Andrew Robinson

Head of Transport, South Africa

Andrew Robinson


T:+27 31 582 5630

F:+27 31 582 5700

Andrew Robinson is a transport lawyer based in Durban. 

He specialises in both commercial and the litigation aspects of shipping, admiralty, marine insurance, transport, logistics, international trade and marine environmental law, as well as maritime casualty response and subrogated recoveries. He heads up the practice’s Admiralty and Shipping department and is the Transport Headlight leader.

He has been involved in a number of high profile casualty-related matters, including the mv ‘Rena’, the ‘Alina II’ and the ‘MSC NAPOLI’ and has represented local South African interests in piracy matters.  He has mediated, litigated or arbitrated matters in the United States, England, France, Germany, Italy, India, Zambia, Mozambique and Belgium.  He has advised P & I Clubs, shipowners and underwriters in South Africa, Namibia, America, England, Italy, France, Belgium and the United States.

He has advised a number of commodity traders and their insurers, underwriters and brokers in international trade and recovery matters.

He was the President of the South African Maritime Law Association from 2008 - 2010, and is currently the Chairman of the Admiralty sub-committee of that association, which is currently drafting amendments to the Admiralty Jurisdiction Regulation Act and the Admiralty Rules.

He led the South African delegation to the CMI Conference in Athens, 2008 and Beijing in 2012 and he currently sits as a member of a CMI International Working Group for the Judicial Sale of Ships.

He is referred to in The Expert Guides: Shipping and Maritime Lawyers and the 2009 and 2010 editions of WHO’S WHO LEGAL, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Shipping & Maritime.

He authored the chapter on South African Law of Cargo Insurance as part of the International Cargo Insurance book edited by John Dunt which focuses on those areas where South African law has developed differently from English Law and avoids dealing with general insurance principles that are not relevant to marine cargo insurance.

Having obtained his BA LLB at the University of Cape Town and LLM at the University of Wales, he joined the group in 1988 and was admitted as an attorney in 1991 after serving in the South African Navy as a Flotilla Legal Officer. He was appointed as a partner of the practice in 1993. In 1994 he also obtained a post graduate diploma in Environmental Law.

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  • Selected client work
    • Advised major petrochemical company on various issues arising out of the operating of the SBM Unit at Durban and the impact of sanctions on the importation of Iranian crude oil;  
    • Advised major bitumen importer on regulatory and licensing issues at the Port of Richards Bay;
    • Advised major petrochemical company on the loss of a consignment of crude oil carried on board the mv Kythira;
    • Drafted various charterparties and sales agreements for the importation and exportation of bulk cargoes for a major South African exporters and manufacturers;
    • Advised Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refineries (Pty Ltd [“SAPREF”] with the Durban Dig-Out Port;
    • Advised Shell S.A. Energy (Pty) Limited with the Durban Dig-Out Port for Shell Chemicals.