Rising Stars

Shipping in South East

Lester Aldridge LLP

The ’very creative and responsive’ Lester Aldridge LLP marine practice operates out of the Southampton and Bournemouth offices, specialising in the whole spectrum of litigious and transactional matters in shipping law. Southampton-based Russell Kelly has vast experience of advising national and international clients from the leisure marine and superyacht sectors, as well as handling complex contractual disputes which may arise. From Bournemouth, Linda Jacques leads on arbitration work involving contractual claims and the loss of cargo. Also in Southampton, Philippa Langton handles regulatory matters for shipowners and operators. Associate Lucy Goff is knowledgeable on professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Russell Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Linda Jacques; Philippa Langton; Jennie Harris; Lucy Goff


‘The team is very creative and responsive. They are good value for money. Much more agile and flexible than other firms.’

‘Linda Jacques is particularly innovative and responsive within hours of the request, which is relatively rare.’

‘Great people, very knowledgeable and willing to offer advice to avoid problems down the line.’

‘Lucy Goff is very personable, she responds promptly to call or emails, very knowledgeable and offers sound advice.’

‘Lucy Goff is an absolute super-star. Her advice throughout the matter was absolutely spot on.’

‘As well as Philippa Langton’s experience as a P&I handler enabling her to think from a handlers’ point of view, she also has a strong language skill of speaking/reading Chinese which valued by some of our Chinese clients.’

‘I worked with Philippa Langton for several cases. She has a good knowledge of the field. I like her being sharp, swift and efficient.’

‘A knowledgeable team who are approachable and clear and clean in their communications. The team are always welcoming with a can-do approach.’

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Headed up by the ‘experienced shipping and commercial litigator’ James Cradick, the transport and logistics team at Thomson Snell & Passmore shows considerable strength in arbitration and litigation arising around supply chain issues. The group also provides property acquisition, disposal and management advice to ship owners and freight forwarders, with Cradick boasting significant expertise in the commodities, trade, and insurance sectors. From Kent, Joanne Wright advises clients on the long-term strategic management of their portfolios, and Alex Lewsley focuses on handling property finance and asset management matters for transport companies.

Practice head(s):

James Cradick

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Wright; Alex Lewsley


‘The team’s clear advice and hands-on approach, plus its responsiveness and transparency on billing.’

‘James Cradick’s clear/comprehensive advice in legal matters and his hands-on approach, plus his responsiveness when consulted.’

‘The transport team provides the service and expertise of a specialist City law firm at regional rates.’

Key clients

Colas Limited

Colas Rail Limited

Brakes a Sysco Company

Inca Invest SAC

Parcel ABC Limited

Skytrek SAS

Photonic Universe Limited

Barth-Haas UK Limited

Storefast Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the owners of an aircraft in liability and recovery actions arising from a total loss of the aircraft caused by an act of suicide on the part of the pilot.
  • Representing a renewable energy business in a dispute with a major warehouse and freight forwarder.
  • Advising French commodity traders on the termination of a $12m grain contract.