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  1. Shipping
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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  4. Next Generation Partners
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Operating across its London, Guildford, Manchester and Newcastle offices in the UK, and able to tap into its extensive global footprint to advise on cross-border mandates, Clyde & Co LLP 'sets the bar very high for shipping work'. It handles a broad spread of contentious and non-contentious instructions, with expertise across charterparty disputes, marine insurance claims and coverage issues, collision and salvage, cargo claims, shipbuilding, personal injury, offshore, sanctions and superyachts work. The team has a strong track record on high-profile disputes; it represented Lampe & Schwartze, as cargo insurers for Volcafe, in a well-publicised cargo claim in the Supreme Court. Among the 'exceptional team'; Stephen Mackin specialises in shipping and energy work; David Bennet handles complex disputes; Martin Hall has longstanding experience across marine casualties, charterparty and bill of lading disputes; Simon Culhane 'always provides a very good service and solutions'; Eleanor Coates provides 'assured and structured advice'; and senior associate Will Trustram is a 'rising star; he is commercially astute, technically spot-on and always available'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Nicholas; Simon Jackson; David Bennet; Nick Austin; Irvine Marr; Stuart McAlpine; Marko Kraljevic; John Leonida

Other key lawyers:Martin Hall; Stephen Mackin; Simon Culhane; Jai Sharma; Hatty Sumption; Rob Collins; Fanos Theophani; Jessica Maitra; Elizabeth Turnbull; Robert Parson; Ian Woods; Eleanor Coates; James Kennedy; Thomas Kelly; Will Trustram

Testimonials

Simon Culhane always provides a very good service and solutions.

The team always takes into consideration every risk that may happen and gives perfect advice without omission.

Simon Culhane has very good experience and knowledge in maritime law and practice.

Hatty Sumption delivers excellent results.

The team has in-depth industry knowledge, excellent litigators and is good on strategy.

Will Trustram is very calm, measured and is a sound lawyer.

The shipping team has members who are knowledgeable and responsive, and they complement each other in their experience and skills.

Will Trustram goes out of his way to provide an extremely helpful service and gives clear, to the point and commercially insightful advice.

The team has a good breadth of knowledge; the approachable partners and associates have sound industry knowledge.

Andrew Nicholas shows tenacity but also a real practical appreciation of litigation.

Simon Culhane couldn't know more about his area of work and continues to dominate in the Japanese market.

The team is highly responsive and offers practical solutions with excellent industry knowledge.

Will Trustram has the rare ability to see issues from a client's perspective.

The team has deep knowledge of applicable law tempered by practical knowledge of the shipping business and ship operations.

Key Clients

Britannia P&I Club

Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction

Mitsui Sumitomo Ins Co

Glencore

Nautical Challenge

CSSA Chartering and Shipping Services

Songa ChemicalSchwartze

Vatryggingafelag Islands (VIS Insurance)

Work highlights

  • The team acts for Alpine Eternity and its liability insurers, Britannia P&I Club on all aspects of the claims management process after the vessel collided with Iranian-owned oil rig 'SPD 13A' in March 2015.
  • The team acted for Nautical Challenge in the immediate aftermath and on the subsequent litigation following the collision between the laden VLCC Alexandra 1 and laden container vessel, Ever Smart, just outside the dredged entrance and exit channel to the port of Jebel Ali in the UAE.
  • The team represented CSSA Chartering and Shipping Services on a landmark charterparty case which examined the nature of a shipowner's obligation to proceed to the loadport with utmost despatch.
  • The team defended shipyard, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction, on claims for damage and loss of income after a dispute arose under liability under a shipbuilding contract.
  • Represented the claimant, Glencore Energy UK, on a case concerning the proper treatment of delay claims.

The 'impressive' offering at HFW has an 'outstanding shipping practice'. Clients consistently praise its global reach; it is a 'well-known and perfectly connected firm that provides excellent and professional services'. Its broad expertise spans the gamut of wet and dry work and it is commended for its leading sanctions regulatory practice. Commercial, logistics, marine insurance, piracy, offshore, cyber and technology work are key areas of focus, and the firm offers specialists across the yacht and cruise sectors. Richard Neylon, who is noted for his crisis response work, is instructed by Maersk Line and Salalah Port Services on losses, damage and liabilities arising from Cyclone Mekunu, which made landfall at the Salalah Container Terminal, Oman on May 25 2018. Elsewhere, Jim Cashman handles contentious work; Paul Dean is noted for his offshore expertise; Rory Butler handles dry and admiralty matters; head of regulatory shipping Daniel Martin is a sanctions expert; Alex Kemp and senior associate Michael Ritter handle casualty response work; and Andrew Chamberlain is head of admiralty and crisis management. Global head of shipping Craig Neame handles contentious and insurance work and is also noted for his transactional and regulatory expertise. Matt Illingworth has joined Wikborg Rein.

Practice head(s):Craig Neame; Tony Rice; Daniel Martin; Andrew Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:Paul Dean; Rory Butler; Jim Cashman; Elinor Dautlich; Stephen Drury; Dominic Johnson; Alex Kemp; Jean Koh; Richard Mabane; Daniel Martin; David Morriss; Jonathan Webb; Mike Ritter; Richard Neylon

Testimonials

'It is a market-leading practice.'

'The team provides excellent legal analysis.'

Richard Neylon  always provides an exceptional service; he provides deeply considered tactics and is hardworking.'

'The team is knowledgeable and tries to take a commercial approach.'

'The team is very professional, highly accessible and impressively efficient.'

Resources are very well-used.

Rory Butler advises in a timely and in a very professional manner.'

Rory Butler has an extraordinary ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses to arrive at the best possible outcome.'

Key Clients

Steamship Mutual/NITC

A large and well known charterer based in the Far East

One of the three major shipping companies in Tokyo, Japan

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Tokyo, the Japan Ship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association

Maersk Line, Copenhagen/Salalah Port Services, Oman

Shoei Kisen Kaisha/Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire/Standard Club Asia

Maersk Line, Copenhagen/Salalah Port Services, Oman

Shoei Kisen Kaisha/Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire/Standard Club Asia

Major New York Listed Offshore Group

Work highlights

  • Working cross-office, the team is advising Steamship Mutual / NITC on a major casualty in China, Korea and Japan.
  • It represented a large and well-known charterer based in the Far East on an arbitration examining the legal effect of a term in fixture recap, providing the contract was subject to the approval of a third party.
  • The team is advising one of the three major shipping companies in Tokyo, Japan on a high-profile grounding of a vessel off Sweden, which led to oil pollution.
  • It is advising Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Tokyo, the Japan Ship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association after a boiler explosion in the engine room of the MV Manhattan Bridge, which resulted in loss of life and serious injuries.
  • It is advising Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire and Standard Club Asia on a total loss caused by a catastrophic fire and explosion on a major car carrier, 600 miles off Hawaii on December 31 2018, which resulted in loss of life.

