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Housing a team of 15, the marine practice at Clyde & Co LLP in Guildford deals with cargo, casualty, charterparty, dispute resolution and international arbitration matters, in addition to general employment and immigration issues. In terms of cargo, the lawyers alongside key partner Jai Sharma – who specialises in cargo casualty – 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, 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.

Lester Aldridge LLP’s shipping practice provides ‘excellent service’, with the lawyers being ‘very responsive and always available to assist at short notice’. Based in Bournemouth and Southampton, the team assists with transactional, regulatory and contentious matters, including arbitration. On the commercial side, typical work includes drafting contracts for shipping and charter companies with operators and vessel owners, marine finance and recovery, transactions and ship construction, sponsorship agreements, and matters relating to merchant shipping regulations. The litigators deal with disputes involving cargo commodity, charterparties, bills of lading, collision, arrest, cargo damage and recovery, personal injury and purchase contracts. The ‘well-respected and empathetic’ team lead, dispute resolution lawyer Linda Jacques, is based in London. Also recommended are the ‘exceptional’ Southampton-based members Russell Kelly, Louise Fuller and Stephanie Hayward, whose ‘knowledge is second to none’. Fuller specialises in all non-contentious aspects related to yacht transactions, while Kelly focuses on vessel matters and criminal investigations. Hayward represents defendants in personal injury claims. Jacques and European lawyer Francisco Gozalvez advised a commodity trader on the $750,000 arrest of cargo on a vessel chartered by the client in the US and represented him during the arbitration procedure in London. Kelly and Hayward defended an insurance client regarding a £2m quantum for a crash injury which resulted in the amputation of the claimant’s lower limb. Charterers P&I, Shawbrook Bank and DFDS are active clients.

At Thomson Snell & Passmore’s shipping practice in Dartford and Tunbridge Wells, team leads Joanne Gallagher and Keith McAlister focus on corporate and commercial matters, while the ‘incredibly hands-on, practical and detail-oriented’ senior associate James Cradick handles all litigation and arbitration matters regarding transport, warehousing and ports, as well as supply chain problems and related insurance work. He is experienced in marine cargo claims revolving around bills of lading and charterparties. Additionally, Susanna Rynehart provides employment advice in the logistics sector. Gallagher assisted a transport and logistics company with the preparation of guarantees for several shipments of goods from a Turkey-based seller to the UK. McAlister advised start-up company Parcel ABC on its terms and conditions. Cradick represented an oil broker from Cyprus against Singaporean oil companies and tank operators regarding unpaid broker fees which is going to into arbitration. He also advised Ukrainian commodity traders in a dispute concerning transport interruptions during the shipment of Ukrainian corn and regularly acts for a major ship agency network during commercial litigation. Active clients include AXA Corporate Solutions, Gefco UK and Colas.

Tolcher & Co, Marine Solicitors focuses on yachting law, with experience including commercial transactions, yacht construction and repair, registration and VAT advice, licensing and insurance as well as employment aspects, charter matters and dispute resolution. Managing director John Tolcher in Southampton is the sole fee-earner and recently advised on new build projects, sales, warranty claims, customs charges and refits.

The ‘well-respected’ shipping practice at Verisona Law has ‘a balanced and difficult-to-equal team of experts’ in Portsmouth and Waterlooville. Clients recommend the ‘unique combination of practical experience and knowledge of marine law, which gives an advantage in difficult technical marine issues’, with particular strength in ‘marine litigation, marine-related professional negligence, insurance claims, purchase contracts, yacht disputes and ship registration’. As a trained engineer and boat builder, the ‘pragmatic and commercial’ head of department Tim Reynolds has a ‘breadth and depth knowledge of the practicalities of yacht construction and yacht operations’ which ‘enables him to understand technical problems from the start’. In addition to niche expertise in mooring, he advises on dispute resolution involving technical aspects as well as transactions and the management of newly built and refitted yachts. Recent highlights include an instruction by Port Solent Residents Management Company on its marina development projects, involving ongoing commercial, regulatory and mooring advice.

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