Firms To Watch: Shipping

Jaffa & Co, founded in 2019, is a boutique firm with a focus on superyachts that has recently expanded with the addition of former MFB partner James Foley-Comer in summer 2022.

Shipping in London


An enviable roster of clients turn to HFW to assist with high-profile and complex maritime matters that span wet and dry shipping alike. The team’s pronounced ability to handle war risk, piracy and sanctions matters further distinguishes the practice, which is headed up by Paul Dean, who is noted for his in-depth knowledge relating to autonomous vessels. Dry shipping is a particular area of expertise for Jean Koh, while Elinor Dautlich‘s practice spans commercial shipping as well as yachts, cruises, and LNG issues. Richard Neylon and Alex Kemp specialise in crisis response alongside master mariner Claire Womersley. Hailed as a ‘go-to lawyer for marine insurance’, Michael Ritter is well versed in marine casualty work. Paolo GhirardaniJim Cashman and Rory Butler are also key individuals in the group in addition to legal director Jenny Salmon. Salvages, collisions and other wet shipping matters are at the core of Andrew Chamberlain‘s practice. Craig Naeme left for an in-house position in March 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Dean; Jean Koh; Dominic Johnson; Daniel Martin; Adam Shire; Elinor Dautlich

Autres avocats clés:

Paolo Ghirardani; Rory Butler; Jim Cashman; Richard Neylon; Jenny Salmon; Alex Kemp; Michael Ritter; Claire Womersley; Alessio Sbraga; Andrew Chamberlain

Les références

‘Dedication to marine shipping sector, technical knowledge and commercial capability.’

‘Strong legal capabilities, updated on newest legal developments, good commercial understanding and ability to suggest various solutions to a concern or raised problem.’

‘Alex Kemp is my go-to lawyer for marine insurance.’

Principaux clients

Marine War Risk Insurers: Hellenic War Risks; Norwegian War Club; Travelers, Beazley, Sompo Japan, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire

Luster Maritime SA, Higaki Sangyo Kaisha Ltd and the UK P&I Club

Herculito Maritime Ltd, Griffin Underwriting Ltd, UK Club


RTE Reseau de Transport D’Electricite SA (RTE)

Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed by War Risk Insurers since the start of the Ukraine war and have handled 25 stranded vessels – with a combined asset value of  $500m.
  • Representing the owners of the EVER GIVEN in the matter arising from the grounding of the vessel in the Suez Canal in March 2021.
  • Advising RTE on a collision that occurred between SAGA SKY and STEMA Barge II, resulting in damage to sub-sea electricity cables which run between France and the UK.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP stands out as a prominent player in shipping, advising and representing shipowners, banks, insurers and commodities companies in market-leading matters. The team is well-equipped to handle cross-border matters due to the firm’s global footprint, assisting with the full gamut of maritime work. Led by Richard Hakes, the practice’s deep bench includes shipping heavyweights Charles Weller, Andrew Taylor and Richard Gunn, who is praised as ‘the best mariner lawyer in the business’. Insurers, shipowners and charterers benefit from Stephen Kirkpatrick‘s expertise in maritime law, while Thor Maalouf is well-versed in electronic bills of lading, oil pollution incidents, and charterparties, among other issues. Further key practitioners are shipbuilding and offshore expert Alex Andrews and Alexander Sandiforth, whose experience spans both contentious and non-contentious shipping work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Hakes

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Gunn; Alex Andrews; Andrew Taylor; Charles Weller; Alexander Sandiforth; Thor Maalouf; Stephen Kirkpatrick; Nick Austin; Jeb Clulow; Sally-Ann Underhill; Antonia Panayides

Les références

‘Excellent global reach and resources, with skilled lawyers performing at the highest level.’

‘Richard Gunn – still the best mariner-lawyer in the business. Huge experience combining both wet and dry shipping expertise.’

‘A very knowledgeable team with a good mix of technical and industry knowledge.’

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s shipping practice in London frequently collaborates with the firm’s Guildford and Newcastle teams to provide comprehensive advice on various shipping matters, particularly in relation to cargo claims and other maritime disputes. The team handles complex disputes in the London shipping market, such as those relating to ship fires, collisions and groundings, representing clients in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and acting in international arbitrations. Key contacts include Simon Culhane, praised for his ‘terrific judgement’, as well as head of marine cargo casualty Jai Sharma. Will Trustram is well-versed in both shipping and commodities work, while Stephen Mackin remains a go-to adviser for issues surrounding charterparties and bills of lading. Jessica Maitra departed for an in-house position in January 2023, and Martin Hall left the firm in May 2023 to Hill Dickinson LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Culhane; Jai Sharma

Autres avocats clés:

Stephen Mackin; Will Trustram; Eleanor Coates

Les références

‘Clyde & Co are market leaders in shipping, commodities and international arbitration. They are very effective and very good at training their young lawyers.’

‘Simon Culhane – galaxy brain, terrific judgment.’

‘Jai Sharma is really quite brilliant – he is innovative, always on top of his brief, and has a real gift of thinking outside the box.’