Home to a 'market-leading' shipping practice, Reed Smith LLP is able to handle both wet and dry work. Its ability to handle complex, cross-border contentious and non-contentious mandates is aided by its significant global footprint. The team's expertise spans casualty and admiralty work, sanctions and regulatory matters, as well as charterparty, bill of lading, MOA, shipbuilding and FFA disputes. Clients include P&I Clubs, shipowners, chartering companies and commodity companies. Richard Gunn heads the casualty department; Andrew Taylor co-chairs the transportation industry group; Charles Weller has a 'wealth of knowledge in the sector'; Alex Andrews heads the Korea business team;  and Stephen Kirkpatrick has a 'level of knowledge and experience which is unrivalled'. Elsewhere, Alexander Sandiforth is 'exceptional' and counsel Thor Maalouf handles commercial issues. Former group head Nick Shaw has left the firm.

Practice head(s):Andrew Taylor; Robert Wilkins

Other key lawyers:Richard Gunn; Charles Weller; Alexander Sandiforth; Alex Andrews; Jeb Clulow; Marcus Dodds; William Howard; Stephen Kirkpatrick; Antonia Panayides; Sally-Ann Underhill; Thor Maalouf; Mike Adamson;

Testimonials

Stephen Kirkpatrick is simply exceptional.

Andrew Taylor   has an encyclopedic knowledge of club cover issues; he is a good strategic thinker, collaborative and an excellent negotiator.

Marcus Dodds  has xcellent legal knowledge alloyed with seagoing experience; he is especially strong on tankers.

Hill Dickinson LLP is 'highly recommended' for shipping work; the 'growing' team welcomed Beth Bradley from Clyde & Co LLP and has also made several hires internationally. The London team, which is supported by its international network of experts, handles a raft of wet and dry work and has recently been instructed on several high-profile casualty claims and dry shipping disputes. Its clients include ship owners, P&I Clubs, traders, salvors and insurers. It also has a strong cruise sector following. Global head of shipping Julian Clark led advice for The Lion Group on a dispute brought by Classic Maritime Inc, which examines issues regarding force majeure and exception clauses. Head of yachts Tony Allen focuses on yacht insurance disputes and transactions, while David Pitlarge is noted for his experience in dry shipping work and Adrian Marsh, who is based in Manchester, is head of cargo and logistics. Consultant Robert Wallis specialises in admiralty law.

Practice head(s):Julian Clark; Adrian Marsh; Tony Allen; Jeff Isaacs

Other key lawyers:David Pitlarge; Russell Gardner; Fred Konynenburg; Robert Wallis; Jeff Park; Lewis Moore; Phil Haddon; Ian MacLean; Siiri Duddington; Beth Bradley; Tom Burdass; Colin Lavelle; Alexander Bramwell; Rachel Hoyland; Winnie Mah; Chris Primikiris; Beatrice Cameli

Key Clients

Skuld P&I Club

North of England P&I Association Limited

Gard A/S (P&I Club)

UK P&I Club (managed by Thomas Miller)

Britannia P&I Club

Standard P&I Club (managed by Charles Taylor & Co Limited)

Swedish P&I Club

Norwegian Hull Club

The American P&I Club

The MECO Group (Michael Else & Co)

The Lion Group

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

ADM Intermare

BP Shipping

Work highlights

  • The team is representing Lakatamia Shipping Co on the enforcement of a $50m judgment.
  • The team represented Stallion Eight Shipping Co on a dispute regarding the issue of whether an arresting party has to provide counter-security in the same way as an applicant does in an application for a freezing order.
  • Represented Connect Shipping Inc in the Supreme Court case, the MV Renos.
  • The team is instructed by PB Tankers on sanctions issues.
  • Acted for The Lion Group on a number of issues in the dispute: (i) whether an exceptions clause in a COA excused non-performance and whether it was necessary to satisfy the ‘but-for’ test (ii) application of the compensatory principle and whether Classic were entitled to substantial damages.

Despite several high-profile departures, the team at Ince 'still provides a Rolls-Royce service'. With 'experienced practitioners for wet and dry work', the team handles a full range of shipping instructions; it handles contentious and non-contentious work. The team is 'highly regarded' for its proficiency in casualty work and it also offers offshore, regulatory and yachts expertise. Global head of shipping Faz Peermohamed is an 'incredible lawyer with heaps of experience'. Ian Chetwood, Jeremy Biggs and Michael Volikas specialise in disputes; and shipping, trade and offshore specialist Will Marshall is 'very talented'. Christian Dwyer is global head of admiralty and casualty response and represented Great Eastern Shipping and North of England P&I Club in a high value legal proceedings in the UAE and London High Court after an LNG carrier, the Al Khattiya, collided with another tanker, the Jag Laadki, in the Gulf of Oman. Recently promoted partner Jonas Adolfsson handles wet and dry matters. Simon Spark has joined MFB.

Practice head(s):Faz Peermohamed

Other key lawyers:Michael Volikas; Jeremy Biggs; Christian Dwyer; Will Marshall; Fionna Gavin; Jonas Adolfsson; William Blagbrough; Catherine Earnshaw; Antonia Jackson; Rachel Bernie; Charles O’Connor; Ester Toumpouris;

Testimonials

Michael Volikas is known for his depth of knowledge and strategic thinking.

Christian Dwyer is very able at large, complex cases.

Jeremy Biggs and Will Marshall are very commercial and have excellent instincts.

'A truly high-quality, full-service London law firm with a particular knack for shipping and trade law.'

Christian Dwyer and Jonas Adolfsson are switched on; their strategizing for the long run, from the outset of a case, makes both of them an excellent choice for achieving good outcomes.

Faz Peermohamed is one of the most astute and experienced lawyers.

Key Clients

Dubai Bulkers

Gard

Great Eastern Shipping

Angelicoussis/Maran

London P&I Club

Thomas Miller/UK Club

Seaspan

Stealth/Brave

Teekay

North of England P&I Club

Work highlights

  • Representing the cargo owners, a joint venture between Bechtel and Enka, on a $70m dispute with the shipowners that emerged after a vessel, the Atlantik Confidence, traveling from Ukraine to Oman in 2013 with steel cargo, suffered a fire and sank.
  • The team is instructed by Teekay LNG on a complex dispute involving the termination of six long-term bare boat charters for LNG/LPG carriers, and the repossession of the vessels.
  • The team is advising Dubai Bulkers and its insurers on the total loss of the Emerald Star.
  • The team advised Shanghai Salvage Co (SSC) from the immediate aftermath of the collision of MT Sanchi with CF Crystal.
  • The team advises Songa Offshore (now owned by Transocean) on a major shipbuilding dispute relating to four state-of-the-art semi-submersible drilling units built by the major Korean shipyard, DSME.

The 'proficient' team at Kennedys has recently been bolstered by the arrival of a 12-strong insurance coverage and disputes team from Norton Rose Fulbright, which includes esteemed practitioner Patrick Foss, the 'brilliant' Chris Zavos and Jo Ward. The team is best known for its expertise across shipping disputes, casualty and marine insurance claims where it acts for a raft of blue-chip shipping clients and major insurers. It also offers expertise in the cruise sector, where it handles crisis management and personal injury mandates. Among the team, which 'understands the client's position and speaks plainly about issues', Christopher Dunn has a 'common sense approach with the right amount of aggressiveness when needed to get the job done'; Michael Biltoo is 'never afraid to dive in and take the bull by the horns when working on difficult cases', and senior associate Shaan Burton is 'incredibly thorough'. David Perry has retired.

