Ben Horn – Solicitor
Ben is a veteran disputes resolution lawyer with 35 years’ experience. Ben was formerly special counsel in the London office of a US law firm, specialising in international commercial arbitration and litigation, and partner in a leading London based disputes resolution firm, where he was head of commercial litigation. He has vast experience of handling arbitrations conducted under the LMAA, ICC and LCIA rules involving a wide range of matters, including disputes arising out of on and off shore energy, engineering, refining contracts, construction disputes, waterborne transport, aviation, and insurance.
Ben is a seasoned litigator having acted in the Commercial Court in relation to shareholders disputes, in complex fraud cases involving allegations of conspiracy, and has successfully defended statutory demands. He acted in one of the leading reported cases in relation to piercing of the corporate veil. He acted in one of the largest asset recovery matters on behalf of a Swiss bank successfully recovering very substantial sums, coordinating worldwide actions in multiple jurisdictions. He has extensive experience in obtaining and defending freezing injunctions. His experience in interlocutory matters extends to anti-suit injunctions restraining proceedings brought in breach of an agreed jurisdiction clause. Ben has been involved in numerous challenges to arbitration awards and handled commercial cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice, being one of the first English lawyers to have done so.
He is a Chartered arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the panel of Arbitrators maintained by the China Maritime Arbitration Commission, Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators; a Supporting Member of London Maritime Arbitrators Association and a Member of Indian Maritime Association.
Norair Babadjanian – Solicitor (England & Wales) and Advocate (Russia)
Norair Babadjanian is a British and Russian citizen and a dual qualified English and Russian lawyer specialising in international dispute resolution.
He read law at the University of Latvia, at Tulane Law School in the US, and at Cambridge University in England.
Norair is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and of the London Court of International Arbitration Users’ Council (LCIA), as well as a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association (LMAA).
Norair is regularly appointed as a counsel in complex evidence heavy multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes conducted in major European, North American and South-East Asian litigation centres, as well as under the auspices of the leading arbitral institutions such as the LCIA and LMAA (London), ICC (Paris), SCC (Stockholm), VIAC (Vienna), ICDR (New York), and ICSID (Washington, DC).
Norair’s professional career includes training with Healy & Baillie LLP, a Wall Street law firm in New York, and then many years with Ince & Co., a premier City of London disputes resolution practice. He was the head of Moscow operations at DLA Weiss Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH in Vienna at the launch of their Russian endeavour in 2004, and then the Moscow partner head of DLA Piper’s international dispute resolution group in Russia & CIS. Norair subsequently joined the London and Moscow offices of Dewey & LeBoeuf, a white shoe New York law firm, as the head of the firm’s international dispute resolution practice in Russia & CIS.
Until 2013 Norair practised at 12 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers in London, spearheaded by late Arthur Marriott QC, a forefather of modern English arbitration.
Norair remains a member of the Redstone Chambers based in Moscow.
Akshay Misra – Solicitor
Akshay has an LLM from Newcastle University and was a researcher at the Oxford University Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He started his career in the Hamburg office of a major international Law Firm and subsequently he joined a large London based insurer. He has been with HCO since 2011 and is active handling cases in all the main practice areas of the firm but with specific emphasis on arbitration and High Court litigation and the resolution of cross border disputes. He regularly acts in LMAA, ICC and LCIA arbitrations and appears in the Commercial Court in London.
Akshay is a member of the British Japanese Law Association; a member of the executive committee of the Indian Maritime Association and is fluent in Hindi, speaks Urdu and is currently learning Japanese.
Jim Allsworth – Consultant
Jim was with Ince and Co for almost 20 years, being an integral part of their wet team. He has extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of salvage, collision and wreck removal. He was managing director of C Solutions Limited and has been a consultant to HCO since 2009, providing expertise in all areas of wet shipping.
Chris Beesley – Consultant
Chris has been a consultant with HCO since 2008. He is an admiralty specialist having extensive experience of dealing with all sorts of marine casualty claims for ship owners and their insurers. Major casualties which he has handled include most of the major international cruise ship casualties of the last 20 years, a number of recent piracy incidents and numerous high value collision and salvage cases.
After more than three decades with Ince & Co in Hong Kong and the UK latterly as joint head of the shipping casualty department, Chris established the C Solutions Group in 2000 and is group CEO based in Singapore having relocated to Asia in 2010.
Sacha Christopher – Consultant
Sacha is a solicitor qualified in both South Africa and Australia. He was a senior solicitor at a leading law firm in London for a number of years, where he advised and litigated on a range of dry shipping issues for both owners and charterers. He has also worked as a senior claims executive at an International Group P&I Club and as in-house counsel at one of the world’s largest shipping lines, as well as Senior Legal Counsel at one of the world’s premier cruise lines.
Sacha advises in relation to dry shipping litigation, acting for owners, charterers, transport intermediaries, their insurers and P&I Clubs, with a particular emphasis on disputes relating to charter parties, the supply and carriage of goods, agency, contracts of affreightment and bills of lading. He also acts for cruise lines and other transport and tour operators in relation to the defence of personal injury claims, the drafting of terms and conditions as well as issues relating to general commercial and insurance law.
Chris Charalambides – Solicitor
Chris was admitted as a solicitor in 1987. His recent work has involved him in a wide range of contentious and non contentious shipping and non shipping work. On the shipping side, he has been involved in handling major casualty investigations, the negotiations for the sale of a super yacht, cargo claims and defences, charter party and shipbuilding disputes as well as disputes arising under FFA contracts and in consequence of foreign bankruptcy procedures. He has broad experience in defending cargo claims on behalf of ship interests.
On the non contentious side his practice extends to advising clients of the firm in connection with commercial agreements, joint ventures and corporate structure including advising in connection with the complex issues arising out of the liquidation of a major UK based ship owner and charterer, including supervision of NY litigation that has ensued.
James joined us in 2019. He has a Diploma in Business Administration. He has an Introduction to Shipping Certificate from The Nautical Institute and is currently studying for International Group P&I qualification. He is involved in the full breadth of the work undertaken by the firm.