Jonathan Morton’s extensive experience encompasses all areas of the offshore construction, shipbuilding and energy industries (oil and gas and renewables), where he has acted for contractors, owners, shipyards and oil companies both in contract negotiation and drafting, as well as in a wide range of international disputes.

Jonathan has worked on a number of substantial international arbitrations (primarily under the ICC, LCIA and LMAA rules) as well as English Court actions involving issues including: delay and cost overruns; waiver, estoppel and the prevention principle, allegations of bribery and corruption; disputes over payments for variation orders; and liability for errors in design. Such litigation usually includes cross-border elements and regularly involves entities based in the PRC, Korea, and South America in particular.

Jonathan also advises clients on EPCI, TI, BoP and SURF contracts, and assists with their drafting, and has spent six months seconded with two major offshore contractors in the Netherlands working as a Contracts Manager. During that time he led a number of negotiations, advised on wind farm installation and construction contracts (including both the initial drafting and managing their successful and efficient implementation) and negotiated and drafted a substantial framework agreement with an Oil Major.

He has also delivered presentations and workshops to a range of clients on topics including SUPPLYTIME and other BIMCO standard forms, liability issues and indemnity provisions, and offshore wind projects (both floating and fixed).

Jonathan has written for numerous industry publications on his areas of expertise, including OffshoreWIND, Offshore Magazine, Offshore Energy Today, Insurance Business and Mealey's International Arbitration Report.

Before becoming a lawyer, Jonathan worked as a teacher in a number of challenging inner-city schools, and has continued his commitment to the local community by establishing and heading the firm’s pro-bono committee in the London office.

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Selected Client Representations
  • Acting for a consortium builder in arbitration and court proceedings against a Mexican state-owned corporation following the cancellation of a prototype barge construction contract. (Exportadora De Sal SA De CV v Corretaje Maritimo Sud-Americano Inc [2018] EWHC 224).
  • Acting for the owner in an ICC arbitration relating to defects discovered in a number of offshore knuckle-boom cranes.
  • Assisting a large ship owning conglomerate with the successful cancellation of a number of contracts for the construction of gas carriers at a Chinese shipyard. Following declaration of the shipyard’s bankruptcy, we obtained a significant reimbursement of the full amount of advance payments to the yard from the Chinese guarantor banks.
  • Acting for a drilling rig owner in a complex series of LCIA arbitrations involving allegations of bribery in Latin America.
  • Acting for drilling rig owner in an LCIA Arbitration following the cancellation of a rig construction contract with a Korean shipyard due to late delivery.
  • Acting for the buyer in an LMAA arbitration following the cancellation of a ship construction contract.  The dispute involved allegations of bribery and corruption and included complex issues relating to capacity and jurisdiction.
Professional Affiliations and Engagements
  • World Forum Offshore Wind – member of the Floating Offshore Wind Committee
  • London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
  • LawWorks - a charity which connects volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice, who are not eligible for legal aid.
Qualifications

Education

B.A., History, English Literature minor, University of East Anglia, 2000

Legal Practice Course, College of Law London, 2009, Distinction

LL.B., College of Law London, 2008, Commendation

M.A., University of East Anglia, 2001, Commendation

Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Oxford, 2004

Admissions

England and Wales

Publication
Andreas Dracoulis, Jonathan Morton in OffshoreWIND: 'Into the Unknown: Floating Offshore Wind'
February, 05 2021

Interest in the offshore wind industry has grown exponentially over the last year and the anticipated growth of the market is huge. The EU expects to have 450 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2050 to meet its climate targets. Boris Johnson recently announced a UK target of 1 GW floating wind by 2030. Floating offshore wind will form a critical part of any future development, given that the viabi [...]