Practice head(s):Christopher Dunn

Other key lawyers:Patrick Foss; Chris Zavos; Jo Ward; Mark Lloyd; Christopher Dunn; David McKie; Andrew Purssell; Michael Biltoo; Jonathan Evans; Shaan Burton;

Testimonials

'It is constantly looking at new innovations and is aware of the latest developments within the legal arena.'

'The team can be relied upon and will always be at the side of the client when needed.'

Christopher Dunn has unrivalled encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.

Mark Lloyd has a genuine attitude towards every issue; he understands the problems quickly and comes up with a solution even when under immense pressure.

Michael Biltoo stands out for his attitude to detail and great work ethic.

Shaan Burton has a no-nonsense attitude, and an ability to break down a claim and drive it in the right direction to a sensible and commercial result.

'The firm has a strong base in providing coverage advice for insurers involved in cargo and marine liability claims.'

'It has a strong base of experience and knowledge in assisting insurers in handling maritime casualties.'

Key Clients

Pequod

RSA

Beazley Group

Liberty Syndicates

Zurich

Mitsui Sumitomo

CV Starr

Markel

XL Catlin

WE Cox

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;

Testimonials

'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

Gard

Steamship Mutual

West of England

Standard Club

Oldendorff

Charterers P&I

Britannia

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

Ulstein

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”.

Stephenson Harwood handles a range of shipping work and is particularly known for its expertise in complex shipping disputes. The team, which is aided by its international network, handles charterparty disputes, shipbuilding work, FPSO disputes, offshore construction matters, marine insurance and casualty matters. The wider team also advises on IP and competition work in the sector, and ship finance enforcement work is also a key strength. The team represented Navigators Insurance Company and others in a Supreme Court case. Mike Phillips heads the team and marine insurance specialist Alex Davis is noted for his experience in coverage issues and complex losses. Paolo Ghirardani handles complex disputes, often with a cross-border element, and Sean Gibbons has a strong Korea practice and is experienced in the superyacht sector. Joe O’Keeffe joined from Ince in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Mike Phillips

Other key lawyers:Stuart Beadnall; Paolo Ghirardani; Alex Davis; Tony Concagh; Nick Barber; Sean Gibbons; Ingolf Kasier; Duncan McDonald; Max Lemanski; Simon Moore; Cristan Evans; Menelaus Kouzoupis; Joe O'Keeffe; Haris Zografakis; Tom Adams; Emma Nowell; Anthony Pitt

Testimonials

Cristan Evans is always available, responsive and willing to provide legal assistance of a high quality.

Key Clients

Commerzbank

Mercuria

Nordisk

PDVSA

Petrobras

RSA

The Standard Club

VITOL

Work highlights

  • Advised Ahoy.Club on the commercial and legal structures required for a new yacht brokerage for Ahoy Club.
  • Represented Eureka Shipping Limited, Parainen Pearl Shipping Limited and SMT Shipping (Cyprus) on a patent dispute with Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi (KGJS).
  • The team is acting for the owners of the MT Tecoil Polaris, Tecoil Shipping, which suffered a collision with the MV Poseidon in July 2018 at port.
  • The team is advising Mr Nikolay Viktorovich Sochin on a claim brought by Manchester Shipping Company.
  • Successful represented Navigators Insurance Company Limited in Supreme Court win.

Boutique shipping-focused offering, Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless is a 'small, close knit firm that offers genuine partner involvement in all cases' and it is 'hugely knowledgeable in handling all forms of shipping disputes'. It handles a range of contentious and non-contentious work across shipbuilding and construction, offshore projects, marine insurance, personal injury and yachting matters; as well as casualty work and cargo claims. The team, which 'has very good knowledge of the law, is very hands-on and the lawyers relate very well with clients', has a strong ship owner and operator following and acts for a number of P&I Clubs. It represented Maersk Line in its appeal to the Court of Appeal against a decision of the Commercial Court in a test case concerning the application of the package limitation provisions in the Hague-Visby Rules to containerised cargoes. Department head Paul Griffiths is an 'exceptional black-letter lawyer who pairs this with a commercial approach to reach the best all-round solutions', while Joanna Steele has a 'head for technical matters and is not afraid of getting into the nitty gritty of expert evidence'. Deug Rong Lee joined in 2019 from Kennedys.

Practice head(s):Paul Griffiths

Other key lawyers:Joanna Steele; Paul Crane; Vernon Sewell; Rachel Butlin; Andrew Powell

Testimonials

Paul Crane has a great overview on complicated tanker matters and his chemical knowledge is a great advantage.

'The team produces clear advice and practical solutions.'

Joanna Steele is an immensely knowledgeable, experienced and bright lawyer.

'It has a number of highly experienced partners who are adept at building long term relationships with clients.'

Joanna Steele and Andrew Powell are phenomenally hardworking partners and are a delight to work with; they have technical brilliance coupled with strong tactical judgment.

Key Clients

A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S trading as Maersk Line

Sinotrans & CSC

Sirena Marine

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Agile Holdings Corporation, and its insurers, on an appeal from an arbitration award, clarifying the law under Clause 8(b) of the Inter-Club Agreement.
  • Successfully defended Yangtze Navigation (Hong Kong)  (subsidiary of Sinotrans & CSC), and its insurers in the Court of Appeal, , clarifying the law under Clause 8(d) of the Inter-Club Agreement.
  • Acting for Maersk Line in its appeal to the Court of Appeal against a decision of the Commercial Court in a test case concerning the application of the package limitation provisions in the Hague-Visby Rules to containerised cargoes.

Marine-focused firm Campbell Johnston Clark is 'highly-regarded'; it handles a raft of contentious and non-contentious work, such as admiralty, marine insurance, charterparty, bill of lading, commodity, shipbuilding and offshore work. Clients include insurers, ship owners, ship managers, brokers and P&I Clubs. The team represents hull and war risks insurers on a significant coverage dispute subsequent to the sinking of a cargo ship, and on a claim by the assureds under the relevant policies. Alistair Johnston heads the litigation team and is experienced in major casualty matters.

Practice head(s):Alistair Johnston; Jonathan Campbell

Other key lawyers:Maria Borg Barthet; Ian Short; Kirsty MacHardy; Duncan Ealand; James Clayton

Testimonials

The team gets good results and has a straightforward approach.

Key Clients

MS AMLIN

Shipowners P&I Club

Kiran Shipping

AXA XL

Tokio Marine Houston Casualty

Union Maritime

Lomar Shipmanagement

Columbia Shipmanagement

Pan Ocean

GNMTC

Work highlights

  • The team represents the owners and hull underwriters of the Vista Spirit following an allision between the Vista Spirit and an 18th Century villa on the edge of  the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
  • The team represents the owners of the Stema Barge and its insurers in High Court litigation following a significant casualty off the coast of Dover in 2016.
  • The team represents hull underwriters on casualty handling, salvage and recourse following a significant casualty resulting from the decomposition of a cargo of fertilizer.
  • The team is representing a leading UK-based ferry company in three high profile casualty matters.

