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Max Lemanski

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Stephenson Harwood

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Marine and international trade.


A well-known shipping and energy litigator, Max works for a wide range of international shipowners and offshore contractors, P&I/FD&D clubs, shipyards and financers. Clients value his considerable experience and expertise, which span the full spectrum of dry shipping and energy litigation and arbitration disputes as well as non-contentious contract negotiations.

Max has broad experience representing clients in international arbitrations (with particular expertise in LMAA, LCIA and ICC arbitrations) and High Court disputes (including injunctive relief). He has also litigated in the European Court of Justice.

Max represents a wide range of shipowner clients and their P&I/FD&D clubs, with a focus on the London market and jurisdictions including the Scandinavian countries, Italy, India and Singapore. His experience includes the full range of dry shipping issues, including time and voyage charter disputes and claims under bills of lading. Max also has considerable expertise in shipbuilding disputes.

In the offshore sector, Max works with many of the firm's oil and gas clients and has considerable expertise advising in relation to FPSO disputes with clients based in Aberdeen, Norway and Houston. He has also developed expertise in the FLNG field.

On the non-contentious side, Max negotiates contracts such as shipbuilding contracts, time charters and refund guarantees. 

Max works with a number of yacht owners and specialist yards on disputes including refit disputes, paint problems and contractual cancellations.

Once a banking lawyer, Max also works closely with the firm's finance team on enforcement actions for finance institutions, including ship arrests and sales.

He regularly gives seminars for companies such as the Lloyd's Maritime Academy.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Stephenson Harwood 's Stuart Beadnall has a strong track record dealing with the maritime aspects of the oil and gas industry and recently advised an offshore contractor on its floating production, storage and offloading vessel in connection with an oil field in the North Sea. Max Lemanski is currently representing the owner of a floating production storage and offloading unit undergoing a complete refit pursuant to its redeployment from the North Sea to the coast of Brazil, and the group recently handled an increasing volume of new LNG, FSRU and FLNG-related mandates. On the contentious side, clients can rely on Haris Zografakis - who heads the commodities practice - and Sean Gibbons who most recently handled a commercial litigation case pertaining to alleged unpaid fees on behalf of a state-owned oil and gas company.

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London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Stephenson Harwood is a ‘friendly and approachable firm’ which has ‘excellent attention to detail and logistical acumen’ and is noted for its experience in high-value and complex shipping disputes. The team acted for the successful shipowners in a Supreme Court decision arising out of the seizure of the vessel MV Longchamp by Somali pirates and represented Commerzbank in a case which examined shipping loan agreements. It is also acting for PDVSA group companies in a number of shipping disputes. Head of marine and international trade Mike Phillips is ‘outstanding’; Nick Barber is noted for his ‘admiralty expertise, his brilliant investigative knowledge and experience’; Stuart Beadnall regularly advises on the maritime aspects of the oil and gas industry; Paolo Ghirardani is ‘simply brilliant’; Cristan Evans is ‘very professional, responsive and delivers a high-quality service’; Alex Davis leads the marine insurance and marine and casualty response groups; Tony Concagh is ‘extremely knowledgeable’; Sean Gibbons is noted for his experience in acting for Korean shipowners and shipyards in disputes; and Ingolf Kaiser is ‘very experienced. Simon Moore, Max Lemanski, Duncan McDonald, Haris Zografakis and senior associate Tom Adams are also key members of the team. Menelaus Kouzoupis recently joined from HFW.

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