Tom WaltersPartner at HFW
Tom worked for a naval architecture practice on the south coast of the UK for two years before retraining as a lawyer and joining HFW in 2002 as part of the shipping department, working in the admiralty and crisis management team. He has worked on a number of complex technical cases involving the salvage, towage and the removal of various assets. He has also deals with construction disputes, decommissioning and disposal of oil and gas infrastructure, insurance and coverage claims and other related contractual disputes. Recent and notable cases include the "MAERSK HONAM", "NORTHGUIDER", "WAKASHIO", "STELLAR BANNER", "YANTIAN EXPRESS", "PERRO NEGRO VI", "TROLL SOLUTION", "KULLUK", "DEEPWATER HORIZON" and "THUNDER HORSE".
Tom is a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and a member of the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT) participating in the Salvage & Emergency Subsea Response subcommittee. He was also part of the BIMCO drafting subcommittee for the new standard form offshore dismantling contract.
Recently Tom has become involved with the team at HFW advising on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) in response to the increasing demand for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and Autonomous Surface Vessels (ASVs) being used in the marine and the oil and gas sector.