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Stephenson Harwood

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Stuart Beadnall

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Stephenson Harwood

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Marine and international trade.


Stuart is a leading specialist in shipping and energy, with particular expertise in dispute resolution and negotiating contracts relating to offshore oil and gas, shipbuilding, shipping, floating production and LNG/FLNG.  

He has relevant industry expertise, having worked as in-house counsel at BHP Petroleum and North West Shelf Shipping.  

Stuart has been lead adviser on numerous FPSO projects in the North Sea, various West African states and Australia, negotiating EPIC and production contracts and resolving disputes.  

He has a leading reputation in shipbuilding and offshore construction contracts, representing a number of top shipbuilders and assisting owners and their banks. He is a co-author of "Offshore Construction: Law and Practice" published by Informa.  

Stuart has advised on numerous LNG projects and disputes, being one of few lawyers with expertise in FSRU projects, the emerging floating LNG sector and LNG voyage charters.  

He is a member of the BIMCO sub-committee advising on the production of LNGVOY.

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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