Firms To Watch: Shipping

Winter & Co Solicitors LLP is a new shipping boutique founded by Glenn Winter and consultant Ken Scott following their demerger from Winter Scott, which they founded in 2004.
Nautica Law is an eight-partner shipping and commodities boutique made up of a group of former Winter Scott lawyers - the firm rebranded and relaunched in 2022 following the demerger of a team led by Winter Scott's founding partners.

Shipping in London


‘A firm with a distinguished and continuing pedigree in shipping law not just in the UK but worldwide’, HFW continues to be involved in market-leading maritime cases. Praised for its ‘breadth of expertise within the different sub-specialties of shipping’, the firm’s strengths stretch across the full spectrum of wet and dry admiralty, including green shipping, and cybersecurity work. Paul Dean presides over the practice as global head of shipping and is particularly well versed on the topic of autonomous vessels. Andrew Chamberlain focuses on wet matters, while Jean Koh advises clients on all aspects regarding dry shipping. Regulatory expert Daniel Martin, alongside Jim Cashman, Elinor DautlichCraig Neame, and Alex Kemp, are also noted for their know-how in maritime law. Claire Womersley and Richard Neylon specialise in crisis management regarding shipping incidents. Contractual disputes, major fires as well as explosions and groundings are handled by Paolo Ghirardani, and Rory Butler advises clients on a range of shipping and trade issues. Casualties are an area of focus for Michael Ritter, while senior associate Jenny Salmon specialises in maritime insurance with a particular focus on coverage disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Dean; Andrew Chamberlain; Elinor Dautlich; Jean Koh; Daniel Martin; Adam Shire

Autres avocats clés:

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

Les références

‘HFW is an amazing law firm. They are always updating their customers about the latest legislation.’

‘The HFW team provide a down to earth approach to supporting their clients. Their technical understanding of the issues faced by clients means that the client and HFW are quickly on the same page leading to a rapid assessment of the issue and strategy development. They also provide advice in easy to understand language which is not bound in legalese.’

‘Team of highly qualified professionals with valuable experience.’

Principaux clients

Houlder Ltd

SMIT Salvage BV

Luster Maritime SA

Higaki Sangyo Kaisha Ltd

UK P&I Club

Navig8 Chemicals Pool Inc

UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)

Maersk A/S

Gard P&I

Herculito Maritime Ltd and others

SMIT Salvage Pte-Ltd


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Luster Maritime SA, Higaki Sangyo Kaisha Ltd and the UK P&I Club on the grounding of the “EVER GIVEN” in the Suez Canal in March 2021.
  • Acting as part of the consortium led by Houlder Ltd and working with the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency in relation to the safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of remotely operated or autonomous vessels (also known as MASS) over 24m in length.
  • Advised clients Maersk A/S and Gard P&I following an international trading company being defrauded by Turkish organised crime.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP is well regarded in the market for its comprehensive shipping practice, which sports expertise across the full range of maritime issues. The firm handles disputes and non-contentious matters in a number of jurisdictions on behalf of  insurers, shipowners, and commodities companies. Led by Richard Hakes, the practice fields a deep bench of practitioners, including casualty and admiralty specialist Richard Gunn. Alex Andrews, Andrew Taylor, and Charles Weller are noted for their expertise in shipping disputes. Transportation, mining, and trading of bulk commodities expertise falls into Alexander Sandiforth‘s advisory offering. Thor Maalouf, who assists clients with the whole spectrum of commercial shipping and maritime law, and Stephen Kirkpatrick are further key contacts of the group. Shipping heavyweight Lindsay East retired at the end of 2021.

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

‘Reed Smith are well established in the sector, and offer a wide array of coverage.’

‘They have great depth and experience, and a first class client service.’

‘Richard Gunn is still the best wet lawyer around and he can also tackle dry issues which a lot of the wet lawyers shy away from.’

Clyde & Co

With ‘depth of experience and the resources to handle the biggest cases’, Clyde & Co is regularly instructed on a number of high-profile cases in the shipping sector on both the contentious and non-contentious side. Jessica Maitra leads the team and fields particular know-how in relation to energy shipping issues as well as tanker contracts and claims. Simon Culhane frequently handles shipping disputes before the Commercial and Admiralty Courts and London Arbitration Tribunals, while Martin Hall fields strong ties to the Greek shipping market in addition to in-depth expertise pertaining to marine casualties, charterparties, and bill of lading disputes. Salvage and GA claims in relation to cargo casualties form part of Jai Sharma‘s advisory offering. Other key contacts of the team are Stephen Mackin and Will Trustram.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jessica Maitra

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Culhane; Martin Hall; Jai Sharma; Stephen Mackin; Will Trustram

Les références

‘Clyde & Co are very well-established as a market leader in shipping. They have a depth of experience and the resources to handle the biggest cases.’

‘Will Trustram is a very good junior partner. He is very astute and thorough. He will leave no stone unturned to try to get the best results for his client.’

‘Their knowledge of the shipping industry is deep and they bring an excellent understanding of both the law and the commercial aspects.’

