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Jonathan Moss

Office Managing Partner London / Global Head of Transport Sector / Head of Marine & Trade, London

Jonathan is the Managing Partner of the London Office and acts for international traders, charterers, shipowners, insurers and reinsurers, handling commercial disputes often concerning high profile, international incidents. He is ranked in four separate areas of practice in the leading global legal directories.
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Jonathan's practice covers multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration in the marine, non-marine and reinsurance sectors and matters as diverse as professional indemnity and D&O risks, shareholder and complex contractual disputes.

Jonathan acts for clients in the full range of commodities, shipping and commercial litigation involving, for example, port facilities, tankers, liquid cargoes and metals, and advises on contamination claims, sale of goods issues, sanctions and cases arising from salvages.

The Legal 500 states,"DWF's shipping and commodities practice is led by the 'brilliant' Jonathan Moss." 

Jonathan has been recommended in successive editions of the major legal directories since 2007. These publications describe him as "first rate" (The Legal 500, Insurance and Reinsurance), "maintaining a sterling international marine, commodity and insurance and reinsurance practice" (Chambers UK, Insurance and Reinsurance), "commercially minded" (The Legal 500, Shipping) and "a key player for commodity disputes" (The Legal 500: Finance: Physical Commodities).

He is visiting lecturer in International Shipping and International Insurance Law at Queen Mary University of London. 

As Head of DWF's Transport sector, he specialises in working with companies involved in the shipping, aviation, rail, automotive and road transport and logistics sectors.

Jonathan is fluent in French and is listed counsel for the French Consulate in London.

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Leading Cases

  • Scipion Active Trading Fund v Vallis Group Ltd (formerly Vallis Commodities Ltd) [2020] EWHC 1451 (Comm)
  • Kadie Kalma & ors v Tonkolili Iron Ore (SL) Ltd [2018] EWHC 120 (QB)
  • Stax Claimants v Bank of Nova Scotia Channel Islands Ltd & Ors, Court of Appeal - Chancery Division, February 01, 2007, [2007] EWHC 143 (Ch)
  • Papworth v Total Insurance Services Corporation Ltd [2005] EWHC 2454 (QB)
  • HMH v CECAR (Harding Maughan Hambly Ltd. –v- Compagnie Européenne De Courtage D’Assurances et de Réassurances S.A. and Assurances Des Investissements Internationaux S.A.)[2000] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 316
  • AIG Europe S.A. v. QBE International Insurance Ltd. [2001] 2 Lloyd's Rep. 268 QBD (Commercial Court)

Recent Cases

  • Defending a Sierra Leone based mining company in an action brought by 142 nationals surrounding allegations of common design, vicarious liability and negligence arising out of the mine’s alleged collusion with the local police who acted with unjustified violence during two public order incidents
  • Acting for reinsurers in a dispute relating to the explosion in Tianjin Port, China, killing 114 people and damaging 6,000 vehicles
  • Acting for international traders concerning the discharge of slops from a vessel, MV Probo Koala, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, allegedly leading to the deaths of 17 people and injuring 30,000
  • Representing international traders and cargo insurers in a claim arising out of a catastrophic explosion in an oil terminal in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Representing hull insurers following a collision involving a container vessel and crane in the Port of Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Advising cargo insurers on contaminated consignments of meat sold on the open market in the U.S.A.
  • Advising insurers on disputes with coverholders
  • Prosecuting an action on behalf of a food production company concerning intellectual property infringements and breach of confidence
  • Advising a leading UK tyre company on breaches of the terms of Bills of Lading
  • Defending luxury yacht builders against allegations of defective design and construction
  • Defending scrap metal traders in an arbitration brought by manufacturers of iron and steel products concerning alleged contamination


  • 'Jonathan Moss is the MVP of the practice, and the reason it stands out. Jonathan Moss is knowledgeable, pragmatic and highly responsive. His breadth of experience is invaluable when dealing with complex cross border disputes. He is ably supported by an excellent team.' Legal 500 2022
  • "Jonathan Moss is very measured, very knowledgeable and client focused. We have some great results." Legal 500 2021
  • Jonathan Moss is praised by a source as "an outstanding lawyer who is extremely client-oriented" and demonstrates particular strength in insurance disputes related to shipping and energy. According to a client, "he gives us clear guidance, communicates well and understands the pressures on us and what we need from a commercial perspective." Chambers 2020 
  • Head of shipping and commodities Jonathan Moss is "most impressive - he is a very experienced litigation partner who provides very insightful, succinct analysis of often complex legal issues".  Legal 500 2019
  • Jonathan Moss handles an array of complex insurance disputes with notable strength in transport, marine and energy matters. Sources describe him as "very organised, commercial and pragmatic," with one adding: "He is extremely capable, effective and always comes back in a timely manner." Chambers 2018
  • In addition to leading the transport group, Jonathan Moss ("extremely thorough and has the ability to put people at ease") heads the marine, trade and energy practice. Jonathan Moss is "able to identify the real issues in a case" and is "not afraid to recommend commercial solutions where appropriate". Legal 500 2017