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Certificate in Chartering

Build your understanding of charterparty contracts - training course by tutored distance learning

Starts 08 April 2021

Online Learning


Course Director:

Alex McIntosh, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper

Alex McIntosh is a member of the shipping group at Penningtons Manches Cooper, and advises on disputes arising under charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding and restructuring contracts, as well as salvage work, including casualties and LOF. Alex also has experience in trade, including work on letters of credit, sale and purchase contracts, factoring, debt collection, insurance, coverage advice, facility agreements, transactional documentation and policy wordings.

Alex joined Penningtons Manches Cooperr in 2017 from Clyde & Co, where he had worked since 1987. He has over thirty years of maritime law experience and has practiced in Greece, London, and Hong Kong, where he qualified.

Course Authors:

Nick Austin, Partner, Clyde & Co LLP

Nick is a partner in the Marine and International Trade department in London. He joined Clyde & Co in 2002 and has been a partner since 2005. He acts for charterers, traders, shipowners and P&I clubs on charterparty, bill of lading, offshore and general shipping issues. He is also regularly instructed by a wide range of overseas lawyers with whom he has built strong links. Nick lectures nationally and internationally on legal aspects of shipping and trading. He speaks at conferences organised by ASDEM, The Oxford Princeton Programme in London and Singapore, and conducts frequent workshops for the Lloyd's Maritime Academy and for individual clients.

Charles Baker, Arbitrator and Former Solicitor, North of England P&I Association

Charles Baker studied French and German and law at Cambridge University. He qualified as solicitor in 1974 and joined Holman Fenwick Willan, becoming partner in 1978.  Since 2010 he has worked full-time as arbitrator in maritime cases, as well as disputes involving international trade contracts, mainly in London, but also in Singapore, Hong Kong, Hamburg and Geneva. Charles has been a regular speaker at international maritime conferences on five continents during the past 30 years and contributor to legal journals in England and France.

Jeffrey Blum, Director, Interlink International Trading (UK) Ltd

Jeffrey Blum is the fourth generation of a shipping family and has been involved in shipping since 1973. He has been a member of the Baltic Exchange since 1976. He has worked with a Lloyd's underwriter and Lloyd’s broker, as a shipbroker, charterer, ship owner and ship operator, gasoil futures broker and commodities trader, both in London and abroad. He founded his company Interlink International Trading (UK) Ltd in 1994 and is an active maritime commercial claims consultant and arbitrator. He has been lecturing since 1984 on several subjects of Maritime Studies and Law at universities and colleges in London and throughout the UK.

Ruth Hosking, Barrister at Law, Quadrant Chambers

Ruth Hosking is a member of Quadrant Chambers. Her practice encompasses commercial litigation and arbitration, shipping (including carriage, charterparties, formal investigations and salvage) insurance and banking. She is regularly instructed on a broad range of Bill of Lading and Charterparty disputes. She has been instructed in numerous arbitrations including ICC, LCIA and LMAA.