Shipping Industry Group

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Our market leading Shipping Group is made up of multidisciplinary lawyers including specialists in litigation, finance, regulatory and corporate transactions. The group has a significant global presence, operating from Reed Smith’s offices in London, the United States, Europe and Asia. We have recently expanded our shipping offering in Asia by forming an alliance with Resource Law LLC who are able to advise on all Singapore law shipping issues. This gives our range of internationally renowned clients in the shipping, offshore, casualty and finance sectors the optimum platform for the legal support they require to engage in their business activities.

With over 90 years of experience and a reputation for exceptional quality and know-how, our longevity in the market is matched by our significant presence. Currently, the group boasts over 100 lawyers including 8 seafarers, of whom 6 are master mariners.

Our clients range across the full spectrum of the maritime industry. We advise the International Group of P&I clubs, as well as providing advice to owners, charterers, managers, operators, shipbuilders and key players in the offshore and LNG space. With a renowned global wet practice, we also regularly work with salvors, hull, machinery and marine insurers on high profile marine casualties including collisions, fires, general average cases and wreck removals. Furthermore, our specialist ship finance lawyers advise a host of clients, including banks, distress and private equity, funds and other investors in the sale and purchase of vessels, superyachts, loan portfolios and restructuring and insolvency.

The group further benefits from Reed Smith’s wider practice group offering, with lawyers from our Bankruptcy, Competition, Corporate, Energy and Natural Resources, Employment, Finance, Insurance and Tax practices, regularly advising on our matters. Combining our group lawyers with these specialist lawyers, gives our clients the perfect team to advise on their legal matters, no matter what the size, complexity or jurisdiction.

Reed Smith’s standing in the maritime community, means that we are regularly acknowledged by our peers in the market. Our clients are reassured by our group’s continued tier one ranking in the prominent legal directories such as Chambers. This, combined with our dedication to ensuring that each client, matter and individual benefits from our personal relationships and commitment to value and transparency ensures that the Reed Smith Shipping Group deliver a high quality service at a competitive price.