Chris Jefferis is the head of the Insurance Business Group, having specialised in this area since becoming a partner in 1990. He is one of the many ‘home-grown’ partners, having been a trainee in the early 1980s.
Prior to that, Jefferis did his law degree at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was a contemporary with Ince & Co’s senior partner James Wilson.
Clients say Jefferis is ‘accessible, succinct in his advice and very client friendly’, said Chambers & Partners 2011.
He is ‘commercial and user friendly and a strong academic lawyer’, according to the Legal 500 2011.
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Swallowfalls v Monaco Yachting provides further support for the construction of contracts in the manner most consistent with ‘commercial common sense’.
Instances of vessels making contact with and damaging a berth are fairly common. Disputed claims on liability are much rarer.