Commercial litigation specialist Jon Sharp joins Excello Law

Posted by Lesley Potter in In The News on Monday, June 12th, 2017

Jon Sharp, a specialist in commercial litigation primarily across the marine, aviation, insurance and reinsurance sectors, has joined new-model firm Excello Law from Royds Withy King.

Jon has significant experience of the insurance and reinsurance market gained over the last 25 years, dealing with coverage disputes, policy wording disputes, quantum arguments, non-disclosure issues and late notification points.

Within the marine sector, Jon has experience of dealing with port disputes, demurrage claims, charter party disputes, salvage claims, interpretation of guarantees given after arrest and has also dealt with all forms of marine arbitration, including LMAA Arbitrations, and a wide variety of cargo disputes and vessel casualties.

Jon has acted for airlines and charterers and has an in-depth knowledge of the insurances associated with such operations.  Jon has dealt with collision claims (the East Midlands mid-air collision) and bird strike and engine ingress claims.  Jon acted for Kuwait Airways in their dispute with insurers as a result of the taking of their aircraft following the invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

George Bisnought, managing director of Excello Law, commented: “Jon has significant experience as a commercial litigator and is thoroughly conversant with the Lloyds and companies insurance and reinsurance markets. He brings both breadth and depth of knowledge to our litigation and transport teams and we’re delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

On his move to Excello Law, Jon said: “Excello Law’s fully agile business model and strategy of reducing overhead costs to offer better value for clients is very compelling both for lawyers and my client base.  I am looking forward to working with the Excello Law team.”

Jon Sharp – reported cases:

  • Jon acted for Channel Ship Services in their dispute with Nautech regarding ownership of LinkedIn and Facebook accounts. [See Nautech Services Limited v CSS Limited and others – Royal Court of Jersey – 26 August 2014].
  • Jon assisted Ted Baker in their dispute with their insurers AXA following a series of thefts over a ten year period of clothing items from their warehouses. [See Ted Baker v AXA Insurance [2012] EWHC 1406 (Comm)].
  • Jon represented 7E in a cross-border dispute concerning jurisdiction where the jurisdiction clause was contained in a faxed quotation which was accepted by a signed purchase order, constituting a jurisdiction agreement under Article 23 of the Judgements regulation and Article 17 of the Brussels Convention. [See 7E Communications Ltd v Vertex Antennentechnik GmbH [2007] EWCA Civ 140].
  • Jon represented Almatrans in their dispute with Steamship Mutual regarding the interpretation of a guarantee given by Steamship after the arrest of a vessel. [See Almatrans SA v The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda) Ltd [2006] EWHC 2223 (Comm)]
  • Jon represented a Canadian Judge who had been served with proceedings by Lloyds when he was domiciled out of the jurisdiction. [See Society of Lloyds v Longtin [2005] EWHC 2491 (Comm)].
  • Jon acted for Canara Bank in their dispute with Solo Industries [See Solo Industries UK Ltd v Canara Bank: CA 3 July 2001] and in their dispute with Standard Bank [Canara Bank And Ors. vs Standard Chartered Bank Equivalent citations: AIR 2002 SC 132, I (2002) BC 176 SC, JT 2001 (9) SC 505, 2001 (8) SCALE 158, (2002) 10 SCC 697, 2001 34 SCL 843 SC, 2002 (1) UJ 252 SC 30 October 2001] and has a good knowledge of banking law, in particular as it relates to fraud.