Newcastle-based specialist maritime and international trade offering, Mills & Co is active across contentious and non-contentious shipping mandates. The team is regularly engaged on admiralty matters such as collision, salvage, total loss, explosions, fire, grounding, and pollution and it has experience assisting in governmental investigations and inquiries. Ship-related personal injury work is also a key focus. The team's disputes practice is often engaged in arbitrations and high-profile matters; in a recent example, it acted for the owners in the closely-watched Supreme Court case, Volcafe v CSAV. Guy Mills handles high-profile disputes.

Other key lawyers:Guy Mills; Nicola Jeanes; Andreas Welz; Peter Sim; Martin Dalby; Mark Doyle; Jonathan Green; Simon Williams; Jon Boaden

Work highlights

  • The team acts for a large number of charterers and owners, which purchased bunkers from the OW Bunker Group, in claims resulting from the group's insolvency.

Specialist shipping firm Thomas Cooper LLP recently merged with Penningtons Manches to create Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. With an international reach, the team is 'well-known in the sector for its shipping and trade knowledge and expertise' and 'regularly punches above its weight'. It handles a broad range of instructions including casualties, major losses and commercial disputes; the team is 'particularly strong in pure shipping disputes, with a wealth of knowledge and experience'. Tim Kelleher is noted for his disputes expertise and team head Darryl Kennard, who is 'energetic and knowledgeable', specialises in wet work including salvage, loss and collision claims. Charles Williams has retired.

Practice head(s):Darryl Kennard

Other key lawyers:Tim Kelleher; Nick Donnelly; Tom Moisley; Mark Sachs; Lisa Hillary; Alex McIntosh; James Severn; John Strange;

Testimonials

Mark Sachs is likable and able; he has a strong understanding of China and South East Asia and the particular commercial and legal culture of those regions.

'A very high quality and specialist commercial and shipping practice, which offers fantastic service and knowledge.'

Tom Moisley's experience of working in the insurance market  leaves him with a unique and valuable insight into the shipping market.

Tom Moisley's breadth of knowledge, strategic thinking, and calm and considered approach is invaluable.

Tom Moisley's exceptional diligence and work ethic makes him a lawyer whom any client would prize.

Lisa Hillary shows huge commitment to her clients and cases. William Stansfield is capable, calm, and has very good judgment.

'It provides detailed but clear and concise analysis of the legal issues.'

'The team takes the time to understand the client's business.'

Darryl Kennard consistently provides a very high level of service and practical, commercially minded advice that respects the business context of the issues.

'The team is very responsive to queries and it provides very good technical advice in a manner which is easy to interpret and understand.'

'The availability of a rich technical network and in-house expertise makes a winning team.'

Aided by its global footprint, Watson Farley & Williams LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious shipping work for major ship owners, charterers, ship managers, P&I Clubs and FD&D insurers. On the contentious side, the team handles disputes relating to shipbuilding, sale and purchase contracts, charterparties and management agreements. Its non-contentious practice advises on a range of complex, cross-border corporate, M&A, commercial and shipbuilding contracts; it advised TUI Cruises on the negotiation of the building contracts for two new InTUItion class cruise ships to be built by Fincantieri. The firm also handles ship finance work and is instructed by banks on ship loan and mortgage enforcement matters. Robert Platt is 'very sharp, responsive and user-friendly' among the team which is 'able to adapt to challenging circumstances'.

Practice head(s):Lindsey Keeble

Other key lawyers:Robert Platt; Andrew Hutcheon; Andrew Ward; Charles Buss; Joe McGladdery; Toby Royal; Mark Tooke; Christina Howard; Daniel Saunders; George Macheras;

Testimonials

'A solid team that is commercially minded.'

Toby Royal has very broad experience, is commercially minded and looks out for his client's best interests.

Andrew Hutcheon is a very level-headed and perceptive solicitor who thinks through problems.

Key Clients

Acromas Shipping

Africa Express Line

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Lloyds Banking Group (which includes Bank of Scotland)

Clipper Group

CMA CGM

Hoegh LNG

MSC Group

Nan Fung Group

Navigator Gas

NYK

Star Bulk Carriers Corp

Teekay Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Bank Trust Company of New York on the enforcement of ship mortgage security against a deepwater drillship.
  • Advising NatWest Markets and The Royal Bank of Scotland on the arrest of a vessel following a breach of loan to value covenant.
  • Advised Star Bulk Carriers Corp. on the acquisition of a group of companies from Augustea Atlantica and York Capital Management.

Wikborg Rein's 'small, but nimble and experienced team is characterised by a complete commitment to client's interests'. The London team, which is focused on shipping, construction and offshore work and handles a raft of contentious and non-contentious matters, has been seen to bring in 'shrewd hires from a number of leading firms'; 'exceptional' shipping and insurance specialist Matt Illingworth joined from HFW in 2019. Home to a specialist LNG team, it handles a range of projects and is noted for its FLNG expertise. The disputes team handles enforcement and asset recovery work. Headquartered in Norway, the firm is also praised for its international reach; its 'overseas offices provide valuable international support where needed'. It acts for a range of shipbuilders, shipowners and insurers and has a strong Greek ship owner following. The team has a 'breadth and depth of expertise across wet and dry shipping to handle major casualties, high-profile maritime disputes and shipping transactions'; Rob Jardine-Brown is active across shipbuilding, offshore and construction matters; and Eleanor Midwinter has extensive litigation and international enforcement experience. Department head Chris Grieveson is a 'real fighter, who is determined to do the best for his clients'; he is leading advice for a Norwegian ship owner on an insurance dispute concerning claims for pollution prevention costs.

Practice head(s):Chris Grieveson

Other key lawyers:Nick Shepherd; Rob Jardine Brown; Jonathan Goldfarb; Renaud Barbier-Emery; Matt Illingworth; Shawn Kirby; Jonathan Page; Lesley Tan; Ina Lutchmiah; Eleanor Midwinter; Baptiste Weijburg

Testimonials

Rob Jardine-Brown is an excellent lawyer; he combines detailed technical and legal knowledge with sound commercial instincts and great charm.

Nick Shepherd is very experienced, which makes him practical and efficient in anything he is instructed to handle.

Chris Grieveson is very experienced and provides good service, advice, guidance and handling as may be required.

'The team is responsive, flexible and has a hands-on approach to cases.'

Baptiste Weijburg regularly provides crisp and precise advice and is able to identify the issues quickly.

'The team has capacity to deal with all sorts of shipping disputes.'

Eleanor Midwinter has no problem getting on top of the technical details and is exceptional in her ability to work with clients to present the information needed for any case.

Rob Jardine-Brown  is really bright, passionate about his cases and great to deal with.

Rob Jardine-Brown is charming and very easy to work with, while being astute and eminently practical.

Eleanor Midwinter  is very bright and really likes to get into the nitty-gritty of cases, but without ever losing sight of the bigger picture.

Renaud Barbier-Emery is professional, knowledgeable and a fast thinker.

