Simon Curtis


Simon Curtis is a maritime lawyer with extensive experience in shipbuilding and offshore procurement matters.

As the sole author of the first four editions and co-author of the fifth edition of the textbook, The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts, published by Informa Law from Routledge, June 2020 – Simon has extensive knowledge of English law on marine construction. He has been cited in each edition of The World’s Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers since 1998.

Simon lectures regularly on a range of shipbuilding and offshore issues, including contracts for the construction and employment of FSOs and FPSOs, and is also a contributing author to Ship Building, Sale and Finance and Force Majeure and Frustration of Contract, also published by Informa Law Library.

Simon is recognised in the 2020 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease, the international directory of law firms on their elite list of leading individuals in shipping. Previously Legal 500 reported that he "very experienced" and that "clients praise …. Simon Curtis for his first-rate knowledge of the law, vast experience in the area and sound tactical sense.” Simon has been recognised as one of the “top five” maritime lawyers in the UK in the Guide to the Best of the Best, Legal Media Group since 1998, and recognised as one of the world’s foremost legal practitioners in the shipping category of Who’s Who Legal, Law Business Research since 2008, when it was first published.

Simon also continues to be recognised as a leading lawyer in the Shipping section of the 2020 edition of Chambers UK, Chambers and Partners, who report that "Simon Curtis is a renowned practitioner in the shipbuilding sphere, often acting for clients in the LNG industry. Previously Chambers UK have reported that Simon is “a heavyweight who is highly regarded in the [shipping] industry and very tuned in and knowledgeable in the shipping field."

Simon served on the Board of Directors of Haynes and Boone between 2016-2019.


Legal 500 2018

Haynes and Boone CDG Improves Rankings in Legal 500 UK 2019

Haynes and Boone CDG was again recognized in the 2019 United Kingdom edition of The Legal 500, published by Legalease. The firm improved its rankings in Oil and Gas and Shipping and also was ranked among recommended law firms in International Arbitration.
Shipping | Haynes and Boone, LLP

New ‘Law of Shipbuilding Contracts, 5th Edition’

Haynes and Boone CDG is pleased to announce that the fifth edition of “The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts”, (first published in 1991) has now been published. Simon Curtis, the sole author of the previous four editions, is joined as authors of this latest edition by Haynes and Boone partner William Cecil and by Ian Gaunt, president of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association 2017-2020.


Chambers UK 2020

Haynes and Boone CDG Featured in Chambers UK Guide 2020

Haynes and Boone CDG has again been ranked in the Chambers UK legal directory, published by Chambers and Partners. The 2020 guide ranked the firm highly in the Shipping, UK-wide category for its skills in the shipbuilding and offshore energy sectors.
Shipping | Haynes and Boone, LLP

War in Korea: A Cause for Shipbuilding Frustration?

The risk of military conflict is of grave concern to the global maritime community as a whole. As tensions rise on the Korean peninsula, what impact might any conflict have on commercial shipbuilding?

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