ohn Kimbell’s practice encompasses maritime law, aviation, insurance and re-insurance in addition to general commercial litigation and arbitration. Since 2001 he has been qualified to practice as a lawyer (‘Rechtsanwalt’) in Germany.
His shipping practice encompasses both ‘wet’ collision and other Admiralty Court matters and ‘dry’ bill of lading and charterparty disputes. He regularly appears in the Commercial and Admiralty Court as well as in arbitrations in London and in Hamburg (in particular LMAA and GMAA arbitrations). He is the joint editor (with Nigel Meeson QC) of Admiralty Jurisdiction & Practice (4th edition, 2011) Informa.
In the aviation field he has handled a wide range of disputes from aircraft financing and mortgages to fatal accidents (in the UK and abroad). John specialises in advising clients on jurisdictional, private international law and foreign law aspects to disputes. He recently represented British Airways in the Court of Appeal in Hook v British Airways  EWCA Civ 66 concerning the interaction between the Montreal Convention and EU Human Rights law.
He is praised in the Chambers and Partners legal directory as “a very effective advocate who is good with judges and authorities” and is recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading junior in the fields of Shipping and Commodities, Aviation, and Travel.
John is fluent in German and accepts instructions in German. (December 2012)