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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Shipping, aviation and space
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

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Appleby handles ship and aviation finance work, with Kyle Sutherland providing BVI law advice in this area. Another key partner is Faye Moffett, who plays a lead role on aviation work. Senior associate Eleanor Harding is another notable name in the team.

Practice head(s):Faye Moffett

Other key lawyers:Kyle Sutherland; Eleanor Harding


'Friendly, commercial and very quick.'

'The team provides clear, accurate and to-the-point advice.'

Cains handles a range of work in aviation and shipping, including in the arena of repossession of trophy assets. Private aircraft and yachts are an area of expertise, but the firm also handles work regarding larger vessels. 'Great technical lawyer' Steven Quayle is the key contact, with the 'approachable and organised' Adam Clark a key associate.

Practice head(s):Steven Quayle; Mike Edwards

Other key lawyers:Adam Clark


'The team has excellent sector knowledge and is extremely approachable'.

'The team has great knowledge of the industry and is a pleasure to deal with - it is always very commercial and delivers quality advice without fail.'

'Steven Quayle is a pleasure to work with, and has great knowledge of the sector.'

Key Clients


BP Shipping

DNB Bank


Danish Ship Finance



Work highlights

  • Acted as Isle of Man counsel to an airline on the delivery of eight Airbus A350s.
  • Advised a consortium of lenders and shareholders on the restructuring and sale of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company to the Manx government.
  • Advised a syndicate of financiers on the sale of 21 Isle of Man registered long-range passenger transport helicopters.
  • Advised on the repossession and sale of two Gulfstream aircraft.

At DQ, Mark Dougherty handles various ship finance mandates. Donna Matthews, an associate, also plays a lead role on significant work. Stephen Dougherty is now at FinLaw.

Other key lawyers:Mark Dougherty; Donna Matthews

Key Clients

Credit Agricole

Seven Mile Schipping

Deutsche Bank

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Hanjin Shipping

Berge Bulke

Blue Water Logistics


SMP Partners


Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of banks including KfW and Sumitomo on refinancing Ray Car Carriers' fleet.
  • Advised a group of lenders on the insolvency of Rickmers Group.

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