Brian Taylor

Legal Director

Gateley Legal

  • London
  • t: 0207 653 1711
  • m: 0788 538 9400


Brian practises mainly in the area of dry shipping litigation, international trade and the disputes that arise out of commodity transactions. He has acted for ship owners, charterers, P&I Clubs, shipyards and all parties involved in the sale, purchase and transportation of commodities (wet and dry). He has extensive experience of most forms of arbitration and has represented clients at all levels of the English court system. He has also acted in several complex ship building arbitrations.

Brian has represented clients in high profile cases and enjoys matters with a technical input. He is a founding member of and currently sits on the drafting committee of the Admiralty Solicitors Group.

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Brian previously had a 17 year career as an engineer in the Royal Navy, where he served worldwide on a variety of small and large RN and merchant vessels. He previously practised in the area of shipping law at a number of regional firms.


  1. Assisting in a successful appeal to the Supreme Court on the basis of assessment of damages following repudiation of a charter and the sale of the vessel.
  2. Advising on high value arbitrations involving ship building contracts, significant cargo damage, hull fouling, illegal detention of a vessel and defective engineering works.

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