Principaux clients

Holyhead Marina Ltd and its insurers, NMU (Speciality) Ltd



Principaux dossiers

  • Advised several cargo insurers on all aspects of, as well as the likely prospects of, the release of the “EVER GIVEN”.
  • Instructed by Holyhead Marina Ltd to defend claims brought by more than 80 vessel owners and/or their insurers following the destruction of those vessels and Holyhead Marina during Storm Emma in March 2018.
  • Advised Allianz and other cargo underwriters in a defence of General Average involving container ship “CMA CGM LIBRA”, which went to the Supreme Court.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP has a strong reputation for both its wet and dry shipping capabilities, the latter encompasses advising on charterparties and contracts of carriage, among others. Offshore, sanctions, cybersecurity, and decarbonisation issues are further fields of expertise for the practice, led by casualties specialist Tony Goldsmith. Cargo and logistics constitute an area of focus for Adrian Marsh, while David Pitlarge regularly acts on charterparty, bills of lading, MOA and shipbuilding disputes. Other key contacts in the group include Siiri Duddington and Beth Bradley, both of whom count P&I clubs and shipowners among their clients. Legal director and master mariner Helene Peter-Davies joined the firm in March 2022 from MFB.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tony Goldsmith

Autres avocats clés:

Adrian Marsh; David Pitlarge; Siiri Duddington; Beth Bradley; Helene Peter-Davies

Les références

‘Beth Bradley’s response is always timely and the advice itself is also very responsive and supportive even in tricky cases.’

‘Approachable and responsive with the feel of a smaller more boutique firm despite its size.’

‘David Pitlarge is outstanding. A highly academic yet commercial lawyer.’

Principaux clients

FESCO Service Center LLC

Smit Salvage B.V.

Five Oceans Salvage

The Standard Club

Fortescue Metals Group

Gard (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Fesco Service Centre LLC against “HAPPY LUCK”, defeating an anti-suit injunction application in the High Court.
  • Acting for Smit Salvage B.V. where vessel “Eemslift Hendrika” suffered a cargo shift in very heavy weather and was listing heavily and the crew all abandoned ship.
  • Acting for Lakatamia Shipping Company Limited in a four-week commercial court trial where a judgment was obtained for €27m.

Ince & Co

The shipping practice at Ince & Co continues to handle a number of high-profile claims and non-contentious maritime matters in addition to its growing involvement in floating solutions for LNG. Clients include shipowners, P&I Clubs, charterers, as well as financial institutions, for which the firm also acts on ship, offshore, and yacht finance work. The practice is jointly led by global head of shipping Michael Volikas and global head of admiralty Christian Dwyer. Shipping dispute resolution falls into the areas of expertise of Ian Chetwood and Joanna Steele, while Paul Griffiths is regularly sought after by clients hailing from Scandinavia, Italy, and Ukraine on both dry and wet shipping matters. Julian Clark is another key contact and sports extensive knowledge of maritime technology and cybercrime alongside sanctions and piracy matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Volikas; Christian Dwyer

Autres avocats clés:

Ian Chetwood; Joanna Steele; Paul Griffiths; Julian Clark

Les références

‘The firm is knowledgeable, professional, up to speed, easy to work with, uses the newest technology, always prepared to consider all aspects of a matter, quick, thorough, and innovative.’

‘Always prepared to listen and consider any aspects raised.’

‘Michael Volikas is one of the strongest shipping lawyers in the market. Christian Dwyer is a doughty and tireless admiralty lawyer.’

Principaux clients

The UK Club

The Standard Club


Subsea 7


North of England P&I Association

The London Club



Noted in particular for its strong marine insurance practice, Kennedys is frequently sought out by domestic and international insurers to advise on a wide range of dry and wet shipping work. Clients turn to practice head Christopher Dunn in marine cargo insurance matters, while Patrick Foss specialises in coverage and dispute work relating to shipping as well as offshore energy. Michael Biltoo‘s expertise encompasses dry shipping and marine insurance disputes in addition to non-contentious work such as the sale and purchase of vessels and charterparty contracts. Senior associate Shaan Burton handles a range of dry shipping matters, including warehousing disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christopher Dunn

Autres avocats clés:

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

Les références

‘It is difficult to be unique within the legal market, but Kennedys achieve that by providing the whole package and have no weaknesses within their set up.’

‘Christopher Dunn immediately knows how to understand your case and produces a game plan early on.’

‘Shaan Burton is a rising star within the legal arena.’

Principaux clients

Pequod Associates Ltd


Beazley Group

Liberty Syndicates


Mitsui Sumitomo

CV Starr



WE Cox


Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Marine Risks Insurers of the Vessel CV Stealth, which was detained in Venezuela in September 2014, following allegations of an attempt to smuggle crude oil due to be loaded on to the vessel.
  • Acting for the mortgage indemnity underwriters defending claims by YieldStree in an approximately $70m claim from MI Underwriters following an alleged fraud by North Star/the Lakhanis in relation to the alleged unauthorised sale of vessels for demolition.
  • Advising war risks insurers of the Mercer Street, an Israeli managed tanker struck by what are believed to be Iranian suicide drones off the coast of Oman in July 2021.


MFB has a strong track record in shipping disputes, regulatory work, and compliance matters, where it advises domestic and international clients including ship owners, P&I clubs, and charterers. The team sports expertise across the full range of wet and dry shipping and is led by Edward Gray, whose broad practice encompasses professional negligence claims and ship sales and purchases. Disputes arising out of charterparties and bill of lading contracts form part of Mark Seward‘s advisory offering. Marine insurance specialist Kevin Cooper frequently handles casualty as well as charterparty and cargo claims. Ingolf Kaiser, who assists clients with all aspects of maritime and trade law, joined the firm in September 2021 from Stephenson Harwood, while James Foley-Comer  left in June 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Edward Gray

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Seward; Kevin Cooper; Ingolf Kaiser

Les références

‘MFB punches above its weight with approachable partners who are leaders in their fields.’

