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Stephenson Harwood, Max Lemanski, London, ENGLAND

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.

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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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