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The Team


MARYAM TAHER

Maryam Taher is the firm's founding partner. She has over twenty years' experience in the shipping industry having previously worked at Clyde & Co, Hill Dickinson, W K Webster as in-house legal counsel, and also at a P&I Club before setting up her own practice in 2004.

Maryam has handled a variety of work, from non-contentious advice, to arbitrations relating to demurrage and detention, to sole conduct of large scale multi-jurisdictional disputes, and major cases such as the US$800m "Kuwaiti Airways" case following the invasion of Kuwait by the Iraqi Government. More recently, Maryam has successfully brought actions in the European General Court to annul the applicability of the European sanctions against Iranian nuclear proliferation insofar as they apply to her clients. Her cases and clients represented in the European Courts are in record numbers and none of the successful judgments have been appealed.

Maryam holds an LLM degree in Maritime Law from Southampton University and speaks fluent Farsi/Persian and Azerbaijani/Turkish. She also has basic knowledge of Arabic.

Memberships and Affiliations
Law Society of England and Wales
British Marine Lawyers' Association (BMLA)
Association of Average Adjusters (AAA)
The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
Previous Representative Experience
  • Advised in relation to the USD800 million "Kuwaiti Airways" case following the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990.
  • Represented majority interests on behalf of a large number of London underwriters in the "Cita" case, the vessel which sank off the Isles of Scilly in March 1997 giving rise to major claims by cargo interests worldwide. She was responsible for handling claims of over US$2m under 34 bills of lading, with 10 underwriters and in multiple jurisdictions, including Germany, where the limitation fund was set up.
  • Successfully fought an anti-suit injunction concerning the "pay-to-be-paid" principle which involved both Swedish and English jurisdictions.
  • Was responsible for the successful mediation representing the XL Capital insurance, Zurich. The dispute resulted from carriage of DRI when she argued that even a small amount of moisture could cause overheating and explosion.
  • Advised underwriters in relation to the incident following the fire on board the "Hanjin Pennsylvania".
  • Represented the German shipowners, Rickmers, in several shipping claims including one concerning professional indemnity.
  • Was involved in the "MSC Napoli" incident successfully representing QBE Insurer.
  • Represented various parties in a high profile piracy case with complications concerning multiple cargo receivers based in Iran resulting in a successful settlement.
  • Successfully represented the Japan P&I in a complicated matter where proceedings had been commenced in an Iranian court.
  • Represented West of England P&I club in a grounding case in Iranian waters.


TIM STEPHENSON

Tim has over 25 years' experience in international trade, insurance and shipping, ranging from rapid advice on a sale contract, policy or fixture wording to daily management of an ongoing casualty.

He spent four years in industry amid the chartering and operations benches of an oil major, where he undertook specialist responsibility for the legal aspects of a tanker fleet and enhanced skills in rapid response to operational problems. He was a member of the Emergency Response facility and developed great expertise in sanctions, especially as regards Russia and Iran, and other regulatory matters.

His broad experience of carriage of goods and weighty commercial litigation includes claims following armed hijack of cigarettes, contamination of soft commodities and the break-up of an iconic rock band.

A confident public speaker, Tim has frequently provided seminars internally and for industry bodies at home and overseas, on maritime law and practice, operational issues, anti-money-laundering, anti-bribery and corruption and sanctions, and he has been a regular contributor to the legal and related industry media.



PARIS PANTELIS

Paris is a shipping litigation specialist dealing with a wide range of maritime matters in English High Court proceedings and London arbitrations, especially those under LMAA terms. He has particular experience in complex charterparty, bill of lading, MOA, cargo and large scale shipbuilding disputes, and has acted on numerous enforcement (ship arrest) actions in a variety of jurisdictions.

Paris' practice also encompasses sanctions-related work. He has been heavily involved in actions challenging the applicability of sanctions in the EU and UK Courts and regularly advises on international sanctions interpretation and compliance.