‘Very knowledgeable, good level of partner involvement, don’t make teams too big.’

‘Ingolf Kaiser is strong on strategy as well as on top of the detail.’

Principaux clients

American Club

Dominion Marine

MYA Monaco


MECO/Charterers Club


Japan P&I

West of England

London Club

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

North of England

Norwegian Hull Club

Oldendorff Carriers

Minerva Bunkering Pte Ltd



Steamship Mutual

Swedish Club

UK P&I Club

Elusive Yachting

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising various clients in relation to delays suffered to their vessels as a result of the blockage of the Suez Canal by the EVER GIVEN in March 2021.
  • Advising the operators of the ONE APUS and their insurers in relation to the largest ever loss of containers from a vessel at sea, with potential claims of up to $200m.
  • Advising multiple clients on the legal implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, including obligations under charterparties and advice on sanctions.

Stephenson Harwood

The marine and international trade practice at Stephenson Harwood fields ‘real shipping specialists with excellent depth of knowledge across the team.’ Its contentious portfolio ranges from casualty work to charterparty and FPSO disputes, while the non-contentious side of the practice includes offshore construction and shipbuilding mandates. Practice head Alex Davis regularly handles marine insurance matters and advises clients on complex coverage issues. Shipbuilding and offshore disputes as well as contracts for shipyards and shipowners fall into the area of expertise of Sean Gibbons. Max Lemanski and Kirsty MacHardy both specialise in shipping litigation, with Lemanski also co-heading the firm’s FPSO team. Philip Prowse and Jameel Tarmohamed joined the team from HFW, while Ingolf Kaiser left the firm at the end of 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alex Davis

Autres avocats clés:

Sean Gibbons; Max Lemanski; Kirsty MacHardy; Philip Prwose; Jameel Tarmohamed; Stuart Beadnall; Tom Adams; Nick Barber

Les références

‘The shipping, international trade and commodities team at Stephenson Harwood is made of bright lawyers possessing solid legal and commercial experience. The team stays on top of the latest issues which affect shipping and trading.’

‘Nick Barber is our go to lawyer for wet shipping, casualties, and admiralty law. He is extremely experienced, responsive and calm under pressure.’

‘Real shipping specialists with excellent depth of knowledge across the team. As a genuine mid-size full service firm, Stephenson Harwood is able to draw on a broad range of experience to assist their shipping clients.’

Principaux clients



Hoegh Autoliners

Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd

Libra Holdings Ltd

The Standard Club


Gulf Petrochem FZC

EST Maritime & Bridging Finance Inc

Axis Insurance Company

Markel Capital Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Hoegh Autoliners on a series of zero carbon Aurora class PCTC vessels.
  • Acting for Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd in High Court proceedings in respect of a purported wrongful termination of ship management agreements.
  • Acted for Gulf Petrochem FZC in a fraudulent misrepresentation dispute arising from certain investments made by the claimants and the defendants in the container shipping market.

Campbell Johnston Clark

Shipping-focused firm Campbell Johnston Clark provides the full spectrum of maritime advice to clients in the sector and is frequently instructed by shipowners, shipyards, financiers, and P&I clubs. Alistair Johnston leads the team on litigation work, while Jonathan Campbell heads up the transactional and finance side of the practice. Maria Borg Barthet is ‘aware of commercial sensitivities and issues’ and handles dry and wet shipping matters including litigation and arbitration proceedings. Duncan Ealand, whose knowledge extends to P&I and FD&D contentious matters, is praised for his ‘very good grasp of charterparty issues’. Another key contact with regards to finance and transactional work is James Clayton, and senior associate Amy Lindemann specialises in ship and offshore finance transactions as well as general commercial shipping arrangements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alistair Johnston; Jonathan Campbell

Autres avocats clés:

Maria Borg Barthet; Duncan Ealand; James Clayton; Amy Lindemann

Les références

‘Big law expertise and genuine partner-led involvement on all matters.’

‘Maria Borg Barthet is vastly experienced and highly regarded for her commercial acumen.’

‘The two qualities of a legal team are experience and pragmatism and CJC have both in spades.’

Principaux clients

Union Maritime

SMT Shipping

BOT Lease


Credit Europe Bank

Carisbrooke Shipping

PG Tankers

Lomar Shipmanagement

Anglo Shipping

Mitsui OSK Line (MOL)

Pacific Green Technologies Group

Columbia Shipmanagement

Pan Ocean


Hadley Shipping / Foreland / AW Ship Management

Siem Industries

James Fisher PLC

Credit Suisse

Seaboard Marine


Shipowners P&I Club

Kiran Shipping


Tokio Marine Houston Casualty

Mills & Co

Based in Newcastle, Mills & Co is noted for its shipping litigation capabilities, where it acts for clients such as insurers, shipowners, and charterers. The practice’s offering also extends to non-contentious matters ranging from shipbuilding and chartering to terms of carriage and sales and acquisition of vessels. Admiralty litigation and arbitration fall into the expertise of Andreas Welz, who is frequently sought after for his experience in unsafe port disputes and claims arising from damage to hull issues. Guy Mills handles P&I and FDD disputes, while Simon Williams is well versed in charterparty and bill of lading claims.

Autres avocats clés:

Andreas Welz; Simon Williams; Guy Mills

Les références

‘Very professional in all aspects of service delivery. The team takes the time to explore and understand the wider business in order to ensure their advice is comprehensive.’

‘Guy Mills is great for complex matters which require a grand strategy.’

‘Simon Williams is a strong and stable performer with a keen intellect.’