Rob Jardine-Brown is extremely knowledgeable in shipping matters.

Eleanor Midwinter  is a professional and knowledgeable lawyer who is responsive and cares about the client's full understanding of the case,

Matt Illingworth is excellent across the board on a wide range of wet and dry shipping matters.

Jonathan Goldfarb provides fast, responsive and sound advice.

It is very much a 'partner-led' team, with the key partners heavily involving in running cases.

The team is diversified in competence so that its can cover all aspects of the industry.

Key Clients

Ace Quantum Tankers

APL

Atlantica Tender Drilling Ltd.

Bonheur ASA / Fred Olsen

Britannia Steamship P&I

BW LNG

China Navigation

Clarksons Platou

Dolphin Drilling

Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd

Exmar NV

Fincantieri

Floatel International Ltd.

Gard AS

Gaslog

George Economou group companies (TMS Group, Dryships, Cardiff Marine)

Golar LNG

Höegh LNG Ltd

ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

IMC Group

Marine Trust Ltd / Centrofin

Marmaris Navigation

Mearsk Drilling

Navigation Maritime Bulgare

Navios Maritime Holdings and its group companies

Noble Corp

North of England P&I

Oando plc

Pareto

Seajacks International Ltd

The London Club

The Standard Club

The UK Club

Transocean

Vard Group AS

West of England P&I

XT Corp

Work highlights

  • The team represented Ocean Rig UDW Inc and DryShips Inc (OCR) on a long-term drilling contract dispute.
  • Represented Nikolay Baranov and Silverburn Shipping on international civil fraud proceedings, involving multi-million dollar freezing injunctions, and the successful appeal of an arbitration award.
  • Acted for Delta Tankers Ltd and West of England P&I on a $63m collision case, as a result of the collision of a tanker with a wharf at the port of Primorsk, Russia.
  • Advising BW Gas on one of the leading Gas to Power projects at Port Acu in São João da Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Acquisition of a 51% ownership interest in the owners and bareboat charterers of the Seafox 5, a multi-purpose, harsh-environment, 4-legged self-propelled dynamically positioned jack-up construction vessel capable of operating across the offshore wind and oil and gas decommissioning markets.

Specialist maritime and commercial offering Winter Scott LLP handles a raft of charterparty disputes, maritime and admiralty instructions, as well as insurance work. Ken Scott is an admiralty expert and Glenn Winter is known for high-profile maritime disputes.

Other key lawyers:Ken Scott; Glenn Winter

Based in East Anglia, Birketts LLP is active across the spectrum of wet and dry work; on the dry side, the team handles disputes relating to bills of lading, charterparties, contracts of affreightment, cargo claims, shipbuilding disputes, marine insurance, and cruise and ferry line operation. For wet work, the team handles disputes relating to general average, salvage, towage, ship arrest and collision claims. It represented Seatrade Group in a claim for damages for detention. Alex Davey is 'very strong in all aspects of admiralty law; he is a highly motivated, responsible lawyer who handles matters in a very professional and competent way'. Nicholas Woo heads the team.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Woo

Other key lawyers:Henry Adams; Alex Davey; Lisa Wortley; Paul Haworth; Sarah Holsgrove

Testimonials

Alex Davey engages easily with people and makes himself available to assist with the issues which are brought to his attention.'

Alex Davey has a high degree of resilience and endurance.'

Lisa Wortley is extremely strong in handling the speed/consumption claims.'

Sarah Holsgrove is intelligent and clever, with ability to bring sound clarification and judgement on the twisted issues.'

Paul Haworth is very down-to-earth and understands the practical side of things as well as the legal parameters of a case.'

Key Clients

West of England

Tradhol Inernacional

Allianz Global & Specialty France

AXA Corporate Solutions Assurances (France)

Filhet-Allard Maritime

SIACI Saint Honoré

West of England

Tradhol Inernacional

Allianz Global & Specialty France

Work highlights

  • Represented COSCO Shipping Specialised Carriers on a claim for general average contribution arising out of the loss of BI JIANG’s propeller in the South China Sea in 2009.
  • Represented Navigators Insurance Company and the Master and crew of the vessel Malaviya Twenty, in respect of outstanding wages that were due to the crew following the insolvency of the owners of the vessel.
  • The team acts for the the Spanish insurers of 300 containers which suffered damage and/or which are due to contribute to salvage costs in relation to a fire on board the containership Maersk Honam in March 2018.
  • Is advising the Dutch cargo insurers on a general average dispute and damage to cargo relating to flooding of engine room of the vessel Koza.
  • Is advising a major international inspection company in relation to an alleged misappropriation of oil.

Gateley Plc is praised for its 'availability and flexibility, and for its willingness to go the extra mile'. It handles a range of work including charterparty work, shipbuilding matters, ship sale and purchase disputes, and is also adept at marine cargo claims. Transactional and contentious superyacht matters are a key focus and the team is 'very experienced in the superyacht area and its knowledge of this sector is second-to-none'. The team acts for the former owners of the cruise ship, the New Flamenco, on its ongoing dispute with Globalia Business Travel arising from Globalia’s repudiation of a two-year charter of the vessel.

Practice head(s):Paul Dickie

Other key lawyers:Jane Hobbs; Andrew Messent; Nicholas Walser; Dominic Mills

Testimonials

Paul Dickie has a candid and pragmatic approach.'

'The team is full of experience and commercial common sense.'

'It can be relied upon for considered comment and, when needed, imaginative solutions.'

Paul Dickie is the most available and approachable lawyer a client could want.'

Paul Dickie is a real team player who always adds that extra something.'

Key Clients

Fulton Shipping Inc (Ultrapetrol Group)

Work highlights

  • Representing shipowners in London arbitration on an unsafe port dispute.
  • Acting for cargo insurers in Commercial Court proceedings on general average dispute.
  • Acting for a freight forwarder being held liable for containers left uncollected at ports in India.
  • Successfully contested jurisdiction on behalf of a freight forwarder in the Irish Court of Appeal, thereby defeating a shipper’s claim.
  • Acting for cargo owners whose containers of alcohol were trapped at a port, resulting in disputes with the shipping line and the freight forwarder.

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP handles a range of commercial shipping mandates and the team stands out for its shipbuilding expertise; it is engaged on the structuring and contracts for the construction, chartering and demolition of ships. Shipowners, shipyards and insurers are clients and the team handles projects across the world. Advising owners and shipyards involved in high-value projects for the construction or refit of superyachts is also a key focus. The team has strengthened its LNG shipping practice where it acts for owners and charterers. It acts for TMS Cardiff Gas on its ongoing carrier fleet expansion. Mark Johnson recently joined from Reed Smith LLP and senior partner Simon Curtis is experienced in shipbuilding and offshore procurement mandates.

Practice head(s):Simon Curtis

Other key lawyers:William Cecil; Andreas Silcher; James Brown; Andreas Dracoulis;

Testimonials

James Brown is approachable, pragmatic and responsive to client needs.'

'A strong, professional team that provides consultancy services and advice on legal issues related to shipbuilding contracts.'

'Responses and advice are clear and prompt, and has logical reasoning.'

