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Terry Donaghy


Terry qualified in 1987 with London insurance law firm Elborne Mitchell. He has practiced maritime law all his career and joined Weightmans as a partner in May 2006.

He deals with all aspects of maritime law and has considerable litigation experience in the Admiralty and Commercial Court, Mercantile Courts and in London maritime arbitrations and mediation. He acts for ship owners, charterers, cargo interests and their insurers. Areas of practice include collision, salvage, carriage of goods by sea, charter party disputes, ship building and repair, marine enquiries and investigations and marine policy coverage.

He is a member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association and regularly contributes articles to shipping publications.


Insights Burden of proof for cargo claims under Hague Rules

The Commercial Court has held that the Package Limitation Provisions in Article IV Rule 5 of the Hague Rules do not apply to bulk cargo.

Insights Hague Rules Package Limitation does not apply to bulk cargoes

The Commercial Court has recently given judgment in a cargo damage claim, holding that the Package Limitation Provisions in Article IV Rule 5 of the…

Insights Consequences of charterer's failure to pay hire under time charter

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the Commercial Court that punctual payment of hire by the charterer was not a condition of the charters.

Insights Contracting out of right to limit liability

The right of ship owners to limit their liability for maritime claims is established in the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims…

Insights Measure of damages for early redelivery under a time charterparty

The court considered whether, following early wrongful termination of a time charter, the benefits to the owner arising from an immediate sale should…