Since 1925, our Shipping Group has continually been regarded as specialists in maritime law. Shipping remains a core area of our business and we presently have over 90 lawyers working in our shipping group, giving the firm a comprehensive knowledge of the important concerns of all aspects of the industry.
We maintain shipping practices in our offices in London, Dubai, Paris, Athens, Hong Kong, Singapore, Washington and New York from which we can service the needs of our global clients. Through our Formal Law Alliance (FLA) with Singapore law practice Resource Law LLC, we are able to service clients’ legal requirements in handling multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and cross-border work involving Singapore law.
Core areas in which the group advises include dry shipping. This often involves the preparation of cases for arbitration or the Commercial and Admiralty Courts. Many of these matters involve multi-jurisdictional disputes in which the group has extensive experience. The group’s dry shipping caseload includes charter party disputes, cargo claims, shipbuilding, conversions and repair disputes, ship sale and purchase, offshore and LNG, and superyachts disputes. The group also advises on the drafting of standard form or specialised contracts.
A further core area of the group where we advise is “wet” work, particularly collisions and other major casualties, and salvage, as well as Article 14, SCOPIC wreck removal and pollution, and their associated insurance and General Average implications. We also deal with guarantees and securities, fires, total losses, loss of and damage to containerised cargoes, oil and HNS pollution. It is our experience in handling casualties across the globe that often separates us from other firms’ wet practices.
The firm’s Ship Finance team, regarded as a leading group in the industry for “their know how and flexibility on complicated transactions”, advises on all aspects of the acquisition, disposal, financing and operation of ships, super yachts, and offshore equipment used in the maritime industry.
The Shipping Group has an international clientele including Ship owners, Charterers, Ports, Shipyards, Protection and Indemnity Associations, Defence Clubs, War Risks Clubs, Hull and Cargo Underwriters, Brokers, Salvors, Trade Associations, Transport Intermediaries, Banks, Energy & Trading Companies, funds and other institutions involved in the marine transport and insurance industries.
Our Shipping Group will provide advice to clients to whatever breadth and depth they require to fit with their case-handling requirements. We work regularly with independent surveyors and technical experts in most maritime countries. We are therefore able to advise clients on, and instruct, appropriate professionals at short notice. We are also experienced at working with our overseas offices and other independent lawyers in all major jurisdictions, to ensure proper co-ordination and handling of the case simultaneously in two or more countries.
Our global capabilities are complemented by our internationally focused team. A number of our lawyers are qualified in other jurisdictions including Greece, Australia, South Africa, France, Hong Kong and China. Members of the group speak Spanish, French, Italian, German, Polish, Russian, Mandarin, Afrikaans and Dutch.
The Group also includes highly experienced lawyers in New York and Washington, D.C., who guide our global clients through complex U.S. legal and regulatory issues of critical importance to shipping, such as environmental, sanctions, competition, offshore energy, finance and citizenship laws.
The Group is ranked in Band 1 for legal directory Chambers and Partners UK 2013, with clients confirming that the firm is "at the top of the tree," and note the scale of its international presence and "the calibre of the partners."