Key Clients

Fincantieri

TMS Cardiff Gas

The Ministry of Finance of Trinidad and Tobago

National Infrastructure Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago

The Ministry of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago

Kuwait Oil Tanker Company

Travelopia

International Seaways

Stolt-Nielsen

Stena LNG

ESL Shipping Finland

Olympic Shipping (Onassis Foundation)

Flex LNG

Damen Shipyards

Stena Drilling

Work highlights

  • Advised TMS Cardiff Gas in relation to its bids on a number of tenders for the long term chartering of LNG tonnage.
  • Assisted National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) on the negotiations and finalisation of two shipbuilding contracts for two 100m high speed catamaran ferries to be built by Austal Ships Pty and Incat Tasmania Pty.
  • Advised Kuwait Oil Tanker Company on a VLCC newbuilding project at Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry in China.
  • Advised Fincantieri Shipyard on the refurbishment agreement for a cruise ship.
  • Acted for Stena Drilling, and more recently also Stena Spey Drilling, as the manager and owner respectively of a semi-submersible drilling rig, on a dispute with a contractor, CKT Projects (now in liquidation and formerly Hertel Technical Services).

Niche shipping offering Jackson Parton Solicitors handles a raft of marine law mandates and is experienced across wet and dry matters, commodities and trade work. It 'consistently punches above its weight' and handles marine insurance disputes and advises across collisions, hull and machinery disputes, salvage and unsafe port claims; as well as shipbuilding disputes, charterparty and bill of lading disputes. It is 'highly capable in all areas of shipping, transport and commodities'. Alex Askew is a 'star in the making' and focuses on shipping and international trade disputes for ship owners, charterers, P&I Clubs, superyacht brokers and commodity traders.

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Parton; Jonathan Clyne; Andrew Patrinos; Alex Askew

Testimonials

Alex Askew and Nicholas Parton both have a very strategic stance to resolve legal problems.'

Jonathan Clyne has very good client management skills.'

'The firm never gives up and the lawyers are tenacious in the pursuit of the interests of their clients.'

Nicholas Parton is unflappable and indefatigable in pursuing the interests of his clients.'

Andrew Patrinos has a very good eye for detail and a vast amount of experience; he is also practical in his advice.'

Jonathan Clyne is practical and uses his seafarer experience as well as his legal experience in giving sound advice.'

Its partners combine a keen commercial sense of the market with an imaginative interest in the law.'

Alex Askew approaches client management with consummate care, with an eye both to the next efficient step in a particular case and for the next matter possibly coming from the client.'

The team fights hard on the client's behalf, while being sensible about the issues involved.'

Nicholas Parton's encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, coupled with his extraordinarily clever strategic thinking, makes him a formidable litigator.'

Andrew Patrinos is a shrewd lawyer who knows the law well and should never be underestimated.'

Keystone Law's 'fast acting' marine and shipping offering 'delivers a personalised service'. It handles an array of contentious and non-contentious shipping work. On the contentious side, insurance disputes, collisions, regulatory breaches, charterparty disputes, crew claims, personal injury claims, yacht arrests, cargo disputes and salvage claims are key focuses. Non-contentious work includes yacht construction contracts, refit and management contracts, crew agreements and sale and purchase work. The team advises major yacht distributor Sunseeker London Group on marine matters.

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Hadley-Piggin; Anastasia Papadopoulou; Philippe Ruttley; Benjamin Maltby; George Lambrou; Dharmendra Nair; Stella Petritsi

Testimonials

Dharmendra Nair is exceptional in that he recognises the strengths and weaknesses of the case very quickly and is able to provide a strategy early on that will help achieve the best possible result.'

Anastasia Papadopoulou is professional and knowledgeable.'

Key Clients

Global Chartering Limited

GRS Roadstone Group Limited

Vivek Puri

Sunseeker London Group

CGL France, part of Societe Generale banking group

Superyacht Tenders & Toys Ltd

BlueFin Insurance

Work highlights

  • The team advises CGL France on the repossessions of superyachts in Turkey and Ireland.
  • The team advises Superyacht Tenders & Toys on a number of contractual matters and disputes.
  • Advised BlueFin Insurance on an insurance claim relating to the damage of a yacht.

With a 'partner-led service', niche shipping and international trade firm, Lax & Co LLP is best-known for its litigation expertise. It is experienced in cases involving allegations of fraud, and regularly handles charterparty disputes, shipbuilding disputes, ship arrests, collisions, insurance claims and claims under bills of lading. Evidencing its contentious expertise, the team is representing Palmali Shipping in a $1.8bn case against Litasco, the Swiss based trading arm of the Russian oil company, Lukoil, relating to Litasco's alleged failure to perform its obligations under a long-term contract of affreightment. Department head Mike Lax is 'hugely experienced and has astute understanding of the issues'.

Practice head(s):Mike Lax

Other key lawyers:Stuart Dench; Robert Pollock-Hill; Catriona Lewis

Testimonials

'A very experienced and commercially aware team.'

Stuart Dench has a very practical approach to claims handling.'

'Extremely responsive and gives practical and effective advice.'

Key Clients

Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Co

Bocimar International NV

Canfornav NV

Chembulk Tankers

Conti-Lines

Exmar NV

Euronav NV

Geden Lines

Heidmar Inc

Hellman Worldwide Logistics SA

MUR Shipping BV

MTM Trading

Work highlights

  • The team is advising the owners of an arrested vessel, Advantage Sky Shipping, on a $55m corporate dispute between the lenders and another shipping company.
  • Acting for Palmali Shipping S.A (“Palmali”) in Commercial Court proceedings against Litasco S.A., (“Litasco”) the Swiss based trading arm of the Russian oil company, Lukoil.

Norton Rose Fulbright's London team is 'highly professional and is quick to take action'. Aided by its global footprint, the team handles a range of complex and cross-border shipping mandates including contractual, shipbuilding and dry shipping disputes; and marine casualty and admiralty disputes. It is also active across marine insurance, regulatory matters, insolvency, mortgage enforcement, sanctions work and accident investigations. The team continues to act for Empire Bulkers on claims relating to the collision between MV Eleni and a container vessel outside Vietnam. Department head Philip Roche handles marine insurance and general commercial disputes. The team has recently lost several key figures to Kennedys, namely; Patrick Foss, Chris Zavos and Jo Ward.

Practice head(s):Philip Roche

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Winter; Marie Kelly; Matthew Plaistowe; Emma Burrage

Testimonials

'Good communication between team members keeps everybody in the loop.'

'There is a good network within the firm to get input from specialised colleagues if needed.'

'The team is very knowledgeable, professional, pragmatic and fast acting.'

Charlotte Winter is a very practical and knowledgeable shipping litigator.

