Mr Nico Zurcher

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Job Title : Senior Associate
Services : Contamination & Pollution, Fire & Explosion, Shipping & marine, Cargo Spoilage, IMSBC Cargo,
Location : London
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Telephone: +44 20 7481 4897


MSc   Environmental Management

BSc    Biology with Oceanography

Prior to becoming an investigator, Nico worked in a leading international environmental consultancy where he was involved in a number of major government marine projects in Hong Kong, as well as offshore oil and gas, and mining projects around Asia.

In 2011 he joined Hannaford Forensic Services (HFS-Asia) in Hong Kong, where he worked as a fire and explosion investigator and as a consulting scientist on the carriage of marine bulk cargoes.

Nico has investigated several fires in large industrial plants, as well as in commercial and residential premises. On the marine side, he has investigated major fires on container and general cargo vessels and attended live incidents on bulk cargo vessels involving self-heating agricultural cargoes.He has worked on several cases of bulk cargo spoilage, of soybean shipments in particular, and has advised on the carriage of other agricultural commodities such as corn, wheat and seedcake. Nico has also worked on cases involving the carriage and storage of mixed chemical cargoes, and the contamination of liquid bulk cargoes such as methanol.

Nico has written technical advice notes for marine P&I clubs and regularly gives presentations on loss prevention to law firms, P&I clubs and loss adjusters. He has prepared expert witness reports for use in civil litigation and has appeared in court in Thailand, and in front of an arbitration tribunal in London.

Nico joined Hawkins’ in 2015 to bolster our growing International and Shipping Incidents team. He will continue to investigate a broad range of land-based and marine incidents, both domestically and internationally. He is also assisting on contamination cases, working closely with our Manchester office.

Nico is Swiss and grew up in Hong Kong. He is a native English and German speaker. He is a Senior Associate based in our London Office.

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