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Providing ‘a breadth of maritime expertise‘, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP regularly handles dry shipping disputes as well as admiralty and regulatory work for a range of domestic and international clients. The firm also fields expertise in relation to yachts and superyachts, where it advises owners, charterers, traders, and P&I Clubs, among others. The practice is led by Darryl Kennard, whose work encompasses both wet and dry shipping matters, and charterparty specialist Alex McIntosh. Tony Riches was promoted to partner in April 2022 and specialises in admiralty law and charterparty disputes. Wet shipping expert Nick Donnelly and James Severn, who focuses on small commercial vessels as well as maritime injuries and fatalities, are further key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Darryl Kennard; Alex McIntosh

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Donnelly; James Severn; Tony Riches

Les références

‘Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP provide a breath of maritime expertise giving the client standout advice.’

‘They are all extremely committed to their clients, and to obtaining the best result.’

‘The partners work very well together and use associates appropriately.’

Principaux clients

Condor Ferries Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully represented Norwegian Hull Club/Priminds HK in ‘The Eternal Bliss’ case and overturned the judgment before the Court of Appeal.
  • Assisted ferry operator Condor Ferries in the latest stage of its fleet renewal programme with the sale of the high-speed catamaran Condor Rapide to Spanish operator Trasmapi and chartering of the new Condor Voyager from affiliate operator Brittany Ferries.
  • Successfully represented Norwegian Hull Club/Priminds HK before the Court of Appeal in the ‘Tai Prize’ case.

Preston Turnbull

Preston Turnbull continues to expand its shipping practice with the promotion of Dolly Brown to partner and the arrival of Marie Sundell from Clyde & Co in 2021, as well as the addition of Menelaos Nicolaou, formerly at Campbell Johnston Clark, in February 2022. Andrew Preston specialises in shipping disputes of all kind, while Elizabeth Turnbull focuses on the contentious side of cross-border transportation, trade, commercial, and insurance matters. Noted for his expertise in dry shipping and P&I work, Fanos Theophani regularly advises shipowners, charterers, operators and P&I Clubs. Owners and charterers of oil tankers and LNG vessels profit from Brown's regulatory knowledge, and litigation pertaining to the offshore construction, superyacht and shipbuilding sectors are handled by Tom Kelly.

Responsables de la pratique:

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

Les références

‘Preston Turnbull are one of the top shipping law firms. The lawyers are very high calibre and very attuned to the latest developments in the market.’

‘Dolly Brown is the best shipping law partner I have worked with. Her dedication and intelligence are unrivalled. She is always willing to go way beyond the extra mile for her clients and gives sound advice whether that be negative or positive. She puts her clients first and gets consistently good results for them as a result.’

‘Preston Turnbull is a leading law firm in maritime Law. The legal advice is very accurate and when necessary they are ready to battle at court or tribunal.’

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

  • Successfully represented SK Shipping Europe plc in the Court of Appeal in a claim for repudiation of four charterparties worth approximately $20m.
  • Representing Euronav, owners of the tanker ‘Sienna’, which is defending claims for misdelivery of a cargo of LSFO worth $26m.
  • Representing Abarca Companhia de Seguros in claims worth €36m arising from the alleged termination of a shipbuilding contract.

Schjodt LLP

Originating from Norway, Schjodt LLP supports clients in shipping matters ranging from ship building issues to cargo claims and collisions. Practice head Will Marshall, who focuses on contentious work, is praised as ‘one of the top solicitors in this area’. Jeremy Biggs ‘can be relied on to give excellent advice’ and handles both wet and dry shipping matters. LNG as well as offshore shipping and floating production form part of David Gardner‘s portfolio of expertise, while Jonas Adolfsson acts for a number of shipowners, operators, insurers and P&I Clubs. Carl Walker regularly advises commodities traders as well as the shipping arms of commodities houses and their P&I Clubs.

Responsables de la pratique:

Will Marshall

Autres avocats clés:

Jeremy Biggs; David Gardner; Jonas Adolfsson; Carl Walker

Les références

‘Will Marshall is very bright, calm and excellent with clients. One of the top solicitors in this area.’

‘Jeremy Biggs is extremely responsive, competitive, practical and efficient. Can be relied on to give excellent advice and provide effective legal assistance in times of need.’

‘Jeremy Biggs: brilliant lawyer with deep knowledge and out of the box thinking.’

Principaux clients

BW Offshore



Ocean Yield

C Transport Maritime

d’Amico Shipping Group

Stealth Maritime / Vafias Group

Trafigura Maritime Logistics


Star Bulk Shipping

NGN Energy / Moundreas

Olympic Agencies

BB Energy

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising numerous clients on the sanctions and other issues arising out of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in particular its impact on clients as owners or charterers of vessels.
  • Representing Trafigura in the Miracle Hope litigation regarding Letters of Indemnity used in shipping and international trade.
  • Acting for clients in Kyla Shipping v Freight Trading Ltd.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

‘Recognised for the depth and breadth of the practice’, the shipping team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP provides full-service support to clients in the maritime sector, with strong expertise regarding insolvency and restructuring matters as well as the enforcement of ship mortgages. George Macheras took over the role of co-practice head in February 2022 and now leads the team alongside Athens-based George Paleokrasses. Mike Phillips fields strength in a wide range of shipping matters, including contentious ship finance work, carriage of goods, and offshore vessel construction issues. Commercial contracts and dispute resolution are areas of focus for Robert Platt, and contentious dry shipping matters are handled by Charles Buss.

