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Stuart Dench

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Lax & Co LLP


Partner of Lax & Co LLP. Stuart has over 22 years’ experience in dealing with shipping and maritime law matters, including Charterparty disputes, bills of lading, ship sale and purchase disputes and acts on behalf of shipowners, charterers and commodity traders.  The last few years have seen him involved in a number of arbitrations regarding the termination of long term charters, unsafe port claims and bunker contamination claims.  Recently reported cases which Stuart has handled include Shagang South-Asia (Hong Kong) Trading Co Ltd v Daewoo Logistics [2015] Lloyds Rep 21, SDTM-CI v Continental Lines N.V. (The “Sea Miror”) [2015] EWHC 1747 and MUR Joint Ventures BV v. Compagnie Monegasque De Banque [2016] EWHC 3107.


Stuart worked for an International Group P & I Club so has a broad experience of claims handling both within and outside a law firm. Qualified 1998 Lawrence Graham; remained at Lawrence Graham; founding partner Lax & Co LLP 2007.

London: Transport


Within: Shipping

The ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô team at Lax & Co LLP¬†is highly regarded for its dispute resolution experience and regularly handles litigation and arbitration cases for shipowners, charterers, operators, P&I Clubs and shipyards. Charterparty disputes, shipbuilding disputes, ship arrests, shipbuilding disputes, collisions, marine insurance claims and claims under bills of lading.¬†Stuart Dench¬†is regularly instructed on disputes involving charterparties, bills of lading and contracts of affreightment, as well as shipbuilding contracts. Robert Pollock-Hill¬†is experienced in contentious matters and associate Catriona Lewis¬†specialises in charterparty disputes. Mike Lax¬†leads the department. Imogen Rumbold has retired.

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