Kennedys is highly regarded in the shipping marine insurance field, representing maritime stakeholders in significant cases in courts and arbitration proceedings. Christopher Dunn spearheads the practice and is renowned for his proficiency in cargo insurance claims. Shipowners, insurers and charterers regularly turn to Patrick Foss for his expertise in claims including those relating to hull and machinery, loss of hire, and war risks. Michael Biltoo handles both non-contentious work, such as sale, purchase and charterparty contracts, as well as dry shipping and insurance disputes. Legal director Shaan Burton is noted for her involvement in cargo claims and warehouse disputes, and experience in policy coverage advice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christopher Dunn

Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Foss; Michael Biltoo; Shaan Burton; Chris Zavos; Andrew Purssell

Les références

‘They have the expertise/knowledge to handle any type of case.’

‘Their team is second to none, they listen to what you are saying, find unique solutions and work as a team with you.’

Principaux clients

Pequod Associates Ltd


Beazley Group

Liberty Syndicates


Mitsui Sumitomo

CV Starr



WE Cox


Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for QBE and London market underwriters which provided mortgagee interest insurance to YieldStreet – a provider of ‘crowd lending’ services that lent $90m to North Star Maritime Holdings to purchase vessels for scrap and was expected to be repaid with the proceeds of the scrap sale.
  • Advising underwriters, as war risk insurers of multiple vessels in Kherson, Mykolaiv, Chornomorsk and other Odessa ports, which have been unable to depart those ports following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
  • Advising underwriters, as insurers of various cargo interests for goods on board vessels and/or on land in store in Kherson, Mykolaiv, Chornomorsk and other Odessa ports which have been unable to depart those ports following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.


MFB provides ‘top-level service to the shipping sector’, with expertise that extends to both wet and dry shipping matters, and encompasses contentious and non-contentious issues. Edward Gray leads the team, which counts shipowners, shipyards and charterers among its clients. Kevin Cooper focuses on casualties and also has a vibrant yacht and superyacht practice. Disputes related to charterparties and bills of lading form the core of Mark Seward‘s advisory portfolio; ‘the very knowledgeable and experienced’ Simon Wolsey also focuses on contentious shipping work. Clients turn to Ingolf Kaiser on matters of sustainability, LNG issues and electronic bills of lading.

Responsables de la pratique:

Edward Gray

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Seward; Kevin Cooper; Ingolf Kaiser; Simon Wolsey

Les références

‘They are a leading firm providing top-level service to the shipping sector. They stand out for the quality of advice, speed, and efficiency.’

‘MFB are one of the leading boutique shipping firms offering top-quality advice.’

‘Simon Wolsey is very knowledgeable and experienced. He is able to use that to achieve excellent results for clients.’

Principaux clients

Standard Club


Norwegian Hull Club

Swedish Club

UK P&I Club

London Club

West P&I Club

Skuld P&I Club

North P&I Club

Britannia P&I Club

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Japanese client “K” Line (Europe) Ltd, which was sued for £7m for breach of contract by an English haulage company.
  • Advising the operators of the “ONE APUS” and its insurers in relation to the largest ever loss of containers from a vessel at sea, with potential claims of up to $200m.
  • Advising various clients in relation to delays suffered to vessels as a result of the blockage of the Suez Canal by the “EVER GIVEN” in March 2021.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood is regularly involved in casualty and charterparty disputes, as well as non-contentious matters spanning transactional work and shipbuilding matters. The team, led by Alex Davis, also handles issues involving charterparties, shipbuilding work, casualty matters, and marine insurance. Particular expertise within the group also exists in relation to FPSO disputes and offshore construction work; the latter is a central component of Max Lemanski‘s practice. Shipbuilding and contentious offshore matters constitute key areas of experience for Sean Gibbons, while litigator Kirsty MacHardy is praised for her ‘strong legal advice’ and ‘keen awareness of the commercial issues.’ Managing associate Nikki Chu is experienced in shipping contracts as well as dry and LNG disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alex Davis

Autres avocats clés:

Sean Gibbons; Max Lemanski; Kirsty MacHardy; Philip Prowse; Jameel Tarmohamed; Stuart Beadnall; Nick Barber; Nikki Chu

Les références

‘A large law firm, with a strong and talented shipping law team. ‘

‘The firm is definitely the first port of call for any shipowner, charterer or commodity trader who has found themselves in a legal storm.’

‘Kirsty MacHardy is a very capable and experienced shipping lawyer. Kirsty has an intimate knowledge and understanding of the commercial workings of a charterparty and the way it interacts with the law.’

Campbell Johnston Clark

Campbell Johnston Clark covers ship financing work, cargo and ship insurance issues, and collision cases, among others. The team, led by Alistair Johnston and James Clayton, is praised for its ‘robust and well-rounded advice’ and covers both contentious and non-contentious maritime matters. Maria Borg Barthet excels in wet and dry shipping cases, while associate Amy Lindemann is sought after for her expertise in transactional and financing work. Marine insurance, casualty issues and charterparty matters are some of the key strengths for Duncan Ealand.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alistair Johnston; James Clayton

Autres avocats clés:

Maria Borg Barthet; Duncan Ealand; Amy Lindemann; Andrew Gray

Les références

‘Campbell Johnston Clark is a boutique law firm with a strong team.’

