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Haynes and Boone

Jonathan Morton

Jonathan Morton


  • International
  • Shipping

WSG Practice Industries


Jonathan Morton's experience spans all sides of the offshore construction, shipbuilding and energy industries, where he has acted for contractors, owners, shipyards and oil companies in a wide range of international disputes.

Jonathan has worked on a number of substantial international arbitrations (primarily under the LCIA and LMAA rules) and 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. These disputes usually include cross-border elements and regularly involve entities based in the PRC, Korea, and South America in particular.

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

Bar Admissions

England and Wales, 2012


Legal Practice Course, College of Law - London, 2009, Distinction
LL.B., College of Law - London, 2008, Commendation
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Oxford, 2004
B.A., History, English Literature minor, University of East Anglia, 2000
M.A., University of East Anglia, 2001, Commendation
Areas of Practice

International | Shipping


Wrongful Termination in Good Faith - Reconciling the Authorities in the Context of Force Majeure
Haynes and Boone, July 2020

In the rush to seek relief under force majeure clauses following the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is likely that some claims were made incorrectly, albeit in good faith.  Particularly in circumstances where force majeure relief is linked to a purported termination, the party seeking to terminate needs to comply with any contractual requirements and ensure that the event relied upon is capable of being caught by the force majeure clause...

Notification of Unreliability: Excluding Liability for Misrepresentation by Notice
Haynes and Boone, January 2017

It is becoming increasingly common to see allegations of misrepresentation made in shipbuilding and offshore construction disputes...

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