The effective handling and preparation of cases for court or arbitration is an essential part of your continued success in the maritime industry. At Reed Smith, our dry shipping lawyers are focused on achieving commercial and cost-effective outcomes for you. You will benefit from the deeper understanding of the way your business works that many of our associates have developed from in-house secondments to our clients.

In the current climate it is more important than ever that your operational documents – whether charterparty agreements, bills of lading, shipbuilding contracts or joint venture agreements – are properly drafted thus offering the right level of protection and commerciality. Our lawyers are at the forefront of many of these industry changes and understand the challenges that you are facing. We offer you innovative and intelligent ways of managing your documents.

Both our Dry and Wet Shipping teams are very experienced in dealing with all aspects of vessel arrest in ports around the world. With an unparalleled network of foreign offices and, where necessary correspondent lawyers, we can swiftly and efficiently help you manage any claims facing your business. The teams also regularly deal with associated ship arrests in South Africa (and elsewhere), seeking security and defending claims there as well. Further, we have access to a number of IT and vessel monitoring services to assist in checking the location of vessels and analysing ownership structures.