Responsables de la pratique:

George Macheras; George Paleokrassas

Autres avocats clés:

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

Les références

‘WFW shipping team is recognised for the depth and breadth of their practice, on both wet and dry, contentious and non-contentious matters.’

‘The partners have a lifetime of experience of shipping and shipbuilding disputes; they know every aspect of the industry.’

‘Charles Buss excels at deep thinking – the grandmaster of litigation tactics.’

Principaux clients

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

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing YieldStreet Management, LLC in a mortgagees’ interest insurance claim.
  • Advising the Blue Ocean strategy managed by EnTrust Global on its acquisition of Maas Capital Shipping B.V.
  • Advising Navigator Holdings Ltd on its agreement with Naviera Ultranav Limitada to merge the business and fleet of the latter’s subsidiary Ultragas ApS with Navigator.

Wikborg Rein

The shipping and offshore practice at Wikborg Rein has strong ties with both the Norwegian and Greek markets; it has strength in advising on casualties, LNG, as well as civil fraud and enforcement matters in the offshore sector. The firm is also increasingly involved in green shipping and ESG-related matters. The ‘creative’ and ‘solution-oriented’ Chris Grieveson heads up the department and handles the full range of dry and wet shipping. Jonathan Goldfarb is specialised in transactional work, particularly in the LNG sector, while Eleanor Midwinter focuses on contracts and disputes relating to marine insurance, dry shipping, shipbuilding, and international trade. The construction of rigs, commercial ships and superyachts fall into the area of expertise of Rob Jardine-Brown. Clients hailing from Greek regularly seek out Nick Shepherd for his shipping knowledge.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Grieveson

Autres avocats clés:

Eleanor Midwinter; Jonathan Goldfarb; Rob Jardine-Brown; Nick Shepherd

Les références

‘Very strong sector knowledge and experience in dealing with niche complex issues.’

‘The shipping practice is highly qualified with many experienced and service-minded professionals. ‘

‘Chris Grieveson is very intelligent, creative, solution-oriented, responsive, experienced and overall a very pleasant person to work with.’

Principaux clients

Belships ASA

Shelf Drilling

Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd

Gard AS

ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

Belships ASA

Oando plc

Marmaris Navigation

Navios Maritime Holdings and its group companies

Oando plc

Seajacks International Ltd


Vard Group AS

West of England P&I

Fjord Line AS

Maersk Drilling

ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

Havila Phoenix (Havila Chartering AS)

Navios Maritime Holdings and its group companies


Awilco LNG

Marine Trust Ltd / Centrofin


2020 Bulkers



Shelf Drilling

Navigation Maritime Bulgare

BW Offshore

Teekay Corporation

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the owners and insurers of Navios Amaryllis which went aground on the Kaafu Atoll, in the Maldives in August 2021, in a case involving salvage services as well as claims for environmental damage to the reef.
  • Successfully represented Normand Maximus Operations Limited in settling a dispute against Saipem  Comercio Maritimo Sociedade, Unipessoal Lda and Saipem S.p.A, entitling Solstad to a payment of $48.25m in relation to an alleged breach of contract of a long term charter.
  • Providing ongoing legal advice to the owners, managers and insurers of “Bulk Shenzhen” in respect of a collision claim of $10m against the owners of “RB Lisa”, after the two vessels collided on the Yangtze River, China.


The shipping practice at BDM Law LLP covers a broad range of maritime work, including cargo claims, pooling contracts, charterparties, and ship fires. ‘Stand-out lawyer’ Bob Deering and Nick Burgess, who is praised for being ‘unequalled in the industry’, both have extensive experience in handling wet and dry cases. The Italian, Greek, German and Norwegian markets are part of David  McInnes‘ areas of expertise. Pavlo Samothrakis is particularly sought out by clients in the Middle East for his knowledge of shipping and offshore matters. The four partners jointly lead the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bob Deering; Nick Burgess; David McInnes; Pavlo Samothrakis

Autres avocats clés:

Gareth Thompson; Benita Cheung

Les références

‘BDM consists of established dry and wet shipping lawyers, with plenty of dispute resolution and litigation experience. They know shipping inside out, which shows in their success rate.’

‘The team at BDM is very much able to explain complicated English law issues to foreign courts in a very straight forward way.’

Nick Burgess is the right captain you want for your ship in stormy weathers – calm, practical and clear-headed.’

Principaux clients

Grimaldi Group

Thoresen Shipping

Textainer Group




K Line


North of England P&I

Japan P&I

UK Club

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP is frequently instructed on both dry and wet shipping matters, where it handles disputes ranging from cargo claims and charterparty disputes to collisions and ship arrests. Henry Adams, whose specialisms include dry shipping, international trade, and marine insurance work, jointly heads up the team with head of litigation Alex Davey. Nicholas Woo is particularly well versed in matters pertaining to the Far East, while associate Sarah Holsgrove regularly advises freight forwarders and logistics companies.

Responsables de la pratique:

Henry Adams; Alex Davey

Autres avocats clés:

Nicholas Woo; Sarah Holsgrove

Les références

‘The experience of working with Birketts’ shipping team is very friendly and supportive.’

‘Openness in personality and seniority in working experience are impressive.’

‘The team is the ideal size and structure to handle cases from the largest and most complex to the more modest. You receive a personal service, with the capacity to draw on greater numbers and specialist expertise where required.’