‘Campbell Johnston Clark is truly a professional entity.’

‘Robust and well-rounded advice based on a keen understanding of marine insurance law and market practice.’

Principaux clients



Anglo Shipping


BOT Lease

Carisbrooke Shipping

Columbia Shipmanagement

Cool Co

Credit Europe Bank

Credit Suisse


Gulf Navigation

Hadley Shipping / Foreland / AW Ship Management

James Fisher PLC

Kiran Shipping

Kiran Shipping

Lomar Shipmanagement

Mitsui OSK Line (MOL)


Pacific Green Technologies Group

Pan Ocean

PG Tankers


Seaboard Marine

Shipowners P&I Club

Siem Group

SMT Shipping

Tokio Marine Houston Casualty

Union Maritime

Mills & Co

Mills & Co, based in Newcastle, is regularly involved in contentious maritime work ranging from insurance matters to cargo claims and issues arising out of charterparties. Guy Mills is the key contact for the practice's litigation work, while Nicola Jeanes focuses on non-contentious shipping mandates. Unsafe port claims and matters relating to hull damage are central components of Andreas Welz‘ advisory portfolio.

Autres avocats clés:

Guy Mills; Nicola Jeanes; Andreas Welz; Simon Williams

Les références

‘They are a no-frills law firm with strong technical abilities.’

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Praised for its ‘dedication to its clients and a pragmatic commercial attitude’, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP sports a robust shipping practice that is regularly involved in a wide spectrum of disputes. Darryl Kennard receives frequent instructions from shipowners, underwriters and salvage companies, handling both wet and dry matters; he jointly leads the team with Alex McIntosh, whose areas of focus include charterparties, bills of lading, and casualties. Mark Sachs retains strong ties with clients in the Japanese insurance sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Darryl Kennard; Alex McIntosh

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Donnelly; James Severn; Tony Riches; Mark Sachs

Les références

‘Vast experience of shipping associated with a dedication to their clients and a pragmatic commercial attitude.’

‘The solicitors at the firm are considered part of the client’s team.’

‘Alex McIntosh has been really great at providing concise advice despite the complex nature of the problem we were facing. His solutions are practical and commercially appropriate, and he is quick to pivot if/when we need to change approach.’

Principaux clients

Condor Ferries Ltd

Gard P&I


NYK Orpheus Corporation

West of England P&I

North of England P&I

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for vessel owners in a three-way collision in the Panama Canal.

Preston Turnbull

Preston Turnbull has built a strong reputation in handling contentious shipping matters such as collisions, shipbuilding and charterparty disputes, and cargo damage claims. Representing clients in arbitrations as well as in the High Court and Supreme Court, the practice includes Andrew Preston, who is a go-to contact for bunker disputes. Matters with a cross-border dimension, particularly in regard to Latin America and Spain, are a particular area of expertise for Elizabeth Turnbull. Another key member of the practice with experience across a broad range of contentious work is Dolly Brown.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Preston; Elizabeth Turnbull; Fanos Theophani; Rob Collins; Ed Mills-Webb; Tom Kelly; Dolly Brown; Marie Sundell; Menelaos Nicolaou

Les références

‘Extremely clear and pragmatic.’

‘What makes this company unique is the very good personal relationship with its members and the huge knowledge they have about our company.’

‘Elizabeth Turnbull is a leading person in the field of maritime law. She offers a very close client service. She has a very good analytical capacity and is very good at identifying the needs of the customer.’

Principaux clients

Thomas Miller P&I Limited

West of England Insurance Services

Britannia Steamship Insurance Ltd

BBC Chartering

Western Bulk Shipping



Holcim Trading



Ducat Maritime Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Ocean Light Shipping and Gard in relation to disputes worth $76m arising from cargo non/misdelivery.
  • Representing Euronav and Britannia in the defence of claims for misdelivery of a cargo of LSFO worth $26m.
  • Representing Abarca Companhia de Seguros in claims worth €36m arising from the termination of a Shipbuilding Contract.

Schjodt LLP

Schjodt LLP‘s shipping practice saw a change of leadership in 2022 with Jeremy Biggs taking up the role of practice head in light of Will Marshall’s departure to an in-house position. Meanwhile, the firm continues to add notable practitioners to its roster, most recently Christian Dwyer and James Drummond, both previously at Ince & Co. Advising on issues ranging from shipbuilding work to disputes, the team handles matters across the full spectrum of shipping mandates and counts Jonas Adolfsson among its notable contacts for both wet and dry shipping work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeremy Biggs

Autres avocats clés:

