Mr Ed Watt > Addleshaw Goddard > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

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Ed is a recognised leading commercial shipping lawyer and head of the firm’s shipping group. Ed has acted in the sale or purchase and registration of more than 200 vessels, and is a recognised expert in dual registration of ships in the Caspian Sea. With an international practice acting for ship owners, builders and banks, Ed has led negotiations and completions in over 20 countries. His experience covers the full range of transactional and commercial needs of clients in the shipping, offshore renewable energy, and oil & gas sectors. He specialises in the sale, purchase and registration of ships, in particular offshore vessels; commercial agreements, time charters and tender negotiations for major projects; ship building contracts and complex bareboat lease structures. “Ed Watt continues to operate on an almost bewildering international scale” Scotsman Legal Review


Trained HBJ Gateley; qualified 1999; partner HBJ Gateley 2005 to date, head of shipping 2008. Publications of note: co-author of ‘Ship Registration: Law and Practice’ (Lloyd’s Shipping Law Library – Informa, 2009 2nd edition, 3rd edition forthcoming).


George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh; University of Edinburgh (1996 LLB Hons; 1997 Dip LP); University of London (2001 LLM merit).

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Scotland > Transport

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Ed WattAddleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard boosted its infrastructure offering in August 2020 with the arrival of a team from DWF including Suzanne Moir, whose focus lies on advising public sector clients on major infrastructure procurements. Sarah Baillie provides airports with planning and road law advice and handles transport matters arising from housing and commercial developments. The firm’s main strength, however, remains its shipping offering led by Ed Watt, who advises banks, port authorities, shipowners and operators alongside oilfield services companies on ship registration, international and domestic transactional, corporate and ship finance including associated disputes.