Principaux clients

Atlantic Trading and Marketing Inc

National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh PA

Totsa Total Oil Trading SA

Navision Shipping A/S

Georges Helfer SA


Noble Chartering Inc

COSCO Shipping Lines and OOCL


Sociedade De Abastecimentos Petrolíferos, Lda, Petróleos De Portugal

Petrogal, S.A., Clc Gb

Companhia Logística De Combustíveis Da Guiné Bissau

Fidelidade Companhia De Seguros, S.A.

TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining SA/NV

Allianz Global & Corporate Specialty SE

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Navision Shipping A/S (Charterers) in a dispute arising from loss of time due to an arrest of the vessel at a discharge port.
  • Acted for Totsa Total Oil Trading SA and Alliance Global Corporate & Specialty SE (the cargo claimants) in pursuing a claim against the vessel owner in relation to loss and damage to a cargo of gasoline.
  • Acted for JJA in defending a claim for container demurrage brought against it by Maersk for around €3.1m.


DWF is regularly sought out for its strength in maritime disputes pertaining to a broad range of issues, such as cargo contaminations, casualties, and matters involving ports and terminals. Global head of transport sector Jonathan Moss leads the team and is praised for his ‘depth of knowledge and pragmatism’ as well as his expertise in shipping disputes arising in French-speaking West and North Africa. Coverage disputes, particularly Bermuda Form arbitration proceedings, are part of Tom Mungovan‘s specialisms. Director Peter Olymbios and senior associate Radhika Ruparelia advise clients on contentious and non-contentious maritime matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Moss

Autres avocats clés:

Tom Mungovan; Peter Olymbios; Radhika Ruparelia

Les références

‘Very experienced in marine claims.’

‘Jonathan Moss is stand out. Very knowledgeable and provides concise advice.’

‘Their insurance and international trade background is a great asset, as is their tenacity and commitment to ensuring the clients secure a solution which suits their commercial needs.’

Principaux clients

Travelers Marine

Chaucer Marine

MS Amlin

Thomas Miller


GP Global

Vallis Group Ltd

Sahara Energy

Berkshire Hathaway

British Telecom

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

Praised for its ‘vast knowledge’ and ‘in-depth experience’, Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP supports clients with their transactional, commercial, and contentious shipping needs. Shipbuilding and ship conversion form part of the firm’s portfolio alongside financing, recycling, and sale and purchase mandates. Andreas Silcher and Mark Johnson jointly lead the team, both fielding extensive experience in maritime offshore projects and all types of commercial vessels. The practice also includes dispute resolution specialists William Cecil and Andreas Dracoulis.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andreas Silcher; Mark Johnson

Autres avocats clés:

William Cecil; Andreas Dracoulis

Les références

‘Haynes and Boone are excellent for shipbuilding cases. They have real in-depth experience of these types of disputes. They are very strong on legal analysis and case management. They offer a Rolls-Royce service.’

‘William Cecil is a standout lawyer, who is at ease with the biggest and most complicated shipbuilding disputes.’

Good people, with vast knowledge in their respective fields. Easy to work with, polite and with well-executed ideas.’

Principaux clients

ESL Shipping

Kuwait Oil Tanker Company

Athenian Sea Carriers

Stena Power & LNG Solutions

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented ESL in the negotiation and finalisation of shipbuilding contracts for six firm plus six optional 5,350 DWT ice class general cargo carriers with hybrid electric propulsion to be constructed at Chowgule shipyard in Goa, India.
  • Represented KOTC in relation to its repatriation efforts for Chinese seafarers.
  • Represented Stena LNG & Power in relation to a “LNG to energy” project in Vietnam, where Stena’s jetty-less LNG technology is to be deployed.

Jackson Parton Solicitors

With ‘a client-focused ethos’, Jackson Parton Solicitors advises clients on both wet and dry shipping matters including charterparties and casualties. The shipping and international trade boutique is frequently sought out by clients hailing from France and Japan. Wet shipping specialist Jonathan Clyne, the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Alex Askew, and Nicholas Parton, whose expertise includes anti-suit injunctions, jointly lead the team. ‘Experienced litigator’ Andrew Patrinos has strong ties to the Greek shipping market.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicholas Parton; Alex Askew; Jonathan Clyne

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Patrinos

Les références

‘Jackson Parton has a client-focused ethos and offers excellent value and service.’

‘Nick Parton has vast experience and never stops fighting his client’s corner.’

‘Alex Askew is an up-and-coming partner – he provides very level-headed advice.’

Principaux clients

Compagnie du Ponant

Inversiones Titanio SRL

Gard P & I Club

Thomas Miller Defence

The Charterers Club

West of England P & I Club

The American P & I Club

Caribbean Shipping Line

Banque Internationale de Commerce-Bred (Suisse) SA

Sealogis SA

RIF International Plc

TOI Commodities SA

Villeneau Rohart Simon & Associes

Nippon Express (UK) Ltd

AGA Partners

Borealis Maritime

Tarin & Lemaire

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Simetra in successfully reversing an adverse first instance judgement in the Court of Appeal.
  • Represented Seamaster Shipping Inc and Seamaster Special Maritime Enterprise in successfully reversing an adverse arbitration award in the Commercial Court against Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd.
  • Represented Galtrade Ltd in fighting a Commercial Court action.

Keystone Law

The marine and shipping team at Keystone Law sports capabilities on the full range of dry and wet shipping matters, regularly advising P&I clubs, underwriters, owners, and charterers. Non-contentious commercial shipping matters are handled by Anastasia Papadopoulou, including ship finance and restructuring work. A quartet consisting of dry shipping experts George Lambrou and Stella Petritsi, as well as Fei Mao and Dharmendra Nair, cover the practice’s expertise in contentious maritime work. Yachts and superyachts constitute another strength of the team, for which Jonathan Hadley-Piggin is the go-to contact.

