• Biography

    Andreas Dracoulis has extensive experience of working with international clients in the shipbuilding, offshore construction, and energy sectors, helping them to resolve complex and often high-stakes disputes. He has represented clients in international arbitrations conducted under many of the commonly used rules (including LMAA, LCIA and ICC) and in the English courts. He is a recommended lawyer in the international arbitration and shipping sections of the 2019 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease, the international directory of law firms. Legal 500 reports that Andreas is a "key name" in international arbitration and "building an excellent reputation for careful case management" in shipping.

    Over recent years Andreas has advised on a number of substantial disputes for the construction of offshore drilling units, trading vessels (such as liquefied gas carriers, tankers, container ships and bulkers) and other marine assets concerning issues such as: cancellation and deliverability; delay and cost overruns; defective work/design; compliance with performance guarantees; disputed variation orders; and post-delivery warranty claims. He has also acted on disputes in relation to construction and engineering projects (both onshore and offshore), including most recently a substantial onshore gas pipeline dispute, and has experience of advising on superyacht projects. In addition to his construction practice, Andreas has advised on disputes concerning drilling contracts, offshore chartering agreements (such as for FPSOs), ship sale agreements, bribery and corruption claims and high level oral agreements.

    These disputes are international in nature (often involving parties in Europe, Asia, and South America) and therefore often raise complex cross-border issues.In this context Andreas has assisted clients both in managing related foreign proceedings and also with the enforcement (in England and abroad) of arbitration awards.

    Andreas regularly writes on marine and offshore construction topics for publications such as Lloyd’s List, Offshore Energy Today, Ship Technology Global and Maritime Risk International and has lectured on related English law issues. He also holds a post-graduate master's degree in construction law and dispute resolution and is co-author of a chapter on Offshore Vessel Construction Disputes within Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Energy Arbitrations (Second Edition).

  • Education and Clerkships

    • LL.B., University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with honors
    • M.Sc., Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, King's College London
  • Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2004