Christian Dwyer; David Gardner; Jonas Adolfsson; Carl Walker; James Drummond

Principaux clients

BW Offshore



Ocean Yield

C Transport Maritime

d’Amico Shipping Group

Stealth Maritime / Vafias Group

Trafigura Maritime Logistics

Star Bulk Shipping

NGM Energy / Moundreas


BB Energy

Altera Infrastructure


Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s shipping team delivers comprehensive advice to maritime clients, showcasing deep proficiency in the enforcement of ship mortgages alongside insolvency and restructuring work. The firm also sports expertise in sanction-related matters as well as disputes and ESG issues. George Macheras is the key partner, acting as global maritime sector co-head, and noted for his experience in dry shipping and ship finance matters. Mike Phillips is lauded for his ‘valuable and creative support’, while Robert Platt focuses on contentious matters and commercial contracts. Marcus Dodds left the firm for an in-house position in November 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

George Macheras

Autres avocats clés:

Mike Phillips; Robert Platt; Charles Buss; Daniel Saunders; Andrew Ward; Toby Royal

Les références

‘Consistently punches above its weight and provides a high-quality service.’

‘A genuine full service law firm – we use WFW for our shipbuilding contracts and time charterparties and they can pull in other practices when needed.’

‘Robert Platt – intelligent negotiator, understated style and manner which achieves results, very user friendly and thinks of practical solutions under pressure. Recommended for shipbuilding contracts.’

Principaux clients

MSC Cruises

MSC Group


Genco Shipping & Trading Limited

EnTrust Global

Maas Capital Shipping BV

Navigator Holdings

Clean Sea Transport LLC

PointState Capital LP

YieldStreet Management, LLC

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Royal Caribbean Group

Ardmore Shipping Corporation

Altera Infrastructure

Tor Boreas

Anglo American

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Sovcomflot on its exit of the Western debt market.
  • Advising MSC Cruises on the delivery of the “MSC Seascape”.
  • Advising NIBC Bank on the sale of its offshore energy portfolio to an undisclosed buyer.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein is praised for its ‘ability to advise in English and Norwegian law’, which allows the firm’s shipping and offshore group to be a go-to outfit for multi-jurisdictional matters including those relating to casualties and sanctions. Practice head Chris Grieveson has a broad advisory portfolio that sees him dealing with work ranging from shipbuilding cases and contentious sale and purchase issues to wet shipping matters. The firm also has particularly strong connections to the Greek market, where Baptiste Weijburg took over as the group’s main contact following the retirement of Nick Shepherd in December 2022. Rob Jardine-Brown is the key name for contentious work, while Eleanor Midwinter has in-depth experience pertaining to dry shipping, marine insurance, and shipbuilding matters. The firm secured a major coup in September 2023 with the hire of a team of 17 fee earners from Ince including Michael Volikas and Ian Chetwood.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Grieveson

Autres avocats clés:

Eleanor Midwinter; Jonathan Goldfarb; Rob Jardine-Brown; Baptiste Weijburg

Les références

‘We work with Wikborg Rein in particular due to their ability to provide our clients legal advice not only in English law but also in Norwegian law.’

‘I have always found them to be friendly, efficient, sensitive to commercial realities as well as legal principles and in general a pleasure to work with.’

‘Very flexible approach and client friendly.’

Principaux clients

Havila Kystruten Operations AS

Navios Maritime Holdings and its group companies

Eastern Pacific Shipping

Marmaris Navigation

George Economou group companies (TMS Group, Dryships, Cardiff Marine)


Marmaras Navigation

Prysmian PowerLink

West of England P&I

The Standard Club

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Havila Group in litigation against GTLK, involving sanctions and divestment of finance contracts for the design and build of coastal passenger vessels in Norway; obtained freezing order and custodianship order for forced use, and won a judgment on interpretation of payment clauses and rights under the contracts.
  • Acting for Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association and Samudera Shipping Line in respect of a collision between two tankers in the Singapore Straight and related class action by 1200 claimants before the Singaporean High Court.
  • Acted for Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd in a reported force majeure case, successfully defending a deposit claim by buyers of the VLOC ‘SHAGANG GIANT’ and obtaining a declaration that the MOA was incorrectly terminated due to the impact of Covid-19 in India.


Shipping boutique BDM Law LLP has a varied caseload consisting of both wet and dry work as well as significant offshore capabilities, which makes it a popular choice for a wide range of clients operating in the maritime sector, including P&I clubs and global corporations. Bob Deering has a strong market reputation for handling container ship casualties and matters hailing from the Middle East, which is also a geographical focus for Pavlo Samothrakis. Nick Burgess is often engaged in matters with a connection to Asia, while Norwegian, German, Greek, and Italian clients regularly turn to David McInnes for his shipping experience.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bob Deering; Nick Burgess; David McInnes; Pavlo Samothrakis

Autres avocats clés:

Gareth Thompson; Benita Cheung

Les références

‘They have great expertise in shipping law.’

‘Nick Burgess – a calm and reassuring presence.’

‘BDM is very commercial and client focused. The relatively small team is highly manoeuvrable: you get exactly the experienced lawyers you need to handle the dispute, with no fat and no waste.’