Autres avocats clés:

Anastasia Papadopoulou; Jonathan Hadley-Piggin; George Lambrou; Stella Petritsi; Fei Mao; Dharmendra Nair

Les références

‘The team assist the customer to make quick and decisive decisions and responses to the matters.’

‘George Lambrou and Fei Mao are the two key people I know. Both are experienced and competent – and real fighters.’

Principaux clients

Transmar International

Med Wave Shipping Co.

The United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Europe) Limited

Orient Express Lines Straits Orient Lines Singapore

Simulation Tech Inc

Global Chartering Limited (Mauritius) part of Arcelor Mittal Group

Transworld Group Singapore

Gard P. & I. (Bermuda) Ltd.

Marla Tankers Shipmanagement Inc.

AMT Insurance Ltd

Maersk Trade Finance A/S

Teo Shipping Corp & Others

OneSubsea Ip UK Limited

Sunseeker London Group

Aqua Group Jersey

LJ Fiduciary (Isle of Man) Corporate Service Provider

Lakeland Leisure Group Ltd

Grabau International Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Global Chartering on a dispute.
  • Advised The United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Europe) on recovering a claim for General Average contributions from cargo interests following an engine breakdown.
  • Represented the Transworld Group Singapore in matters concerning the ‘dirty list’ of Burma UK Org.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Praised for its ‘strong holistic shipping practice’, Norton Rose Fulbright covers a wide range of shipping-related matters. The impact of Covid-19, decarbonisation, and sanctions are among the areas of expertise of the team led by ‘seasoned litigator’ Philip Roche. Asset finance litigation and other contentious matters are regularly handled by Charlotte Winter, often on behalf of banks, financiers, shipyards, and owners in shipbuilding. Katie McDougall specialises in sanction-related work including risk assessments and compliance procedures.

Responsables de la pratique:

Philip Roche

Autres avocats clés:

Charlotte Winter; Katie McDougall

Les références

‘Norton Rose Fulbright are one of the few firms in the UK who have a strong holistic shipping practice where they can advise clients from inception of an idea to start a shipping business.’

‘Philip Roche is a seasoned litigator. His extensive experience in ship litigation is his strength which makes him different from his competitors.’

Principaux clients

Carnival Corporation

Dubai Ports World


Japan P&I Club

P&O Ferries



Rio Tinto

Standard Chartered Bank


Trinity House


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Taylor Maritime Investments Limited on its initial public offering, related seed asset acquisitions of Handysize and Supramax vessels and financing.
  • Advising the Japan Ship Owners’ Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association on a shipping-specific sanctions matrix on EU and US sanctions.

Rosling King

Lax & Co merged with Rosling King in October 2021, with the entire marine litigation team joining under the abbreviated name RK. The practice continues to act for domestic and international clients in a wide range of dry shipping disputes, led by Mike Lax, whose expertise pertains to issues such as salvage and collision work, as well as bills of lading, charterparties, and international trade matters. Stuart Dench handles arbitration and litigation proceedings involving contracts of affreightment, shipbuilding contracts, and sales and purchase disputes. Another key contact is Robert Pollock-Hill, who regularly advises clients on contentious shipping matters in arbitration proceedings and the High Court.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mike Lax

Autres avocats clés:

Stuart Dench; Robert Pollock-Hill

Les références

‘Responsive and proactive with a strong understanding of both legal and commercial aspects.’

‘Mike Lax is very commercial and pragmatic in his approach.’

‘Robert Pollock-Hill is very knowledgable in shipping litigation, leaves no stone unturned in his investigations and preparation for trial, and provides prompt and very clear advice.’

Principaux clients

Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Co

Al-Iraqia Shipping Services & Oil Trading

Bocimar International NV



Canfornav NV

Chembulk Tankers

Courage Shipping Company

Euronav NV

Exmar NV

Melars Group Limited

Meyer Werft GmbH & Co

MUR Shipping BV

Navigator Holdings Ltd

Norstar Shipping (Asia PTE)

Palmali Group of Companies

Petraco Oil Company LLP (Lugano Branch)

Rhine Shipping DMCC

Sea Trade Marine 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

Toisa Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Rhine Shipping DMCC, in High Court proceedings against Vitol S.A. with a value of $3m plus interest and costs.
  • Represented MUR in High Court proceedings against RTI in relation to a force majeure provision relating to sanctions.
  • Represented Courage Shipping and Amethyst Shipping in High Court proceedings brought by OCM Maritime Nile LLC and OCM Maritime Kama LLC.

Squire Patton Boggs

In 2021, Squire Patton Boggs continued to expand its London shipping expertise with the addition of Robert Parson from Clyde & Co. The practice regularly collaborates with the firm’s Singapore group and advises clients on both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of shipping. Chris Swart and Barry Stimpson jointly lead the team, which also counts Graham Harris and John Rollason among its key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Swart; Barry Stimpson

Autres avocats clés:

Graham Harris; John Rollason; Katie Pritchard

Les références

‘They are very diligent and thorough when reviewing documents and evidence.’

‘The team knows a wide range of industry practices and the latest technology and systems.’

Principaux clients

Berlian Laju Tankers / Shipowners’ Protection

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for shipowner Berlian Laju Tankers in claims against Petronas and Schlumberger, currently the subject of High Court proceedings and relating to the detention of the vessel MT “Celosia” and her crew by Thai customs authorities.