Paris joined M Taher & Co from Reed Smith LLP. A dual qualified lawyer, admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and an advocate in Greece, Paris has working knowledge of both the English and Greek legal systems and a variety of experience having worked in private practice and in-house.

Paris holds an LLM from University College London (UCL) and is fluent in Greek and German.

Education, Professional Qualifications and Affiliations
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, LLB (Hons), 2009
University College London, LLM in International Business Law, 2010
Member of the Greek Law Society, The Law Society, the Young Maritime Professionals Association (YMP), UCL alumni
Languages
Greek, German
Previous Representative Experience
  • Wuhu Guoyu Logistics Group v Emporiki Bank SA [2013] (Court of Appeal) 1 Lloyd's Rep. 161, enforcement of on-demand bonds.
  • Firodi Shipping Limited v Griffon Shipping LLC, The "Griffon" [2013], (Court of Appeal) EWCA Civ 1567, claim for unpaid deposit.


TERRY OGG

Terry is an independent marine investigator, consultant and a former Master Mariner holding a British Class 1 (Master Mariner) Deck Officer's Certificate of Competency. In addition to running his own consultancy, OGG Expert, Terry works as a consultant to M Taher & Co. Terry served 16 years at sea in commercial trading vessels from deck cadet to master before coming ashore in 1990 to join Clyde & Co where he worked for 15 years as case-handler, in-house technical consultant and investigator based in the London, Guildford and Singapore offices. Terry has acted as expert witness in English High Court, PRC Court (Wuhan) and London and Hong Kong arbitration. He has a keen professional interest in safety management and human factors in marine and offshore casualties. Terry is experienced in handling and investigating cases brought or defended in English High Court; London, Singapore & New York arbitration; the Singapore & Hong Kong Courts and a number of other legal jurisdictions on behalf of Hull & Machinery, Energy, Marine Liability, Cargo and War Risks Underwriters, P & I Insurers, shipowners & managers, salvors, port operators, shipyards, offshore installation operators, loss & average adjusters, logistics companies and claims representatives.
Education, Professional Qualifications and Affiliations
  • Education
    03/1974 - 06/1988 - Periodic study at Fleetwood Nautical College and Liverpool Polytechnic for professional qualifications from Deck Officer Class 3 to Deck Officer Class 1 certificates and ONC in Nautical Studies.
  • Courses
    03/2011 Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems (ECDIS) 3 days.
    01/2009 Kelvin Hughes Voyage Data Recorder.
    10/1998 Auditor/Lead Auditor for ISM/ISO9001.
    03/1997 Cognitive Interviewing Techniques.
    10/1991 Southampton University Short Law Course.
  • Professional Qualifications
    10/1998 British Class I (Master Mariner) Certificate of Competency.
    03/1978 Ordinary National Certificate in Nautical Studies.
Previous Representative Experience
Over the last 25 years Terry has investigated and advised on:
  • Collisions, allisions, salvage, towage disputes, navigational errors, groundings & strandings, voyage planning disputes.
  • Ship repair disputes, engine room and deck machinery claims, structural failures, offshore industry casualties, total losses, fires and explosions.
  • Dry cargo loss & damage including project cargoes and contamination, loading, stowage, securing and carriage disputes
  • Unsafe port & berth claims, off-hire and speed & consumption disputes, lay time disputes.
  • Loss of life and personal injury claims, mega/super-yacht cases, piracy, phantom ship losses.
  • Marine aspects of major offshore casualties, loss of station keeping & DP system issues.

