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  • Shipping commercial

    You will want people who can deliver sensible legal and commercial solutions to the conflicts which are an inevitable part of shipping. Our team includes people who have first hand industry experience, including master mariners and a former naval architect and surveyor. We use that experience to quickly hone in on central issues.

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  • Admiralty and casualty

    We guide clients through the legal complexities that major incidents throw up, be that a grounding, collision or fire, whether resulting in a total loss or involving salvage, on-shipment of cargo, GA, pollution or wreck removal.

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  • Piracy and security

    The world does not get any safer and it is difficult not to transit across waters where coastal states are subject to internal conflict and where your vessels are not potentially exposed to collateral damage from attacks by warring factions or criminal gangs.

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  • Marine insurance

    Whatever your role in a maritime venture you will want to make sure that your commercial risk is insured. We provide contentious and advisory services to all stakeholders, including to insurers themselves.

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  • Offshore

    Whether you are an oil, drilling, or service company or an insurer we are experienced in reviewing contracts and in dispute resolution.

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  • International trade and commodities

    When goods are delayed or their condition differs from what is expected, parties to sale contracts need on the spot advice as to what can and can’t be done against the counterparty and possibly against a transport provider, and as to what practical and legal steps to take to minimise exposure and to secure the best possible recovery.

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  • Aviation

    We fly high! Aviation lawyers with an intimate understanding of the industry, and an approach that prioritises speed, straight talking and flexibility. Providing solutions that work for you.

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  1. Shipping commercial
  2. Admiralty and casualty
  3. Piracy and security
  4. Marine insurance
  5. Offshore
  6. International trade and commodities
  7. Aviation
Shipping commercial

Shipping commercial

You will want people who can deliver sensible legal and commercial solutions to the conflicts which are an inevitable part of shipping. Our team includes people who have first hand industry experience, including master mariners and a former naval architect and surveyor. We use that experience to quickly hone in on central issues.

Learn more
Admiralty and casualty

Admiralty and casualty

We guide clients through the legal complexities that major incidents throw up, be that a grounding, collision or fire, whether resulting in a total loss or involving salvage, on-shipment of cargo, GA, pollution or wreck removal.

Learn more
Piracy and security

Piracy and security

The world does not get any safer and it is difficult not to transit across waters where coastal states are subject to internal conflict and where your vessels are not potentially exposed to collateral damage from attacks by warring factions or criminal gangs.

Learn more
Marine insurance

Marine insurance

Whatever your role in a maritime venture you will want to make sure that your commercial risk is insured. We provide contentious and advisory services to all stakeholders, including to insurers themselves.

Learn more
Offshore

Offshore

Whether you are an oil, drilling, or service company or an insurer we are experienced in reviewing contracts and in dispute resolution.

Learn more
International trade and commodities

International trade and commodities

When goods are delayed or their condition differs from what is expected, parties to sale contracts need on the spot advice as to what can and can’t be done against the counterparty and possibly against a transport provider, and as to what practical and legal steps to take to minimise exposure and to secure the best possible recovery.

Learn more
Aviation

Aviation

We fly high! Aviation lawyers with an intimate understanding of the industry, and an approach that prioritises speed, straight talking and flexibility. Providing solutions that work for you.

Learn more

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NEWS & KNOWLEDGE

Stephen Askins – Lawyer of the Week

Partner, Stephen Askins, is The Times’ Lawyer of the Week following his work in helping to free the Chennai 6.   Stephen Askins acted pro bono for six British former soldiers — the “Chennai Six” — who had been guards on a US anti-piracy ship off the Indian coast. They won an appeal against their convictions […]

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Seaman Guard Ohio – Captain’s case reaches Supreme Court   »

The captains plight has reached the Supreme Court  as his application to be given treatment in a private hospital or be repatriated is considered. This in the context of extending the constitutional right to life. It is hoped that this will have a knock on effect on crew’s appeal currently being “reheard” after a year’s […]

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Trading to Yemen?   »

Does UNVIM’s order for ship’s to leave Hodeidah and Saleef make those ports unsafe or dangerous?  In an embarrassing U-turn (which surely undermines their credibility as an autonomous body) the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen team (UNVIM) admitted on 7th November that the security directive issued the day before was actually an […]

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British Tugowners Association Safety Seminar   »

Simon Tatham addressed the British Tugowners Association Safety Seminar in Edinburgh on 9 November 2017. He addressed issues on tug capsize cases in the light of recent reports MAIB accident reports.   BTA Photography winner (2014) – Rough Weather Svitzer Trimley in rough weather on the River Humber Sam Willis, Svitzer  

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Tug losses – Communication vital to offset risk

This article argues that over-reliance on the ability of a tug and its crew to be able to prevent the vessel from capsizing is common to many incidents. I have not been on board a girting tug, nor want to be. I do know that when a yacht broaches in high winds or a dinghy gybes […]

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Ransoms revisited   »

US Executive Order signals change of approach to payments to terrorists, in contrast to UK’s Counter Terrorism and Security Act. On 24th June 2015 President Obama issued an Executive Order which set out the conclusions to the recent US review on dealing with hostages. Like the UK, the US had a strict policy against even […]

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A run of the mill cargo claim was then anything but because the port was then bombed by the Saudi Air Force. The container cranes were knocked out and bomb damage was strewn across the quayside. The crew spent an uncomfortable night deep in the engine room.

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A vessel in transit off the Niger Delta was attacked by two skiffs. After a chase and a sustained attack with automatic weapons some of the gang gained access to the vessel and stormed the bridge. Four crew were taken off the vessel and put into the skiffs.

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Tatham Macinnes acted for a well known UK based ship sale & purchase broker following the discovery that their website had been cloned. They had received a call from a disgruntled trader in the Middle East who had sold a consignment of frozen fish via the fraudulent brokers, and had not been paid.

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