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Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's marine group is led by Jai Sharma, who has over two decades of experience in marine and cargo mandates. The team handles cargo claims and casualty matters and has a broad international reach.

Practice head(s):

Jai Sharma

Lester Aldridge LLP

With a long-established market presence, the marine practice group at Lester Aldridge LLP handles the full scope of shipping matters with a particular focus on transactions and litigation. The group also acts for clients in collision claims and personal injury matters. Practice head Russell Kelly is noted for his advisory work on the purchase and sale of vessels; Linda Jacques is also a key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Russell Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Linda Jacques


Superb team. Linda Jacques is fantastic.’

Thomson Snell & Passmore

The multidisciplinary transport and logistics practice at Thomson Snell & Passmore has a notable reputation in the marine sector, fielding a team of experienced litigators and shipping experts, who handle a wide range of matters. Practice head James Cradick is the standout partner in the team, noted for his arbitration experience; he handles contentious mandates for an array of international clients including acting for insurers and traders in disputes. In a representative matter, the group acted in a cross-border shipping dispute pertaining to damages. The practice also handles commercial and employment-related advisory work.

Practice head(s):

James Cradick


‘The team has a good sense of humour – James Cradick realises that you have a life outside the legal world but presses in a way that makes you want to proceed quickly. Very reliable.’

‘James Cradick, the partner in charge, is a capable, experienced litigator who is excellent at managing client needs and expectations and marshalling his team of counsel and experts.’

‘The team gives fast replies, are realistic with their timescales, and realise not everything can be done instantly.’

Key clients

AXA XL (Paris)

Gefco UK Ltd

Capespan International Ltd

Richard Hochfeld Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for various insurers and insured in the cargo and logistics sector, including acting for AXA XL in long-running litigation with Taiwanese forwarders.
  • Acting for one of Russia’s leading ship owners in various litigation and arbitration matters.
  • Acting for Peruvian commodity traders in a dispute with UK-based distributors.

Verisona Law

Verisona Law focuses on all aspects of maritime law and acts for a host of private individuals and corporate clients. The team is led by Tim Reynolds and acts in litigation including construction and contractual disputes; the practice also advises on employment issues, insolvencies and restructuring work as well as the purchase and sale of vessels.

Practice head(s):

Tim Reynolds