Firm Profile > Stephenson Harwood > Seoul, South Korea

Stephenson Harwood
South Korea

Shipping: foreign firms Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood's team comprises of Seoul office managing partner Michael Kim, disputes specialist Stuart Burrell and associate Hannah Lee. Outside of Korea, the marine and international trade group also includes many other key practitioners; in London, Alex Davis leads the marine insurance sub-team. Stuart Beadnall handles all types of shipping contracts. Singapore-based Virtus Law LLP - Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance partner Daryll Ng specialises in contentious marine work. Andrew Rigden Green in Hong Kong has a varied practice, which covers shipbuilding and construction, installation and operation of offshore structures, as well as arbitration, litigation and mediation.


They understand the culture of Korea well and have bilingual lawyers who can to fully communicate with Korean people.

Michael Kim has experience, as a former seafarer and an English lawyer, to solve problems.

The team stands out for their legal expertise, industry knowledge, speed of client communication, cost-efficiency, and most of all, the quality of legal services.’

Key clients

Hyundai Engineering and Construction

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

Korea Line Corporation

Hanwha General Insurance Co Ltd

The Import-Export Bank of Korea

KB Insurance Co., Ltd

Chevron International Pte Ltd

The Standard Club

Hanjin Heavy Industries

Hyundai Merchant Marine

Pan Ocean Co., Ltd

Sungdong Shipbuilding

Daehan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

Sinokor Merchant Marine Co.,Ltd

Japan P&I Club

SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

Eukor Car Carriers. Inc

Macon Charter B.V.

SK Shipping Co., Ltd.

H-Line Shipping Co.,Ltd.

DB Insurance Co., Ltd

Feen Marine Scrubbers Inc.


Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

SC Engineering Co., Ltd.

Seil Textile Co., Ltd.

You Chang Trading Corp

Multi Asset Global Investments Co., Ltd

Lattice Technology Co., Ltd.

IMHO Shipping Corp

William Fry

Maersk Korea Limited


BHI Co., Ltd

We have advised our Korean clients on their key business decisions since the late 1970s. The majority of our work involves cross-border transactions and multi-jurisdictional disputes with international parties.

Our global reach and local presence makes us one of the largest law firm practices in the Asia Pacific region.

Our dedicated lawyers represent Korean global corporates, international banks, insurance companies, shipping and shipbuilding and trading companies as well as international insurance establishments which underwrite Korean business.

Over the years we have developed an excellent knowledge of Korean culture and its professional and social ways of life. This experience gives us a deep understanding of the Korean market and how to efficiently progress cases and transactions for our clients.

We provide a full range of commercial legal services, advising on inbound and outbound investment, contract negotiation, dispute resolution, joint ventures, finance, intellectual property, M&A, shipping and offshore contracts and projects.

Department Name Email Telephone
Shipping Michael Kim
Shipping Stuart Burrell
Shipbuilding & Off-shore construction Michael Kim
Marine insurance Michael Kim
Construction Michael Kim
Construction Daehee Lee
Commercial litigation Michael Kim
Commercial litigation Stuart Burrell
International arbitration Michael Kim
Commercial dispute Michael Kim
Ship Finance Ricky Kim
Photo Name Position Profile
 Stuart Burrell  photo Stuart Burrell A partner with an extensive range of shipping litigation and international arbitration…
 Ricky Kim  photo Ricky Kim Ricky is a banking and finance lawyer in our market leading finance…
 Michael Kim  photo Michael Kim Michael is the office managing partner of the Seoul office. He is…
 Hannah Lee photo Hannah Lee Hannah is an associate specialising in international arbitration and litigation arising from…
Number of lawyers : +500
at this office : 7
Contacts : Michael Kim (Managing partner - Seoul)