Elliot Bishop > Shoosmiths LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
No 1 Bow Churchyard

Work Department

Dispute Resolution and Litigation


Elliot is head of the Luxury Asset Group within the Advisory Division and is based in our London office. He is a highly motivated individual, technically adept, with extensive commercial experience, who sees the “big picture” with ease. Analytical and pragmatic, he is known to facilitate innovative and efficient solutions to complex issues.

Elliot is well known in the marine sector and has acted in multi-jurisdictional litigation on behalf of major banks and insurers in respect of policy coverage issues and international enforcement of loan security against pleasure boats and superyachts. In addition, he has considerable experience of charter disputes and dealing with disputed commission payments arising out of the sale and purchase of vessels.

Notable cases include a safe port claim which resulted in a successful outcome for the client following a five day Admiralty Court trial, and a more recent win on behalf of a bank seeking to enforce a personal guarantee.

He has also acted for claimants and defendants in a broad range of marine related personal injury litigation from fast track through to catastrophic injury claims both in the UK and overseas including dealing with a claim by a minor rendered tetraplegic by an accident on board a private yacht in Portuguese territorial waters.

Elliot also has experience in dispute resolution in the art world, relating to defective title, provenance and attribution. He works closely with colleagues in advising artists on their moral rights and copyright of their work, protecting their brand and reputational issues.  He is also a Freeman of the City of London.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Shipping

Shoosmiths LLP fields a shipping practice that encompasses maritime matters involving luxury yachts, marina real estate, and ship finance elements. Elliot Bishop is particularly experienced in the marine leisure sector, and leads the practice together with Sarah Fairweather, who handles leasing and chartering agreements in addition to the financing, acquisition, and disposal of yachts. Lisa Williams is noted for her work in relation to inland marinas.

London > Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Shoosmiths LLP‘s practice is led by the triple-qualified (England, New York and Bermuda) Susie Wakefield, who has extensive expertise advising direct insurers, excess carriers, reinsurers and Lloyd’s coverholders as well as intermediaries and policyholders. Other key figures include partner Philip Tansley and principle associate Matthew Brown. Elliot Bishop continues to lead the luxury asset group.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Providing ‘first-rate skills at every level‘, Shoosmiths LLP‘s disputes offering covers corporate litigation, technology disputes, cyber incident-related matters, coverage claims, banking disputes, and marine and aviation litigation. Corporate and commercial disputes expert Bill Molloy has ‘strong knowledge of tech disputes‘; Susie Wakefield leads the commercial insurance team; and Philip Tansley heads the cyber incident response practice. Other active litigators are ‘standout partner‘ Elliot Bishop and experienced senior associate Matthew MacLachlan. Birmingham-based Alex Bishop is national dispute resolution and litigation head, while Daren Allen joined the London team in September 2021 from Dentons, where he was business crime and investigations head.