Principaux clients

Grimaldi Group

Thoresen Shipping

Textainer Group




K Line


North of England P&I

Japan P&I

UK Club

Birketts LLP

With an ‘outstanding shipping team’, Birketts LLP counts arbitration proceedings, charterparties, marine insurance, and matters pertaining to bills of lading to its designated areas of expertise, though the practice covers all major issues arising out of shipping work. ‘Brilliant lawyer’ Henry Adams, litigator Alex Davey, dry shipping dispute specialist Nicholas Woo, and Tom Hodges, who focuses on international trade as well as dry shipping work, jointly lead the Ipswich-based team. The firm bolstered its ranks with the hire of a team from Ince & Co in September 2023, led by Daniel Crockford.

Responsables de la pratique:

Henry Adams; Alex Davey; Nicholas Woo; Tom Hodges

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Holsgrove

Les références

‘Outstanding Shipping Team. With excellent results.’

‘Henry Adams – Brilliant lawyer. With excellent know-how and results in wet and dry shipping matters.’

‘The strength in depth of the firm’s people is a big plus. The friendly yet formal approach suits ours, when finding understandable explanations and solutions to a wide variety of issues in broader commercial matters as well as our particular niche in our sector.’

Principaux clients

U-Ming Marine Transport Singapore Pte Ltd

TOTSA Total Energy Trading SA

Filhet-Allard Maritime

Siaci Saint-Honoré

Amica NV

Tradhol Internacional

HDI Global SE

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Bâloise Insurance

MS Amlin Marine NV

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Petromar in a claim for damages arising from alleged contamination of cargoes of gas oil and gasoline, acting for the claimant cargo interest in the High Court claim.
  • Acting or Navision Shipping in a dispute arising from loss of time due to an arrest of a vessel at a discharge port.
  • Advising Dubai Bulkers Ltd and its hull insurers in a claim against the Indonesian shipper of a cargo that liquefied during transit which caused the sinking of the vessel “Emerald Star”.


DWF is acknowledged for its strengths in shipping dispute resolution, where the firm is regularly engaged by a range of stakeholders to act in claims arising out of casualties, cargo contamination, or ports and terminals issues. Jonathan Moss leads the firm’s London marine and trade practice and acts as global head of the transport sector, while insurance specialist David Abbott steers the global risks group. Director Peter Olymbios handles both international and cross-border disputes, and Radhika Ruparelia‘s advisory portfolio covers contracts and commodity claims, among others.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Abbott; Jonathan Moss

Autres avocats clés:

Peter Olymbios; Radhika Ruparelia

Les références

‘A focused, yet substantial team of shipping specialist that tailors its service to our needs. A strong network of correspondents in virtually all countries that the team is able to tap into.’

‘Jonathan Moss, a hugely talented shipping lawyer, has a deep understanding of the shipping sector – his fluency in the French language has been vital in resolving complex disputes in some African countries. A cool and collected character that approaches matters in a commercial fashion.’

Principaux clients

Essar Oil

Vallis Group Ltd, previously Vallis Commodities Ltd

Lighthouse SpA

Targray International

Nimex Petroleum

GP Global Group

Sierrentz Commodities

BW Group


UK P&I Club

Sahara Energy

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Vallis Commodities Ltd in a claim brought by an investment bank (Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC) for the alleged loss of sugar from a production and storage facility in Ghana held as security for a loan to a third party.
  • Advised Gulf Petrochem on the recovery of outstanding sums arising from various contracts in respect of international commodities trades.
  • Advising vessel managers and insurers, Chaucer, in respect of a claim by vessel owners arising from breach of a ship management agreement for a cargo vessel.

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

Lauded for its ‘diverse team, unparalleled industry knowledge, and client-centric approach’, Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP is particularly active within the offshore oil and gas sector. Dealing with a wide array of matters including those with a transactional or dispute angle, the duo consisting of Andreas Silcher, an experienced partner with expertise in non-contentious and commercial work, and Mark Johnson, who is a popular choice for clients hailing from the Netherlands, South America, and Central America, lead the group.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Johnson; Andreas Silcher

Autres avocats clés:

William Cecil; Andreas Dracoulis

Les références

‘Excellent offshore and shipbuilding capability.’

‘Andreas Dracoulis: experienced, careful, calm, effective.’

‘Haynes and Boone distinguishes itself from other law firms through its diverse team, unparalleled industry knowledge, and client-centric approach.’

Principaux clients

The Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) S.A.

Stena LNG Holding Sweden AB

TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised DESFA in relation to the negotiation and finalisation of a charterparty for an LNG carrier owned by an affiliate of Gaslog Ltd, to be used as a floating storage unit in Greek national waters.
  • Advised Stena LNG Holding in relation to its participation in the “Ostsee LNG” project, which is one of the new LNG import terminal projects fast-tracked by the German government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Advised TMS Cardiff Gas on its successful bid to Qatargas to provide two LNG carrier newbuildings on long-term time charters.

Keystone Law

At Keystone Law, a deep bench of practitioners provides the firm’s clients with a number of different specialisms, with work ranging from shipbuilding disputes to superyacht issues and commercial claims. Due to its office in the Isle of Man, the practice is also able to advise on issues arising out of security registration or flagging in the jurisdiction. The team includes yacht specialist Jonathan Hadley-Piggin, shipping litigators Fei Mao and Richard Johnson-Brown, and Anastasia Papadopoulou, who focuses on the marine technology sector.