Terry has investigated and advised upon many significant casualties and disputes (among them several high profile, high value and causatively complex energy/offshore casualties) including:
  • The "INDIAN GRACE" cargo fire (subsequently referred to the House of Lords)
  • The foundering of the "MURREE" in the English Channel in 1989.
  • The "BRITISH TRENT" collision with "WESTERN WINNER" off Wandelaar in 1993.
  • The stranding of the "GOODWILL" on Muirfield Seamount in 1997.
  • The Capesize bulk carrier "CAPE PROVIDENCE" structural failure in the Indian Ocean in 1997.
  • The "MOUNT 1" collision with "ICL VIKRAMAN" in Malacca Strait in 1997.
  • The "NYK ARGUS" container vessel cargo fire in the Mediterranean in 2004.
  • The collision between "KAMAL XXIV", "KAMAL XXVI" and "ARIELA in India in 2004 and subsequent liability and quantum actions in the English Admiralty Court.
  • The loss of the Bombay High North production platform and the support vessel "SAMUDRA SURAKSHA" off Mumbai, India in 2005.
  • The loss of the semi-submersible production platform "A TURTLE" (ex "PETROBRAS XXI") while under tow in the South Atlantic Ocean in 2006.
  • The "MSC ROMA" allision with port container cranes in Korea in 2007.
  • The grounding of the "IRENE E M" off Dahej, India in 2009.
  • The loss of station keeping incident involving the FPSO "GRYPHON A" in the North Sea in 2011.
  • The salvage of the "DOUBLE PROSPERITY" off Mindanao following a stranding in 2011.
Selected Papers & Presentations
  • "IMO's International Safety Management Code" – The International Journal of Shipping Law 1996, 143.
  • "Investigating and Managing Casualties" – Various client venues, 2005 onwards.
  • "Confessions of a Marine Investigator" – International Marine Claims Conference, Dublin 2005.
  • "Masters in Collision" - International Marine Claims Conference, Dublin 2006.
  • "The Human Element in Marine Casualty Investigation – Obstacles & Opportunities" – NASA Mishap Investigation Workshop, Tyson's Corner, Virginia 2006.
  • "Ship Collisions and Marine Insurers" – SwissRe Claims Seminar, London 2007.
  • "The Human Element in Marine Casualties" – The Standard P&I Club, London 2008.
  • "Witness Interviews & Human Responses: Lessons from the Field" – NASA Technical Interchange Meeting, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California 2009.
  • "The Trouble with Black Boxes" – International Underwriting Association, London 2011.
  • "FPSO Station Keeping" – Energy Claims Conference, Lillehammer 2012.


PHILIP NORWOOD

Philip is a qualified insurance professional with over 25 years of experience dealing with all types of marine insurance and other insurance related products.

Having represented brokers, Lloyd's syndicates, insurers and commodity traders, Philip has a comprehensive knowledge of worldwide marine business as well as having been a lead practitioner for general average, salvage and piracy claims on behalf of Zurich, a global insurer. His management of major losses, dispute resolution, claims recoveries and risk management of high profile accounts means that he is a recognised leading expert in the marine market. Furthermore, he was the first IUMI cargo representative to be given a seat at the Lloyd's Salvage Group and has also sat on the Joint Cargo Committee.

He is currently engaged in the management of large losses, together with mediation of several large disputed claims and recoveries of disputed claims.



GERASIMOS KACHRAMANOGLOU

Gerasimos is a trainee solicitor with the Firm's shipping and commodities team. He joined M Taher & Co as a paralegal in November 2015 from another city law firm specialising in marine insurance and general average related matters, as well as bills of lading and charter party disputes.

Prior to that, Gerasimos gained considerable experience in his capacity as an operations assistant at an international, Piraeus-based, containership company and, subsequently, as a legal assistant at a leading shipping law firm in Athens.

Gerasimos completed his Legal Practice Course in 2014, and holds a LLM in International Commercial Law from City University London, having been awarded a full scholarship for "Student Excellence".

Gerasimos is a native Greek speaker and is actively involved in the firm's pro-bono activities.

Education, Professional Qualifications and Affiliations
Panteion University of Athens, Bachelors in History and Politics, 2009
City University London, Graduate Entry LLB (Hons), 2012
City University London, LLM in Maritime Law and Banking, 2013
The University of Law, Legal Practice Certificate (LPC), 2014

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