Nikki Chu

Senior Associate, Stephenson Harwood
Nikki is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer and has extensive experience in dealing with all types of dry shipping matters, including charterparty, bill of lading, cargo, ship management and shipbuilding disputes.
She has acted for clients in English High Court proceedings, mediations and arbitrations. Nikki has acted for a diverse range of clients including shipowners, charterers, traders, cargo interests and their insurers. Nikki has a particular expertise in dealing with cargo claims including gas, oil, containerised and bulk cargoes involving complex technical issues. She also has experience of dealing with the dry shipping aspects of casualties, including vessel fires and stack collapses.
Nikki has completed a year on secondment with an International Group P&I Club in London, where she gained invaluable commercial insight into insurance considerations, the resolution of shipping disputes and operational knowledge. As the initial point of contact, she provided advice on an urgent and real-time basis to Members and handled a broad range of FD&D and P&I matters, including off-hire and demurrage claims.
Nikki is the current Chief Editor of Well Heeled, Stephenson Harwood's bulletin for clients engaged in LNG and gas transportation, trading and offshore production.

Practice areas


  • Legal Practice Course (2009)
  • LLB (2008)


  • Contributing Author


  • BPP Law School (2008-2009)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2005-2008)

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