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  • Shipping Commercial

    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 the central issues and to help you to resolve your issue as quickly as possible.

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  • Admiralty and Casualty

    In our team, we have lawyers with industry experience including as Master Mariners and in the fields of naval architecture, surveying and engineering. We use that experience and understanding to guide clients through all forms of casualties including, collisions, groundings, salvage, wreck removal and fires.

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  • Shipbuilding

    We represent owners and some of the largest shipbuilders in the world. Our specialist shipbuilding legal team’s experience includes hands-on industry experience in ship constructions and new-build surveying. We provide specialist, pragmatic and tailored advice to help negotiate new-building contracts and decisively deal with any building and repair disputes.

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  • Insurance

    We are able to assist with all aspects of insurance and reinsurance law. Our lawyers combine previous qualifications and experience from relevant industries allowing us to quickly get to the heart of your issues both legal and factual, helping you to resolve problems quickly. Our experience and qualifications includes lawyers who are current and/or previous Master Mariners, and who have experience in the fields of naval architecture and offshore engineering and class surveying, we use this experience to your advantage.

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  • Energy and Offshore

    We are adept at dealing with technically complex offshore and engineering legal issues. We have technical knowledge and experience within our legal team in the fields of naval architecture and offshore engineering to help guide you through all issues, including disputes involving jack-ups, semi-submersibles and FPSOs. Our team of Master Mariners are available to assist on the shipping side of disputes, whether that be in relation to specialised offshore support vessels or the largest oil tankers.

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  • Yachts and Superyachts

    We have specialist marine lawyers who are dual qualified as Master Mariners and with backgrounds in naval architecture and Class surveying. As a result, we can assist yacht owners, managers, brokers, insurers and yards in all matters relating to yachts and superyachts whether that be newbuildings, casualty or insurance related issues.

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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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  1. Shipping Commercial
  2. Admiralty and Casualty
  3. Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction
  4. Insurance
  5. Energy and Offshore
  6. Yachts and Superyachts
  7. International Trade and Commodities
Shipping Commercial

Shipping Commercial

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 the central issues and to help you to resolve your issue as quickly as possible.

Learn more
Admiralty and Casualty

Admiralty and Casualty

In our team, we have lawyers with industry experience including as Master Mariners and in the fields of naval architecture, surveying and engineering. We use that experience and understanding to guide clients through all forms of casualties including, collisions, groundings, salvage, wreck removal and fires.

Learn more
Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction

Shipbuilding

We represent owners and some of the largest shipbuilders in the world. Our specialist shipbuilding legal team’s experience includes hands-on industry experience in ship constructions and new-build surveying. We provide specialist, pragmatic and tailored advice to help negotiate new-building contracts and decisively deal with any building and repair disputes.

Learn more
Insurance

Insurance

We are able to assist with all aspects of insurance and reinsurance law. Our lawyers combine previous qualifications and experience from relevant industries allowing us to quickly get to the heart of your issues both legal and factual, helping you to resolve problems quickly. Our experience and qualifications includes lawyers who are current and/or previous Master Mariners, and who have experience in the fields of naval architecture and offshore engineering and class surveying, we use this experience to your advantage.

Learn more
Energy and Offshore

Energy and Offshore

We are adept at dealing with technically complex offshore and engineering legal issues. We have technical knowledge and experience within our legal team in the fields of naval architecture and offshore engineering to help guide you through all issues, including disputes involving jack-ups, semi-submersibles and FPSOs. Our team of Master Mariners are available to assist on the shipping side of disputes, whether that be in relation to specialised offshore support vessels or the largest oil tankers.

Learn more
Yachts and Superyachts

Yachts and Superyachts

We have specialist marine lawyers who are dual qualified as Master Mariners and with backgrounds in naval architecture and Class surveying. As a result, we can assist yacht owners, managers, brokers, insurers and yards in all matters relating to yachts and superyachts whether that be newbuildings, casualty or insurance related issues.

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.

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NEWS & KNOWLEDGE

Bunker Roundup|Part III: LNG: A cleaner way forward

The IMO has aimed high to reduce CO2 emissions intensity (against the 2008 baseline) by at least 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050, and to halve international shipping greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Whereas the industry is on the lookout for the next zero or low emission alternative, LNG stands out as the […]

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Bunker Roundup|Part II: Are scrubbers a lost cause?   »

It has been reported that only about 150 vessels entered repair yards for scrubber retrofits during April and May 2020[1]. It has been estimated that 700 scrubbers might potentially be cancelled or postponed[2]. Scrubbers have been recognised as a relevant compliance solution for the 2020 sulphur limit. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the oil […]

Bunker Roundup |Part I: Off-specification VLSFO: Blame it on the COVID-19?   »

Amid the COVID-19 chaos, the oil industry witnessed a historical event when the price of US oil collapsed into negative territory for the first time ever[1]. In the first half of 2020, global and regional lockdowns and restrictions in response to the pandemic dried up the demand for oil to almost vanishing point. Steep oil […]

Trapped Seafarers: The Legal and Practical Implications – Can We See Fairer Waters Ahead?   »

The spread of Covid-19 has seen the imposition of lockdowns across the globe. As has been widely reported, these restrictions on travel have left hundreds of thousands of seafarers stuck at sea, in some cases well past the expiry of their original contracts. Undertaking the now much needed crew changes poses a significant logistical challenge […]

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Impact of COVID-19 on Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction Contracts: Is a Pandemic the Same as an Epidemic? Does a ‘Supervening Illegality’ Trump a Force Majeure Clause?

In the wake of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) worldwide outbreak, the socio-economic activities in many countries have been impeded on an unprecedented scale. The shipbuilding / offshore construction industry alone has been exposed to significant difficulties, such as compulsory lockdowns, mandatory quarantines, shortage of labour, shortage of supplies and materials, and many governmental restrictions and policies […]

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Are STS “Collisions” Collisions at all?   »

Are STS “Collisions” Collisions at all? – Points to Note with STS Damage Claims The first question that arises with an STS collision is – is it a “collision” at all? Intuitively, it does not feel like a collision. Indeed, in many instances, the vessels are already joined together with mooring equipment. Therefore, it may not […]

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Groundings and collisions within such close proximity to large banks often involves the unpredictable and often misunderstood hydrodynamic effect of vessel interaction with the banks and bottom of the Suez Canal.

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We became involved whilst the vessel was listing heavily and taking on water. She had already signed LOF with SCOPIC incorporated and invoked, and she eventually capsized with half the vessel beneath and half the vessel above the waterline.

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Tatham Macinnes undertook a challenging case whereby two major container vessels had suffered severe corrosion to various engineering machinery parts, including fuel pumps, plungers and purifier bowls. One of the vessels involved had experienced a blackout and a subsequent collision with a pier.

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