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The firm works closely with owners, charterers and their P & I and Defence Clubs, Charterers’ Liability Underwriters, Hull & Machinery Underwriters and Cargo and Transit Insurers.

The firm has a worldwide client base including substantial Liner and tramp operators, ship managers, commodity traders, freight forwarders & hauliers in addition to shipowners, charterers and underwriters. We have strong links with a network of foreign correspondents.


Accordingly, the firm handles disputes involving:

  • Collision, salvage and related marine casualties

  • General average and cargo transhipment

  • Marine insurance disputes

  • Charterparty disputes

  • Claims under contracts of carriage including bills of lading/waybills, booking notes and CMR disputes

  • Shipbuilding, ship sale and MOA disputes

  • Cargo (liquid and dry) quality & quantity disputes

  • Sale of goods/trading disputes

  • Crewing and manning disputes, including ITF disputes

  • General insurance and re-insurance

  • CIF & FOB contract disputes

  • Shipping related personal injury claims

  • Bunker disputes

  • Drafting of charterparties, bills of lading and slot charter agreements

  • Advice in relation to marine and non-marine insurance (transit and warehousing), including drafting of contracts

  • Sale and purchase of vessels and rigs

  • Drafting and preparation of all security documentation together with registration in appropriate flag states in connection with ship purchase transactions

  • Joint venture and commercial agreements

  • Ship arrest and injunctive relief

  • Offshore company formation

The firm engages in Court litigation as well as LMAA, FOSFA, GAFTA & ICC arbitrations. We also act on behalf of our clients in instructing foreign correspondents and following up legal proceedings abroad. We are familiar with the laws of the major maritime and trading nations.


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