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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 central issues.

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  • Admiralty and Casualty

    On our team, we have lawyers with industry experience as Master Mariners and in the fields of naval architecture, surveying and engineering. We also have partners who have worked in house at large shipowners. We use the experience and understanding to guide clients through all forms of causalities including, collisions, groundings, salvage, wreck removal and fires.

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  • Shipbuilding

    The ‘go-to’ firm for shipbuilding in the new era representing Owners and some of the largest shipbuilders in the world. Our specialist shipbuilding team’s experience includes hands-on industry backgrounds in ship construction and new-build surveying. we are well placed to provide specialist, pragmatic and tailored advice for drafting new-build contracts, renegotiating and altering existing contracts, and decisively dealing with any disputes.

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  • Insurance

    We are able to assist with all aspects of insurance and reinsurance. Our team of lawyers combines previous qualifications and experience from relevant industries allowing us to quickly get to the bottom of the issues both legal and factual. Our experience and qualifications includes having lawyers who are current and/or previous Master Mariners, naval architecture and offshore engineer, ship surveying, and experience acting inhouse for large shipowning company.

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  • Energy and Offshore

    Technically complex offshore and engineering issues are areas in which we are particularly adept. We have technical knowledge and experience within our legal team in the fields of naval architecture and offshore engineering to help guide you through any issues, including disputes involving jack-ups, semi-submersible 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 tanks.

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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 manner of issues relating to yachts and superyachts.

    Learn more
  • 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 central issues.

Learn more
Admiralty and Casualty

Admiralty and Casualty

On our team, we have lawyers with industry experience as Master Mariners and in the fields of naval architecture, surveying and engineering. We also have partners who have worked in house at large shipowners. We use the experience and understanding to guide clients through all forms of causalities including, collisions, groundings, salvage, wreck removal and fires.

Learn more
Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction

Shipbuilding

The ‘go-to’ firm for shipbuilding in the new era representing Owners and some of the largest shipbuilders in the world. Our specialist shipbuilding team’s experience includes hands-on industry backgrounds in ship construction and new-build surveying. we are well placed to provide specialist, pragmatic and tailored advice for drafting new-build contracts, renegotiating and altering existing contracts, and decisively dealing with any disputes.

Learn more
Insurance

Insurance

We are able to assist with all aspects of insurance and reinsurance. Our team of lawyers combines previous qualifications and experience from relevant industries allowing us to quickly get to the bottom of the issues both legal and factual. Our experience and qualifications includes having lawyers who are current and/or previous Master Mariners, naval architecture and offshore engineer, ship surveying, and experience acting inhouse for large shipowning company.

Learn more
Energy and Offshore

Energy and Offshore

Technically complex offshore and engineering issues are areas in which we are particularly adept. We have technical knowledge and experience within our legal team in the fields of naval architecture and offshore engineering to help guide you through any issues, including disputes involving jack-ups, semi-submersible 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 tanks.

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 manner of issues relating to yachts and superyachts.

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

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NEWS & KNOWLEDGE

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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Tatham Macinnes’ Capt Matt Forbes spends a month in command of medical aid vessel in Papua New Guinea   »

Tatham Macinnes are proud to sponsor one of their Master Mariner and Solicitor, Capt Matt Forbes, who has returned from acting as Master of the medical aid vessel YWAM PNG. Working in partnership with the local government, the converted former passenger vessel provides medical assistance to remote areas of Papua New Guinea (PNG), with onboard medical […]

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Collisions – Pitfalls, Banana Skins and Tips under English Law   »

Rule No 1: Never accept security without a Jurisdiction Agreement! Unless you have a very good reason, never accept security without a separate jurisdiction agreement in relation to the underlying collision. Failure to do this can result in the ultimate check-mate where a party will potentially be in a position of having security for their […]

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IMO 2020: Are We Ready?   »

We are less than six months away from possibly the biggest regulatory change the shipping industry has seen since the phasing out of single-hull tankers. From 1 January 2020, ships will have to use fuel oil with a sulphur content of no more than 0.50% m/m under regulation 14.1.3 of Annex VI of the MARPOL […]

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The “RENOS” – The Supreme Court settles the law on allowable CTL costs – no more “dry lemons”…

On 12 June 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment holding that: a) Pre-Notice of Abandonment (NOA) costs do count towards the CTL calculation – dealing with an issue which had not been addressed by English courts for over fifty years; and b) SCOPIC costs do not constitute “costs of repairing the damage” for […]

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New talent incoming at Tatham Macinnes   »

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Capt. Matthew Forbes to the team at Tatham Macinnes. Matt, is a Master Mariner and qualified solicitor. Matt has previously worked at both Ince & Co and Brookes Bell, investigating a wide range of casualties encompassing incidents including collisions, salvage, groundings, fires, pollution, and cargo damage. Matt has seagoing experience […]

Featured case studies

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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