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SHIPPING

COMMERCIAL MARINE

The experience of our shipping team is acknowledged globally and our team are known to be leaders in their field.

We advise on the full spectrum of commercial marine matters, which includes both contentious and non-contentious legal issues.

We routinely advise on complex, cross-border matters spanning sectors as diverse as the acquisition of oil & gas and offshore assets, through to the resolution of casualties on behalf of insurers. Our clients praise us for our “impeccable response times, precise legal advice and commercial approach to keep our business moving”.

Recent examples of our expertise:

Ship Sale and Purchase

The sale and acquisition of commercial tonnage is at the heart of our practice and, indeed, at the very heart of our firm. It is what we do, day-in, day-out. From bulk carriers to geological survey vessels, we are regarded as experts in our field and pride ourselves on simplifying even the most complicated, multi-jurisdiction transactions.

Shipping Litigation

We are regularly instructed by both claimants and defendants in high-value, complex, multi-party disputes and especially where legal advice needs to be complemented by reasoned, commercial considerations.

Whether the dispute calls for litigation or arbitration, our priority is to handle and prepare your case strategically to achieve the best outcome for you, and nobody else. Typically this is driven by the best commercial outcome for the matter at hand, but we are equally aware that sometimes the immediate outcome is secondary to your medium and long term strategies. Clients routinely tell us that this understanding is what really sets us apart from our competitors.

Insurance

Our team’s experience of insurance law, in both advisory and dispute resolution, spans over 30 years.

We rely on our extensive network of overseas contacts, which assists us to effectively manage cross-jurisdiction elements and provide a comprehensive service to you, which is complemented by a solid understanding of the marketplace.

Finance

With a substantial proportion of our clients’ tonnage being financed, we are adept when it comes to both finance and re-finance. We advise both owners and lenders and our appointment to banking institutions’ panels provides a useful insight when advising both lenders and owners.

Offshore (Oil & Gas)

Advising on offshore services both in the UK and internationally forms a key part of our offering, including supply and safety vessels, anchor handles and diver supports, as well as pipe-lay and bury barges.

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