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Stephenson Harwood, Duncan McDonald, London, ENGLAND

Duncan McDonald

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Stephenson Harwood

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Marine and international trade.


A senior partner in the firm's marine and international trade team, Duncan is a leading practitioner in his field. He represents a wide range of interests including shipowners, charterers, commodities traders and banks and has a vast experience of advising those involved in the shipbuilding and offshore construction sectors. He has been singled out by The Legal 500 for his pragmatic and commercial approach and has been described as a "tough negotiator".

Duncan has more than 30 years' experience of working both in London and the Far East. He has a predominantly European and Far Eastern client base including shipowners and charterers, P&I and FD&D Clubs, shipyards, commodities traders and banks. He is recognised for his "first class" ability "to balance the legal and commercial aspects" and as “a real star, top talent.”

He has extensive experience of drafting and negotiating shipbuilding and ship repair contracts, charterparty terms and Memoranda of Agreement. He is described as "tough and commercially aware" (The Legal 500 UK 2014) in his approach to negotiations and dispute resolution.

Duncan has comprehensive experience of arbitration, High Court litigation and forms of alternative dispute resolution in the shipping sphere and has been involved in numerous high value and complex disputes relating to vessels and offshore structure of all types, and has handled many hundreds of disputes arising under charterparties, COAs and MoA’s. Over recent years he has successfully handled a number of ground-breaking cases in which the law has been developed. 

His specialist shipowner clients include a leading European shipowner specialising in the installation of offshore wind turbines.

Duncan has provided commentary and analysis to the global media including BBC News on shipping matters.

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Stephenson Harwood

  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
    - Stephenson Harwood

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