Key Clients

AIG

Beazley

Carnival Corporation

Dubai Ports World

Japan P&I Club

Markel

Munich Re

Pembroke

P&O Ferries

QBE

Rio Tinto

RBS

Standard Chartered Bank

Stena

Axa XL (XL Catlin)

Brit Global Specialty

Canopius

Marsh

Swiss Re

Global Ship Lease

Trinity House

Work highlights

  • The team is advising on an investigation into the death of a crewman at sea, and is providing representation at the Coroner’s inquest.
  • Acting for Empire Bulkers Limited’s vessel, the mv Eleni, was involved in a collision with the container vessel Heung –A –Dragon outside Vietnam.
  • We act for London market war risks insurers (Talbot, Hiscox and other Syndicates at Lloyd’s) in defence of claims following an alleged attack on the crude oil tanker “Brillante Virtuoso” off Aden in July 2011.
  • instructed to pursue a recovery action on behalf of Hull Underwriters against the Owners/Managers and Mortgagee Bank of the vessel, Atlantik Confidence, in respect of the payment of a constructive total loss (US$22m) under the hull policy following a fire on board the vessel and eventual sinking on 3 April 2013.

Aided by its Piraeus office, shipping and commodities outfit Waterson Hicks has a strong Greek ship owner following. The team is best known for its contentious work and it handles a range of dry shipping, admiralty, marine insurance, commodities and transactional work.  Ship speed and consumption disputes are a core strength. Clients include ship owners, P&I Clubs, state-owned organisations, oil companies and commodities traders. John Hicks represents IMS on a high value contract dispute against Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd, Nigeria.

Practice head(s):John Hicks

Other key lawyers:Stuart Parkin; Julian Morgan; Tim Johnson

Key Clients

IMS Group (Greece)

Bariba Corporation

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Bariba Corporation in an appeal to the High Court.
  • Represented IMS S.A. in contract dispute against Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd. Nigeria.

With offices in London and New York, Floyd Zadkovich LLP houses 'thoughtful and creative practitioners, with strong commercial sense'. Working cross-office, the firm is noted for its maritime, commodities trading and logistics expertise. For shipping, the team, which is 'knowledgeable, personable and hardworking, with a genuine dedication to its clients, and a commercially astute understanding of their needs', is engaged on a range of matters including contractual disputes, cargo claims, collisions, security actions, performance and shipbuilding disputes, and personal injury cases.

Practice head(s):Luke Zadkovich; Ed Floyd

Testimonials

The fact that it is a smaller firm means that clients get a particularly attentive and effective service.

Luke Zadkovich is very bright, thoughtful and hardworking.

The team draws from one another's strengths and expertise, placing the firm in a unique position to untangle complex issues in a collaborative environment.

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a high value long-term contract of affreightment dispute  in LMAA arbitration.

Hull-based offering Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP handles an array of contentious and non-contentious shipping work. On the contentious side, the team handles charterparty disputes, carriage disputes, speed, collision and performance claims. Non-contentious expertise includes commercial contract work and sale and purchase transactions. It advises Blue Water Shipping on various contracts relating to the transport, handling and storage of 113,000 pipes required for the £40m Nord Stream 2 project. The team also houses a dedicated marine and fisheries unit, which is led by Andrew Oliver.

Practice head(s):Dominic Ward

Other key lawyers:Andrew Oliver; Sarah Pether; Paul Newbon

Key Clients

Associated British Ports

Braemar Group

SMS Towage

Blue Water Shipping

Maritime Coastguard Agency

Jotun Paints (Europe)

Tindall Riley

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Wilson Yacht Management on an arbitration award enforcement.
  • Andrew Oliver was able to put to rest a centuries old legal argument concerning an exclusive right to fish in an area of The Wash in Norfolk.
  • Advised Blue Water Shipping A/S Denmark ("BWS") on various contracts relating to the transport, handling and storage of 113,000 pipes required for the £40 million Nord Stream 2 project.

BDM Law LLP provides the 'first-class service of a big firm with a small team' and it has 'excellent knowledge and experience' in shipping mandates. The shipping-focused offering handles a range of insurance, casualties and shipbuilding disputes. The team has been involved in several cases involving ship fires and it is representing slot interests in connection with a major fire on container ship APL Vancouver. The team is involved in major collisions and handles regulatory and sanctions matters. Charterparty disputes, cargo claims, joint ventures, restructuring and insolvency issues are also key focuses of the team.

Practice head(s):Nick Burgess; Bob Deering; David McInnes

Other key lawyers:Gabrielle de Blaquiere; Emmy Ameloot; Angus Edgell

Testimonials

Nick Burgess is very experienced and dynamic.'

'A highly competent team that provides excellent advice and service in connection with the handling of major casualties.'

Bob Deering is a lawyer with extensive shipping experience and knowledge.'

Bob Deering demonstrates commitment and a solution-oriented attitude.'

Key Clients

NYK

OOCL/ COSCO

Grimaldi Group

Textainer Inc

SIAT SpA

UK P&I Club

North of England P&I

Gard P&I

Tindall Riley (Britannia) Ltd

CMA CGM

Work highlights

  • Representing OOCL & COSCO slot interests in connection with a major fire on container ship APL VANCOUVER
  • Representing Grimaldi Lines on the fire and total loss of the GRANDE AMERICA vessel
  • Disputed insurance claim against the London market in relation to the collapse of Textainer’s lessee Hanjin.
  • Dealing with collision between the RICH FUTURE and tanker CHARLTON in Argentina in 2015. 

Supported by its global footprint, DLA Piper is regularly engaged on cross-border shipping, ship finance and shipbuilding disputes; the firm has 'excellent relationships with overseas offices and is able to manage cross-jurisdictional cases'. The team is particularly active in the Greek and Far East markets and has a large ship liner following. It has 'wide-ranging experience of overseas litigation and crisis management'; and in an example of its contentious expertise, the team is advising on a dispute against ship owners regarding the unauthorised deviation of a vessel.

Practice head(s):Linos Choo

Other key lawyers:Helen Vickers

Testimonials

'The individuals are quick to respond, and there is a depth of knowledge within the firm.'

Linos Choo's experience both in this industry, and in other related sectors, means that they the team is a match for any of its competitors.

Linos Choo is commercially savvy and a shrew negotiator.'

Helen Vickers is thorough and a safe pair of hands.'

Linos Choo has an outstanding ability to remain cool under pressure.'

Linos Choo is very fast and efficient in responses.'

Key Clients

Bank of London and the Middle East

Gard AS

Tata Steel UK

Standard Chartered Bank

Zurich Australia

Manfred Lauterjung Befrachtung GmbH

DTEK Trading SA

Bank Pozitif

COSCO

Gazprom PJSC

Work highlights

  • Represented an UNHI owner in a superyacht construction dispute.
  • Successfully defending a claim against regarding non payment of port dues.
  • Advised on a dispute against the respondent charterers regarding off-hire.
  • Instructed by a company to defend challenges made to an LMAA arbitral award.
  • Advised on a dispute with the respondent regarding an overpayment of freight.

DWF's shipping and commodities offering is 'relatively small but is capable of delivering an excellent service'. It acts for marine insurers, ship owners and charterers on a range of disputes, often involving piracy, theft or cargo detention issues. The team is best known for its international arbitration expertise and it handles cross-border disputes involving ports, terminals cargo contamination, fires, explosions and casualties. It is advising the ship owners in a dispute concerning an arrest of a livestock vessel in Chile. The team is increasingly handling non-contentious mandates and is engaged on M&A transactions, charterparty contracts and crew agreements.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Moss

Other key lawyers:Elliott Bromley; Radhika Ruparelia; Laura Segger

Testimonials

'One of the strengths of the team is that the lawyers are commercially minded and really focus on practical solutions for the dispute.'

