Leading Individuals

Next Generation Partners

Shipping in South East

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s marine cargo casualty practice in Guildford is led by Jai Sharma who has extensive experience in the marine claims industry, handling cases both in the UK and overseas in jurisdictions such as Singapore, India and the Marshall Islands.

Lester Aldridge LLP

The specialist marine law team at Lester Aldridge LLP, LA Marine, is based on the south coast and is instructed by domestic and international clients on both transactional work and disputes. ‘Stand-out leader in the field‘ and contractual dispute specialist Linda Jacques is a key team member as well as practice head Russell Kelly, whose commercial shipping and leisure marine expertise sits alongside his superyacht sector knowledge. Commercial shipping expert Philippa Langton has also joined the team.

Practice head(s):

Russell Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Linda Jacques; Jennie Harris; Lucy Goff; Philippa Langton


‘Linda Jacques is a stand-out leader in the field.’

‘Very helpful, hugely knowledgeable in sector.’

‘I work with Lucy Goff. Her technical knowledge in the area of shipping is outstanding.’

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP‘s marine team in Southampton is able to deal with a wide range of work in the specialist area of large yachts and superyachts. Practice head Louise Fuller specialises in the sale and purchase of large yachts and also handles disputes relating the operation of yachts. The group acts for owners, insurers and shipyards, handling a variety of commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Louise Fuller

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore's transport and logistics practice is led by James Cradick in the firm's Thames Gateway office and Joanne Wright in Tunbridge Wells, and is known for 'providing a quality service to rival City firms'. The team acts for a range of clients including freight forwarders, shipowners, ship managers, warehouse operators, advising on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with recent work highlights covering international disputes, commercial property and employment.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Wright; James Cradick

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Wood


‘Thomson Snell & Passmore has a tremendous understanding of international setting and practicalities of different shipping markets. It can only be achieved by many years of work with shipping business.’

‘Thomson Snell & Passmore is a regional firm charging regional rates, but providing a quality service to rival City firms.’

‘A superb firm that does top flight international shipping and other commercial work often against bigger, higher-charging London firms. Clients get a great service.’

‘Very professional and responsive.’

‘James Cradick from Thomson Snell & Passmore is extremely caring, but also very succinct lawyer which is very rare for lawyers. He is very effective.’

‘James Cradick is an experienced shipping lawyer who trained and practised in City firms and brings the expertise and knowledge he gained there to his current practice. He understands the commercial needs of his clients and runs his cases in a highly effective and professional manner.’

‘Charlie Wood is a bright, professional and reliable lawyer who is trusted by his partners.’

‘James Cradick and Charlie Wood are brilliant. Very good with clients, and strong on the facts, strategy, administration and legal aspects. Very supportive and friendly. First class in every way.’

‘James Cradick is ‘to the point’ and professional.’

Key clients

Colas Rail Limited

Colas Limited

Brakes a Sysco Company

Cook Trading Limited

Inca Invest SAC

Parcel ABC Limited

Parana Basin SRL

Photonic Universe Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Russian ship owners in ship repair dispute with a Polish ship yard pursuant to ICC arbitration rules.
  • Representing Argentinian commodity traders in contractual dispute with UK buyers.
  • Acting for a renewable energy business in dispute with leading warehouse and freightforwarder.