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Hadley-Piggin; Anastasia Papadopoulou; George Lambrou; Fei Mao; Dharmendra Nair; Richard Johnson-Brown

Les références

‘The Keystone team is very proactive and innovative to provide solutions when we seek their advice.’

‘Jonathan Hadley-Piggin is always available and you always feel you have the full attention of a partner-level legal representative.’

‘Dharmendra Nair is the key counsel we deal with. He is very professional and attentive in his approach when we seek his advice.’

Principaux clients

Simulation Tech Inc

Arcelor Mittal Sourcing

Global Chartering Limited (Mauritius)

The Swedish Club

Jackson Russell

Baffinland Iron Mines LP

David Christopher Ross

Inspira Digital Wealth & LDX Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Global Chartering Limited (Mauritius) on a vessel which was stuck in China for 18 months as a result of the Chinese Government unofficial ban on importing Australian raw materials.
  • Advised Simulation Tech Inc on a claim for a total loss of about $15m and STI’s claim stand around $3.7m for all three vessels.
  • Advised The Swedish Club and acted for shipowners, defending against a claim in arbitration brought by charterers under the Inter-Club Agreement and winning the arbitration.

Nautica Law

Having rebranded in 2022 after the departure of founding partners Glenn Winter and Ken Scott, shipping boutique Nautica Law continues to stand out in the market for its expertise in maritime litigation and arbitration proceedings. Tim Houghton heads up the practice and specialises in dry shipping work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Houghton

Autres avocats clés:

James King; Christopher Wood

Les références

‘Nautica is the premier niche shipping firm in the City of London.’

‘Tim Houghton is the outstanding shipping lawyer of his generation with remarkable depth of knowledge and experience and a remarkable ability to find the most ingenious arguments to win the case.’

‘The firm’s strength lies in their handling of maritime legal matters, their understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities in the industry, and their ability to effectively navigate the legal and regulatory landscape.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting a dry bulk shipping company with a difficult series of issues arising out the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • Assisting a multinational energy company with negotiations with the vessels’ owners for two long-term time charters for two new LNG vessels.
  • Advising owners in relation to disputes with insurers regarding various CTL and partial loss claims arising out of damage caused to approximately 400 yachts during Hurricane Irma in the BVI and surrounding Caribbean islands.

Norton Rose Fulbright

With the support of a strong ship finance team, Norton Rose Fulbright acts across a broad spread of maritime matters. Shipbuilding and offshore disputes are as much part of the practice’s key areas as advising on sanctions and decarbonisation issues. Practice head Philip Roche is noted for his experience in dealing with insurance-related work and the offshore energy sector, and Katie McDougall concentrates on financial and trade sanctions. Litigation, in particular in relation to asset finance work, is a favoured area of activity for Charlotte Winter.

Responsables de la pratique:

Philip Roche

Autres avocats clés:

Charlotte Winter; Katie McDougall; Ieronymos Bikakis

Les références

‘The team I’ve worked with are very motivated to close deals.’

‘Norton Rose has a long history in shipping and is today one of the few full-service firms to offer a shipping practice.’

‘A recent public event defined shipping as involving anything that floats or is fixed to the seabed and Norton Rose addresses all the modern aspects of shipping.’

Principaux clients

Carnival Corporation

Costamare Inc.

Dubai Ports World


Japan P&I Club


Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Group)

P&O Ferries


Rio Tinto

Standard Chartered Bank


Taylor Maritime Investments Limited


Trinity House

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised P&O Ferries on a number of disputes with PD Teesport arising from charges under the long-term services agreement with the port.
  • Advised the Coordinating Committee of Secured Lenders and Agents (CoCom) on the restructuring and emergence of Altera Infrastructure L.P. from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on January 6, 2023.
  • Advised Costamare Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries in relation to the establishment of a new dry bulk operating platform through agencies in Copenhagen, Hamburg and Singapore.

Rosling King

A wide range of stakeholders in the maritime sector turn to Rosling King for dry shipping disputes, where the firm is regularly engaged to represent clients in High Court proceedings and arbitrations. At the helm of the practice sits Mike Lax, an experienced litigator and adviser for matters including charterparty disputes, shipbuilding contracts and cargo claims. Pool agreements are a key area of expertise for Stuart Dench, while Catriona Lewis is noted for her prowess in arbitration proceedings. Robert Pollock-Hill is another key member of the team and handles a number of high-volume claims for shipping clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mike Lax

Autres avocats clés:

Stuart Dench; Robert Pollock-Hill; Catriona Lewis

Les références

‘Extremely efficient and knowledgeable team with a practical approach overall.’

‘Mike Lax has an impressively pragmatic approach to resolving disputes combined with excellent commercial instinct, underpinned by a wealth of knowledge and experience producing highly satisfactory results.’

‘A small but highly experienced and effective shipping group.’