Waterson Hicks

With offices in London and Piraeus, Waterson Hicks entertains close ties to the Greek shipowner market and fields particular strength in dry shipping and dispute resolution matters. Ship sales and purchases, transactional work, as well as commodities issues are other key areas for the practice. John Hicks leads the team and is well versed in charterparty and insurance disputes. Stuart Parkin counts speed and consumption claims amongst his areas of expertise, while Julian Morgan specialises in dry shipping matters, international trade work and commercial contracts.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Hicks

Autres avocats clés:

Stuart Parkin; Julian Morgan

Les références

‘Their proposed replies are to the point, illustrating high skills in legal writing, with persuasive arguments to support the clients’ case.’

‘John Hicks is very professional, knowledgeable and capable to suggest solutions resulting in the best outcome of cases even if they are extremely complicated.’

‘They are recommended for their professionalism, prompt response, excellent quality of legal advice and best case solutions for their clients.’

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP fields in-depth knowledge in shipping, transport and fisheries law, where it advises on matters ranging from commercial contracts to personal injury claims. Dominic Ward leads the practice and has extensive expertise in dry shipping and cargo matters, particularly in regard to charterparty disputes and the carriage of goods and cargo. Andrew Oliver is particularly well versed in UK fisheries law, but also regularly handles contentious and regulatory work in addition to ship finance matters. Associate Sarah Pether is frequently sought out by insurers and P&I clubs to assist with defendant personal injury claims.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dominic Ward

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Oliver; Sarah Pether

Les références

‘Andrew Oliver has a high level of expertise and practical knowledge.’

Principaux clients

Associated British Ports

SMS Towage Limited

Blue Water Shipping

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

vac-Q-tec Limited

Woods River Cruises Limited

DLA Piper

Praised for ‘demonstrating strong commitment and responsibility to clients’, DLA Piper excels at representing clients in various types of marine disputes, ranging from contentious ship finance matters to insurance claims and ship arrests. Linos Choo leads the practice and specialises in shipbuilding and ship finance disputes, where he regularly represents banks and ship owners in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Linos Choo

Les références

‘DLA Piper UK LLP is a client-oriented firm demonstrating strong commitment and responsibility to their clients.’

‘The team is very qualified and always provides a solution for the issue raised.’

‘It is worth noting the depth and breadth of expertise of DLA Piper UK in the sphere of shipping law and English contract law.’

M Taher & Co Solicitors

The maritime practice at M Taher & Co Solicitors is renowned for its expertise in sanction-related matters. Commercial and regulatory advice alongside contentious work also form part of the firm’s service offering, which is sought out by a broad international client base including shipowners, charterers, and P&I clubs. Maryam Taher leads the practice and handles matters ranging from sanctions work to charterparty issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Maryam Taher

Les références

‘Maryam Taher is always a safe bet when it comes to complex and large scale multi-jurisdictional disputes. She is very experienced and always commercial.’

‘Approachable, client focused, resourceful in its approach, commercially minded and transparent with unique knowledge of the industry and market. The firm’s focus and development are geared to its client needs.’

‘Maryam Taher remains the go-to individual, she is extremely responsive, sharp and pragmatic. She is fearless and will go all out for clients to get the best result for them.’

Principaux clients

Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL)

JF-K Company Limited

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP fields a shipping practice that encompasses maritime matters involving luxury yachts, marina real estate, and ship finance elements. Elliot Bishop is particularly experienced in the marine leisure sector, and leads the practice together with Sarah Fairweather, who handles leasing and chartering agreements in addition to the financing, acquisition, and disposal of yachts. Lisa Williams is noted for her work in relation to inland marinas.

Responsables de la pratique:

Elliot Bishop; Sarah Fairweather

Autres avocats clés:

Lisa Williams

Les références

‘A brilliant firm, with a formidable and well deserved reputation. They can handle cases of any size and complexity, and really know the law inside out. They are fearless representatives who you would want in your corner.’

‘Elliot Bishop is a standout partner with an impressive following. He is commercial, easy to work with, and very clever.’

‘Shoosmiths is unique in its offering to both high net worth private individuals and those who fund and insure luxury assets such as yachts. The team is a non-stop shop; they can help on sale and purchase, fund it, make and defend claims on the insurance and pursue defaults under marine mortgages. They are flexible and highly commercial.’

Principaux clients

Close Brothers 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

Comino Shipping Ltd

Orkney Boats Ltd

Promarine Finance

Electric Sea Racing Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Electric Sea Racing Limited with a view to launching the world’s first ever global electric racing championship to be known as the “E1 Series”.
  • Advised a family office following a collision of two superyachts off Cannes.
  • Advised a marine finance lender on its existing facility agreements and marine security arrangements in respect of the refinancing of a fleet of commercial workboat and crew transfer vessels.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP‘s strengths include ports and terminals liability issues, as well as regulatory and casualty work, where it advises clients such as ship operators, charterers and P&I clubs. The firm is regularly sought out by insurers for its expertise in shipping disputes relating to contractual claims, bills of lading, and cargo or infrastructure loss. Head of marine Mike Burns fields experience in drafting contracts of carriage and vessel acquisitions alongside litigation matters. Glasgow-based Seonaid Busby is another key contact.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mike Burns

Autres avocats clés:

Seonaid Busby

Principaux clients

Peel Ports Group

Zurich Insurance (Marine)

Bibby Marine Limited

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

AIG Insurance (Marine)

Hamburg Sud

Champion Tankers

Gard P&I

NMU Speciality (Munich Re)

Maersk Line

DHL Global Forwarding