newbuilding and (ii) a contract for a ship conversion.
  • Advising a large cruise operator on a contract for provision of several large cruise ships for use as floating hotels at a major sporting event.