Principaux clients

Advantage Tankers LLC

Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Co

VS Tankers FZE

Bocimar International NV

Burckhardt Compression AG



Conti-Carwil Ltd

Canfornav NV

Euronav NV

Exmar NV

Forwarder Shipping & Trading SA

Integra Petrochemicals Europe AG

Macsteel International Trading B.V.

Meyer Werft GmbH & Co

MUR Shipping BV

Navigator Holdings Ltd

Norstar Shipping (Asia PTE)

Orion Transport Holdings Limited

Palmali Group of Companies

Petraco Oil Company LLP (Lugano Branch)

Phoenix Shipping Limited

Rhine Shipping DMCC

S A Services International LLC

Sarens UK Ltd

Sea Trade Marine SA

SR Navigation SA

Standard Maritime Holding Corporation

Steamship Mutual P&I Club

Strategic Bulk Carriers / M.T. Maritime Management (USA) LLC

Tankers International LLC

West of England P&I Club

Yasheya Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented claimant owners, Rhine Shipping DMCC, in High Court proceedings against Vitol S.A. with a value of $3.6m plus interest and costs.
  • Represented owners, MUR, in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings against RTI in relation to a force majeure provision relating to sanctions.
  • Representing a claimant shipowner in its claim in the Commercial Court against the trading arm of a Russian oil company for damages of approximately $175m arising out of the defendant’s breach of a long-term contract of affreightment.

Squire Patton Boggs

At Squire Patton Boggs, clients benefit from the firm’s global footprint across major shipping hubs such as Hong Kong and Singapore, which work closely together with the firm’s London office to advise on the full range of wet and dry shipping issues in addition to transactional and regulatory work. Splitting his time between Singapore and London, Chris Swart steers the practice and is well regarded for his experience in commercial disputes relating to the maritime sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Swart

Autres avocats clés:

Graham Harris; John Rollason; Katie Pritchard

Les références

‘Their strengths are being open to engaging with clients in order to ensure that the quality of service being maintained is what the client requires as well as being flexible to adjust to the requirements of the clients on the type and size of team involved in a matter.’

‘Expertise in commodities work which can be difficult to find in maritime law firms.’

Principaux clients

Seaspan Corporation

Berlian Laju Tankers / Shipowners’ Protection

Kingdom of Spain

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the Kingdom of Spain in connection with the recognition and enforcement in England and Wales of the judgment of the Spanish courts in the “Prestige” trial on the sinking of the Prestige ship off the coast of Galicia and the consequent major oil spill, against the London Steam-Ship Owners’ Mutual Insurance Association Limited in four concurrent proceedings.
  • Advising Berlian Laju Tankers in claims against Petronas and Schlumberger.

Waterson Hicks

With offices in Piraeus and London, Waterson Hicks is a popular choice for clients hailing from Greece, though the firm counts maritime companies from around the globe among its client base. Shipping heavyweight John Hicks is the key contact in the practice and has longstanding experience in contentious maritime matters, while speed and consumption claims and technical disputes are areas of expertise for Stuart Parkin.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Hicks

Autres avocats clés:

Stuart Parkin; Julian Morgan

Les références

‘The senior partners are extremely creative in solving commercial disputes and very good negotiators as well as making excellent use of the law to support their client’s position.’

‘John Hicks is a force to be reckoned with who never stops till he gets a satisfactory result for his client.’ 

‘Depth of knowledge and very well informed.’

Principaux clients

Savory Shipping Inc

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP assists clients with issues ranging from cargo disputes and commercial contracts to ship finance work and personal injury claims. Dominic Ward helms the Hull-based practice and focuses on matters relating to dry shipping and cargo, while vessel finance mandates form part of Andrew Oliver‘s portfolio alongside regulatory work and fisheries law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dominic Ward

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Oliver

Les références

‘Very good and knowledgeable marine lawyers.’

‘Attention to detail, always give sound good advice, with a focus of finding resolutions rather than escalation.’

Principaux clients

Associated British Ports

SMS Towage Limited

Blue Water Shipping

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

vac-Q-tec Limited

Woods River Cruises Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised SMS Towage Limited in connection with the acquisition of several new tugs from a Turkish shipyard including advising on finance provided by Lombard Finance.
  • Advised Hull City Council on key contracts for the refurbishment of two historic vessels (Arctic Corsair and Spurn Light Vessel) which are key features of the Hull Yorkshire’s Maritime City regeneration project worth over £30m.

