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The well-staffed marine practice at Clyde & Co LLP in Guildford advises, litigates and arbitrates in cases involving cargo, casualty, and charterparty issues, as well as employment and immigration, ship and asset finance, transactions and trading, insurance, operation and construction matters. In terms of cargo, the lawyers alongside cargo casualty expert Jai Sharma handle logistics and contentious matters involving bills of lading, issues with quality or quantity, contamination and letters of indemnity. Accredited mediator Martin Hall leads the marine casualty sub-practice, focusing on collisions, crisis management, recoveries, salvage, unseaworthiness, fires and explosions, grounding, total loss, and personal injury claims, as well as wreck removal and deep sea recovery projects. Nick Greensmith and technical director John Reed are other names to note in this area. In dispute resolution, the team has particular expertise in arbitration; David Bennet handles marine, international trading and oil and gas related disputes. Simon Culhane and Andrew Nicholas are the main contacts for insurance disputes, while legal directors Eleanor Coates and Rebecca Armstrong cover commercial marine trading disputes.

Lester Aldridge LLP's shipping practice focuses on transactional, regulatory, arbitration and litigation work. Notable experience includes contractual, financing, construction, and racing yacht sponsorship advice, as well as charterparty, contract and commodity disputes, security actions, cargo claims, personal injury defence, yacht damage cases, merchant shipping regulation breaches and trade warranty issues. In a recent highlight, Russell Kelly represented the owner of a motor yacht in a £2m class warranty dispute with its insurer after the yacht suffered damage during a grounding in Florida. Shawbrook Bank is another key client. London-based practice lead Linda Jacques and yacht specialist Louise Fuller are other names to note. Stephanie Hayward left for a syndicate executive position at Steamship Insurance Management Services in August 2017.

The shipping practice at Thomson Snell & Passmore 'compares very favourably with City firms' and offers 'better value for money'. Corporate risk management, commodity and trade, as well as transactional, contractual, employment and dispute resolution matters, constitute the main focus areas. Recent highlights include the representation of a Russian fishing fleet in multiple international supply contract disputes concerning non-payment, quality, supply chain and delivery issues, as well as the representation of South American commodity traders in contested brokerage fees proceedings against UK-based global suppliers. Colas, Richard Hochfeld and AXA Corporate Solutions in Paris also instructed the department in 2017. Litigation and arbitration specialist and senior associate James Cradick, who has 'a rare combination of legal brightness, organisation and good relationships with clients', 'makes case decisions like a partner'. Corporate and commercial partners Keith McAlister and Joanne Gallagher  and commercial property expert Matthew Grogan are other key individuals in the Tunbridge Wells and Thames Gateway offices.

The 'excellent' shipping practice of Verisona Law 'impresses with high-quality instructions and advice'. It assists individuals, corporations and organisations with contracts, environmental planning, and the construction, acquisition, operation and disposal of ships, shoreside properties and businesses, with additional support from the firm's insolvency and restructuring, employment and litigation departments. The latter acts specifically in yacht construction and technical, contractual and professional negligence disputes. A recent highlight was the advice provided to caravan site operator St Hermans Estate Company on the impact of a planned coastal path in Hayling Island concerning public access to the client's sites, and its potential routing across land. 'Outstandingly knowledgeable' key partner Tim Reynolds is a trained engineer and boatbuilder; he is a 'great negotiator' and 'provides a superb service, interacts well with clients and fights their corner with determination'.

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