Andrew Messent


Gateley Legal

  • London
  • t: 0207 653 1620
  • m: 0788 538 9408


Andrew’s main area of practice is claims arising from the carriage of goods by sea, road and air and other related areas such as warehousing. As well as the full range of transportation issues, Andrew also regularly advises on related insurance matters. Andrew is the co-author of CMR: Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (4th edition, 2017).

How do you help clients?

I regularly act in particular for recovery agents pursuing subrogated claims against carriers for loss or damage to goods in the course of transit, and I also act for forwarders, carriers, goods owners and their respective insurers on all transit-related matters.


  1. Acting for the successful claimants at first instance and before the Court of Appeal in Glencore International -v- MSC (2017), a claim for the theft of containers from the port of Antwerp.
  2.  Acting for BAT up to the Supreme Court in the cases of British American Tobacco -v- Essers and British American Tobacco v Kazemier (2015), which turned on jurisdiction under the CMR Convention in connection with the theft of tobacco in the course of transit.
  3. Regularly advising on all matters relating to goods in transit and related insurance issues.
  4. Acting for the successful claimant in Davis -v- Stena Line (2005) which involved the negligent rescue of a man overboard.

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