DLA Piper

Drawing on both its international ports and shipping sector group as well as the London-based shipping team, DLA Piper remains a go-to outfit for clients seeking advice on a wide variety of maritime matters. The team is led by Linos Choo, who is particularly well versed in ship finance and shipbuilding disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Linos Choo

HCO Legal

Acting for a broad range of stakeholders in the shipping industry, HCO Legal is known for its capabilities in maritime disputes, including both litigation and arbitration proceedings. Founding partner Ben Horn has longstanding experience in this field, having been involved in a wide range of cases such as cargo claims, charterparty disputes, and issues arising out of ship sales and purchases. Splitting his time between London and Greece, consultant Jim Allsworth specialises in wet shipping matters, with particular expertise pertaining to salvage agreements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ben Horn; Jim Allsworth

Jackson Parton Solicitors

Dry and wet shipping work are both areas of expertise for Jackson Parton Solicitors, where the firm is regularly engaged by owners, charterers and insurers to advise on maritime matters. Commodity disputes, anti-suit injunctions and superyachts are part of the firm’s proven expertise under the leadership of a trio consisting of Andrew Patrinos, Nicholas Parton and Alex Askew. The advisory portfolio of William Jackson comprises matters such as collisions, unsafe port claims, and charterparty mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Patrinos; Nicholas Parton; Alex Askew

Autres avocats clés:

William Jackson

Les références

‘Jackson Parton leaves a very good impression of its work and attitude to clients. I appreciate their manner to do their best to provide an exclusive service. It is very easy to work with them, as they have an extremely good understanding of international law and shipping.’

‘I worked with partners Alex Askew and Andrew Patrinos, very professional and dedicated solicitors. They have exclusive and deep expertise of international law and a truly client-oriented approach. It is very easy to find a common language with them and I can trust their advice, their expertise is beyond any doubt.’

‘Alex Askew and Nick Parton – very high grade technical understanding. Extremely user friendly.’

M Taher & Co Solicitors

M Taher & Co Solicitors is regularly engaged by various P&I clubs, shipowners, charterers and insurance brokers to assist with a range of maritime matters, in particular those relating to sanctions and marine insurance. The team is steered by Maryam Taher, who is a seasoned shipping specialist who is experienced in commercial and regulatory work alongside cross-border disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Maryam Taher

Les références

‘Very efficient and effective small team.’

‘Maryam Taher is very experienced, her advice is to the point and she always delivers fantastic results.’

Principaux clients

Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL)

JF-K Company Limited

Shoosmiths LLP

Under the joint leadership of Elliot Bishop and Sarah Fairweather, Shoosmiths LLP acts on behalf of a host of maritime clients and banks and is well known for its expertise in contentious matters, finance work, and mandates relating to yachts. With the ability to draw on the firm’s strong real estate practice, the shipping team is also noted for its capabilities in handling sales and purchases of marinas.

Responsables de la pratique:

Elliot Bishop; Sarah Fairweather

Principaux clients

Marina Developments Limited (MDL)


Middle Level Commissioners

Close Brothers Aviation & Marine Ltd

Arkle Finance Ltd

Salt Finance Ltd

Knox House Trust Ltd

McCain Financial Inc

Premier Marinas Ltd

Redhill Marine Ltd

Pantaenius Insurance Ltd

Navigators & General Insurance Ltd

Comino Shipping Ltd

Orkney Boats Ltd

Promarine Finance Ltd

Electric Sea Racing Ltd

Osmotech Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Capital Pleasure Boats on the acquisition of a work repair vessel.
  • Advised Close Brothers in relation to its security over a luxury yacht which was the subject of a worldwide freezing order taken out by the Saudi Royal Family.
  • Acted for a family office in an insurance dispute following the discovery of a latent defect to a luxury superyacht.

Weightmans LLP

Core areas in shipping for Weightmans LLP are casualty and regulatory work as well as ports and terminals liability issues, where the firm advises a number of high-profile clients including ship operators, insurers, P&I clubs and charterers. Mike Burns heads up the practice and deals with both dry and wet shipping matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mike Burns

Les références

‘Mike Burns has provided an excellent service to date.’

Principaux clients











Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Champion Tankers in relation to a number of cargo carrying fixtures where loading of liquid bulk cargoes was due to take place at Ukrainian ports, involving cancellation, force majeure and war risks issues, which arose due to the closure of ports and in the early part of 2022, and subsequent considerations involving the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
  • Acting for Maersk Line to assist with the recovery of aged book debt (primarily in the way of unpaid container demurrage and quay rental from shippers and consignees).

Winter & Co Solicitors LLP

Founded in 2022, Winter & Co Solicitors LLP is headed up by former Nautica Law founding partner Glenn Winter and specialises in maritime disputes. The firm counts contentious matters regarding shipbuilding, admiralty and charterparty claims as part of its portfolio of work. Consultant Ken Scott has longstanding experience in admiralty law and regularly advises shipowners and P&I clubs.

Responsables de la pratique:

Glenn Winter

Autres avocats clés:

Camille Savinien; Ken Scott

Les références

‘When it comes to legal matters in the maritime industry, Winter & Co is a cut above the rest.’

‘They have an exceptional ability to navigate difficult legal issues and provide clients with clear, actionable guidance.’

‘What sets Winter & Co apart from other law firms is their ability to combine their legal expertise with a keen understanding of the commercial side of the industry.’

Principaux clients

Assuranceforeningen Skuld

MS Amlin Marine N.V.

Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd

Spliethoff Bevrachtingskantoor B.V.

BigLift Shipping B.V.

Golar LNG

Pacnav S.A.


Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Salvors in respect of the Salvage of the “Portland Bay” under a Lloyd’s Open Form after the vessel experienced engine failure during fierce storm conditions.
  • Representing Dream II Interests in respect of a collision in the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme.