David specialises in the white collar shipping services scene, including law firms, banks, insurers, and trade associations, and also turns his hand to piracy, sanctions and industrial relations stories as necessary.
A London-born British and Swiss dual national, he was educated at the London School of Economics and Birkbeck College, and has academic qualification in politics, sociology, economics and international relations.
Three times voted Seahorse Club shipping news journalist of the year, he has also twice been longlisted for the Orwell Prize, Britain’s premier non-fiction literary award, and twice shortlisted as Periodical Publishers’ Association business journalist of the year, the highest honour in trade press journalism.
He has worked for Lloyd’s List since 1996, making him the longest-serving member of staff, although he doesn’t like to mention that more than three or four times a week at most. Unless it’s strictly necessary.
He has also written for many other newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Observer, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express and New Statesman, and has appeared on all of Britain’s main television and radio news programmes.
He is a member of the Labour Party, Amnesty International and National Council for Civil Liberties, and supports the charitable work of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks.
Latest From David Osler
Record lows attributed to reduced shipping activity and are unlikely to continue as world trade picks up, industry told
Record lows down to reduced shipping activity and unlikely to continue as world trade picks up, industry warned
Both parties seeking security for claims against them, legal experts suggest
All 25 crew and master remain on board Ever Given assisting multiple investigations and inspections. Data from the voyage data recorder has been handed to investigators
No claim yet from canal authority, but hugely complex general average case is now under way
West of England holds its members covered without additional premiums for deviations round Cape of Good Hope, as lawyers unpack legal angles