Ian Fisher heads YKVN’s shipping practice.  He is an English lawyer with more than fourteen years’ post-qualification experience. Ian will also be a member of YKVN’s international arbitration practice group. His practice will continue to focus on shipping, shipbuilding and offshore oil & gas disputes. He has experience conducting international arbitrations with seats in numerous countries under various auspices including UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, VIAC, SCMA, GAFTA and LMAA. Ian also has substantial experience in conducting litigation proceedings before the English High Court.

Ian was the Managing Director of the Singapore office of Nordisk, a leading FD&D Club advising and representing Nordisk’s members, on a wide range of shipping and offshore matters.  Prior to joining Nordisk, Ian was a partner at K&L Gates, an international law firm which he joined from DLA Piper, a leading global law firm where he worked in the London, Tokyo and Singapore offices as part of the litigation and disputes resolution team.  Ian started his legal career in 1999 in London working for Ince & Co., a global leader in shipping law firms.

Offshore Oil and Gas and Construction

  • Advising European owner in relation to disputes under an EPC contract dvising European owner in relation to disputes under an EPC contract for an FPSO. Principal issues including disputed change orders, liability for defects, delay/extension of time and warranty issues.
  • Acting for European shipyard claimant in €100 million SCMA arbitration proceedings concerning the refurbishment and upgrade of a semi-submersible offshore drilling unit. Principal issues include delay, disruption, extension of time, work scope variations and extra costs. 
  • Assisting offshore contractor in negotiating terms with an oil major for a DLB (Derrick/Lay Barge) for installation of wellhead platforms and subsea pipelines in Gulf of Thailand.
  • Advising drilling contractor on disputes arising under drilling contract for offshore Malaysia.
  • Advising Asian shipyard on contract for topsides construction and integration for two FPSOs for operation offshore Brazil.
  • Advising lessor in disputes under Lease for large newbuild/conversion FPSO vessel for offshore Australia. Further advising on contractual issues connected with delays following blow out and fire at offshore field. The total value of issues in dispute was in the region of US$150 million.
  • Acting for contractors in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of a polyethylene plant in Saudi Arabia. This involved claims for additional works, delay, disruption and acceleration costs.
  • Acting for a South Korean shipyard in US$250 million arbitration involving claims arising out of the construction of two jack-up rigs.
  • Acting for a Singaporean shipyard in substantial LCIA arbitration involving disputes concerning the construction of an FPSO.
  • Involved in claim in the Technology and Construction Court, London involving disputes concerning the construction of an FPSO.


Shipping and International Trade

  • Wide ranging experience of advising on all aspects of dry shipping including: demurrage, off hire disputes, unsafe port/berth claims, exercise of liens, underperformance claims, re-delivery and withdrawal claims.
  • Acting for European owner in London arbitration proceedings concerning non-performance of long-term COA.
  • Advising owner on possible warranty claims for series of vessels under shipbuilding contracts.
  • Acting for Vietnamese shipyard in a series of SIAC arbitrations in disputes concerning purchase and supply of deck cranes and other equipment.
  • Advising Japanese owner in relation to non-delivery of a ship being built by Chinese shipyard.  Included advising on issues, such as frustration, in teation to a sales purchase agreement and long-term time charter.
  • Advising a Japanese big three ship owner on proposed joint venture agreement with South American operator, including advising on potential anti-trust law implications.
  • Acting for Greek owners successfully defending a claim in the Commercial Court, London for cargo contamination.
  • Involved in multi-defendant proceedings on behalf of shipbrokers defending a >$100 million negligence claim in relation to a failed investment in a container line company.
  • Arbitration involving the dissolution of a joint venture and the manner of disposing of the vessels. This case involved the defence of an application for the removal of an arbitrator pursuant to Section 24(1) of the Arbitration Act 1996.
  • Acting for owners in a case concerning a cargo of fertilizer cargo which was quarantined by Australian authorities due to the presence of contaminants. This matter involved proceedings in England, Australia and Bangladesh.
  • Acting for owners in a london arbitration involving claims arising out of repairs to a seismic vessel.
  • Various non-contentious work including advising on draft shipbuilding contracts, charter parties and individual clauses.



  • Acting for Insurers in arbitration proceedings in Bangkok and Singapore, defending claims for Property Damage and Business Interruption losses suffered by resorts in the Maldives and Phuket, Thailand following the tsunami in 2004.
  • Acting for Insurers in an ad-hoc arbitration before a Tribunal in Bangkok, Thailand.  Successfully defending a claim for Business Interruption losses suffered by a hotel in Phuket, Thailand following the tsunami in 2004.
  • Advising Japanese Insurers in defending claim involving damage to submarine telecommunications cable.
  • Acting Insureds definding a claim brought in the Commercial Court, London involving the destruction by fire of a "super yacht".
  • Advising reinsurers on coverage issues in relation to a number of claims brought by a South American oil company under a liability insurance policy.









Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, York, 1997 (Commendation)

Graduate Diploma in Law, The College of Law, York, 1996

B.A., University of Southampton, 1995 (History, Hons II(i))

  • England and Wales