Jonathan Moss listens to his client's needs and takes a pragmatic and commercial approach to litigation.'

Key Clients

HDI Gerling Verzekeringen NV

American Bureau of Shipping

Travelers Marine

Serco Marine Services

Willis Marine International Trade & Logistics

Cronimet Eesti Metall

Van Dalen Metals Recycling & Trading

MS Amlin Marine

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (‘CMAL’)

Lighthouse (SPA)

Edra Energy Bhd

Tonkolili Iron Ore (SL)

Kwik-Fit (GB)

Stapleton's (Tyre Services)

The American Club

Dual

Vallis Commodities

Fusion Insurance

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a Nigerian shipping company to prepare a legal opinion on the prospects of success of appealing an arbitration award under sections 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
  • The team assesed the merits of a claim against Hyundai Elevator Turkey's carrier for misinformation.
  • Advising a major German insurance group in a £400m claim in relation to the Tianjin Port explosion.
  • Advising a leading independent insurer in Singapore on a subrogated recovery action.
  • Advised a leading independent insurer in Singapore on the terms of a BIMCO contract (TOWCON 2008) to determine whether a tug owner is responsible for damage caused to an accommodation vessel.

Specialist maritime outfit Hannaford Turner LLP is noted for its strong ship finance practice, and it also advises on ship sales and purchases, as well as shipbuilding, repair, refit and conversion issues and restructuring mandates. The team is particularly noted for its superyachts and cruise sector expertise, and it regularly handles cross-border instructions. Shipping disputes are also a key focus. Clients include major banks, private equity funds, international ship owners and operators and the team advised a major listed European ship owner on a bid to build and supply two LNG vessels.

Practice head(s):Matt Hannaford; Justin Turner

Other key lawyers:Keith Krut; Owen McHugh; Michael Greville; Mark Needham; Paul Turner

Work highlights

  • It advises a major ferry operator on numerous ongoing matters including shipbuilding projects.
  • The team advises a leading supplier of marine engine systems in relation to long-term maintenance agreements for main engines in LNG carriers
  • Advised the owner of a 90+ metre superyacht in negotiating the yacht construction contract and latterly in resolving build related disputes.
  • Advised a major ship owner in negotiating contracts for exhaust gas cleaning systems.
  • Advised an energy client on contracts for the construction of VLCCs.

HCO Legal specialises in dry shipping, insurance and international trade disputes and has 'extensive experience of the shipping industry'. Known for its arbitration expertise, the team handles cases involving time and voyage charters, cargo claims, ship arrests, ship sales, managements contracts, shipbuilding contracts and oil and product trading contracts. It also handles disputes under policies of marine insurance such as coverage matters, total loss investigations; and claims arising out of equipment failure, engine breakdowns and general average. Wet work is also a key focus where the team handles wreck removal and major casualties for salvors.

Practice head(s):Ben Horn; Clive Beesley; Jim Allsworth

Other key lawyers:Akshay Misra; Sacha Christopher

Testimonials

Ben Horn and his team have built a strong reputation as being tough and savvy operators.

Ben Horn is very experienced in arbitration and litigation.

Ben Horn is commercial, and this is twinned with an outstanding legal brain.

Work highlights

  • Representing a charter insured in connection with the recovery of overpaid hire and indemnity for potential cargo claims in LMAA arbitration.
  • Representing an owner seeking to recover losses caused as a result of damage to crane from charterers. In LMAA arbitration.
  • Represented a client on an appeal from an arbitration award in the Commercial Court.

Based across the firm's London and Glasgow offices, Keoghs LLP's marine, ports and offshore team is instructed by P&I Clubs, marine insurers, ports, yacht owners and ship management companies on a range of shipping claims. Its expertise covers collisions, salvage claims, personal injury, negligence, regulatory breaches, policy coverage, ship arrests, product liability, cargo disputes and criminal investigations. Clients praise its 'cross-border capabilities', particularly its combined English and Scottish law expertise, and the team has 'become a serious contender in shipping and yacht disputes'.

Practice head(s):Daniel Crockford

Other key lawyers:Stefanie Johnston; Alex Penberthy

Testimonials

The team makes sure that a thorough early investigation of incidents is carried out to preserve evidence for when claims are later made.

Alex Penberthy is very methodical and establishes a good early rapport with opponents which helps to resolve issues quickly.

 

Key Clients

MS Amlin

Sunderland Marine

Nautical Insurance

RSA

Beazley

Navigators & General

M Taher & Co Solicitors is experienced across shipping, marine insurance, international trade and commodities work. It handles high-profile disputes, often involving cross-border issues, and stands out for its sanctions expertise. Clients include ship owners, charterers, P&I Clubs, ship brokers, commodities trading houses, insurance companies, insurance brokers, recovery agents, freight-forwarders, oil and gas corporations, as well as financial and commercial institutions. The team is representing Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines on a high value dispute against the EU Council for damage suffered pursuant to the EU’s restrictive measures concerning Iran.

Practice head(s):Maryam Taher; Tim Stephenson

Testimonials

'The knowledge and understanding of foreign jurisdictions is valued.'

'The lawyers respond quickly to any questions.

Maryam Taher is the stand out practitioner.'

Key Clients

Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

JF-K Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines brought an action for over £600 million against the EU Council for damage suffered by its shipping clients (IRISL & Ors) as a result of their unlawful designation pursuant to the EU’s restrictive measures concerning Iran.

Specialist shipping outfit Mays Brown handles contentious and non-contentious instructions for a range of owners, operators, charterers, P&I clubs, insurers, underwriters and banks. Director Joe Mays is 'an experienced litigator' and has specialised in shipping for over 25 years.

Testimonials

Joe Mays is an experienced litigator.

Based in Liverpool, the team at Weightmans LLP handles dispute resolution and commercial mandates in the shipping sector. Ports and terminals liability, regulatory and casualty work are key strengths, as are marine casualties, damage claims, contractual claims and cargo losses. The team also advises ship operators and insurers on commercial contracts; it advised Bibby Marine on a high value ship building contract.

Practice head(s):Phil James

Other key lawyers:Mike Burns

Key Clients

Peel Ports Group

Bibby Marine

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

AIG

Essar Oil UK

Hamburg Sud

Champion Tankers

Zurich Insurance

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Great Yarmouth Harbour Authority on the detention and sale of the Malaviya 20.
  • Advised Bibby Marine on an offshore wind farm charter contract.
  • Advised Peel Ports Group a contract with rail freight operator DB Cargo UK, regarding a new container rail freight service operating between the Port of Liverpool and Mossend, Glasgow
  • Advised Allianz Global Corporate and Speciality following the sinking of the Aisling Patrick off the west coast of Ireland in May 2018.
  • Advised Hamburg Sud on recovery of damage following a fire in a container carried in the container ship Alula, in the port of Hamburg.

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