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London: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 2


The 'strong and experienced' team at specialist outfit MFB has a 'willingness to look at challenging scenarios, study and make it happen'. It offers experience across the full range of wet and dry shipping work covering emergency response work, superyachts, shipbuilding, logistics, regulatory and insurance mandates. Its broad client base includes ship owners, charterers, cargo interests, salvors, managers and brokers, banks and other financial institutions, P&I Clubs and other insurers. The team is acting for the cargo owners, Enka and Bechtel, on a high value dispute against the ship owners, as a result of the sinking of the Atlantik Confidence. Andrew Hughes is a 'brilliant practitioner' and department head Edward Gray has a 'wealth of knowledge in the sector', while Mark Seward is noted for his contentious expertise. The team, which is 'very flexible in its approach', recently welcomed Simon Spark from Ince.

Practice head(s):Edward Gray

Other key lawyers:Andrew Hughes; Asad Naqvi; Gerard Hopkins; Ian Hawkes; Jonathan Watson; Kevin Cooper; Mark Seward; Simon Wolsey; Simon Johnson; Helene Peter-Davies; Eduardo Prim; Simon Spark; Nick Wilson; Joanna Bruce; Peter Gercans; Jonathan Steer; James Cottrell; Matthew Montgomery;


'It has an extensive network and is proactively engaged to seek improvements in services and the industry in general.'

'The team has a very proactive approach, thinks with clients and is therefore able to provide a tailored service.'

'It has a commercial approach, is very friendly and aims for long term relationships.'

'It demonstrates incredible flexibility to be able to apply the relevant advice in a way that is specific to the client.'

Kevin Cooper is fabulously responsive, and he has proper sector knowledge.

Mark Seward, Asad Naqvi and Simon Johnson are knowledgeable, experienced and very good at solving difficult problems.

'The team is always approachable and the lawyers go out of their way to assist.'

Mark Seward and Asad Naqvi know their clients and are quick to deliver.

'Its commercial approach and its willingness to engage at all levels is always very welcome.'

Simon Johnson provides excellent, accurate and succinct advice, always keeping in mind the underlying commercial issues.


Key Clients

Pamboukis Maravelis Nikolaidis & Association


Steamship Mutual

West of England

Standard Club


Charterers P&I


Norwegian Hull Club

UK Club

London Club

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co

K Line (Europe)

Dai-ichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha

Lee, Hong, Degerman, Kang & Waimey

Mozilla Holdings

Princess Yachts

Bechtel LLP


Work highlights

  • Represented STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co on a $180m contractual dispute.
  • Represented Furness Withy on a $6m dispute concerning western Saharan phosphate cargo.
  • Represented Harmony Innovation Shipping on a sucessful action to obtain a mandatory injunction to require charterers to provide security for the release of a vessel under a letter of indemnity, given to enable a cargo to be delivered without production of original bills of lading.
  • Advised Downing LLP on the purchase of the container vessel “SATURN” pursuant to an investment of £7 million by their Estate Planning Funds into Anker Shipping Ltd and additional funds raised from Downing’s investment partners.
  • Acting for Resolve Salvage & Fire (Europe) Ltd in their role as Contractors awarded the Lloyds Open Form Salvage contract of the 33,042GRT bulk carrier “CHESHIRE”.
Leading individuals

Edward Gray - MFB

Mark Seward - MFB

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