Marine

Our long-established, market-leading marine law practice offers comprehensive, specialist advice on resolving a wide range of disputes in the shipping industry. Our client base includes many of the world's largest shipowners, shipyards, major ship finance banks, marine insurers charterers and IG P&I clubs. With a multinational team of lawyers based across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, we are equipped with the necessary expertise to advise on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes, especially in major maritime hubs. We frequently advise and represent our international clientele in all types of disputes, from the most straightforward claims to matters involving complex legal and commercial issues, arising under all procedural rules and particularly at the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), Singapore Chamber of Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

Our experience includes:

  • Advising over 30 shipowners in disputes arising in respect of the collapse of OW Bunkers and dealing with arrests, security arrangements, conflicts of laws, receivables financing and on-going arbitrations.
  • Representing shipowners in US$160 million fraud claims brought by charterer for breach of charterparty on grounds of delivery of nonconforming vessel.
  • Advising on the defence of an arbitration claim in excess of $60 million relating to boil-off performance of two LNG carriers; the first dispute of its kind in London arbitration. The firm was appointed due to its specialist expertise in LNG chartering.
  • Successfully defending a drilling contractor from the largest ever claim brought before the London Maritime Arbitration Association.
  • Representing a leading marine contractor in a pre-arbitration dispute with a shipbuilding company.
  • Advising on arbitration claims in respect of demurrage claims.  
  • Advising the owners on two LNG shuttle and re-gasification vessels in a London arbitration concerning $50m+ performance claims under long-term time charters.
  • Advising in relation to a grounding in the Orinoco river leading to a US$20 million unsafe port claim with arbitration proceedings in London and New York.
  • Representing charterers in suite of three arbitrations in respect of underperformance of vessels under time charters.
  • Representing shipyard in a multi-million dollar dispute with high profile European shipowner as a result of cancellation of a series of container vessels in light of non-payment of contractual instalments, including successful arbitration to recover shortfall following sale of one of these vessels.
  • Representing charterers in suite of three arbitrations in respect of underperformance of vessels under time charters.

Global reach

From our offices in the UK, China, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, we have extensive global experience – both representing and sitting as arbitrators – in arbitrations at the world’s leading institutions including the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC and DIFC-LCIA.

China

China

Successfully representing shipowners in arbitration with a Chinese shipyard that failed to construct vessels, successfully claiming on Chinese refund guarantees.

Korea

Korea

Advising a leading Korean shipbuilder in dispute with a Middle East government owned entity under an engineering, procurement, construction installation, commissioning & startup (EPCIC) contract.  The dispute was valued at circa US$60 million and settled under ICC arbitration rules. The proceedings were seated in Paris, France, with a three member tribunal and the law of the contract was the law of the State of Libya.

Advising one of Korea’s largest shipping companies on a US$400 million LMAA arbitration concerning defective LNG carriers.

Representing a major Korean shipbuilder on a US$270 million LMAA arbitration involving a claim for substantial cost overruns and additional work.

Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a very large gantry crane to a French shipyard.

Representing a client in two LCIA arbitrations arising out of a construction contract of a Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) Vessel including warranty matters (i.e. post-construction defects). The disputes were against one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, the contract price being over US$700 million.

Singapore

Singapore

Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

Advising on a US$3 million plus arbitration regarding the withdrawal of a vessel and termination of a bareboat charter. We also sought immediate injunctive relief from the Singapore High Court for unconscionable conduct.

New Zealand

New Zealand

Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

North Sea

North Sea

Representing owners in an LMAA arbitration for a breach of charterparty in relation to unpaid invoices. This matter involved appeals to the English courts and enforcement actions in several locations around the world.

Representing a charterer in a LMAA arbitration for breach of charterparty in relation to the overconsumption of fuel.

Brazil

Brazil

Advising on major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

United States

United States

Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

Germany

Germany

Assisting a German platform supply vessel operator in claims against an Indian shipyard.

Netherlands

Netherlands

Advising on major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

Norway

Norway

Acting for shipyard in $300 million+ arbitration in respect of major cost overruns and delay following defective design for a series of four bespoke semi-submersible drilling rigs, including working closely with technical experts on design issues.

Assisting Norwegian owners in proceedings against Norwegian Charterers, in delivery dispute under a time charter.
 

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Representing a client in two LCIA arbitrations arising out of a construction contract of a Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) Vessel including warranty matters (i.e. post-construction defects). The disputes were against one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, the contract price being over US$700 million.

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Representing a ship-recycling company (claimant) in connection with a dispute concerning the recovery of a deposit for the purchase of a vessel following the termination of a memorandum of agreement.

  • Brazil

    Advising on major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

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  • China

    Successfully representing shipowners in arbitration with a Chinese shipyard that failed to construct vessels, successfully claiming on Chinese refund guarantees.

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  • Germany

    Assisting a German platform supply vessel operator in claims against an Indian shipyard.

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  • Korea

    Advising a leading Korean shipbuilder in dispute with a Middle East government owned entity under an engineering, procurement, construction installation, commissioning & startup (EPCIC) contract.  The dispute was valued at circa US$60 million and settled under ICC arbitration rules. The proceedings were seated in Paris, France, with a three member tribunal and the law of the contract was the law of the State of Libya.

    Advising one of Korea’s largest shipping companies on a US$400 million LMAA arbitration concerning defective LNG carriers.

    Representing a major Korean shipbuilder on a US$270 million LMAA arbitration involving a claim for substantial cost overruns and additional work.

    Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a very large gantry crane to a French shipyard.

    Representing a client in two LCIA arbitrations arising out of a construction contract of a Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) Vessel including warranty matters (i.e. post-construction defects). The disputes were against one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, the contract price being over US$700 million.

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  • Netherlands

    Advising on major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

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  • New Zealand

    Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

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  • North Sea

    Representing owners in an LMAA arbitration for a breach of charterparty in relation to unpaid invoices. This matter involved appeals to the English courts and enforcement actions in several locations around the world.

    Representing a charterer in a LMAA arbitration for breach of charterparty in relation to the overconsumption of fuel.

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  • Norway

    Acting for shipyard in $300 million+ arbitration in respect of major cost overruns and delay following defective design for a series of four bespoke semi-submersible drilling rigs, including working closely with technical experts on design issues.

    Assisting Norwegian owners in proceedings against Norwegian Charterers, in delivery dispute under a time charter.
     

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  • Singapore

    Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

    Advising on a US$3 million plus arbitration regarding the withdrawal of a vessel and termination of a bareboat charter. We also sought immediate injunctive relief from the Singapore High Court for unconscionable conduct.

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  • United Arab Emirates

    Representing a ship-recycling company (claimant) in connection with a dispute concerning the recovery of a deposit for the purchase of a vessel following the termination of a memorandum of agreement.

    Close
  • United Kingdom

    Representing a client in two LCIA arbitrations arising out of a construction contract of a Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) Vessel including warranty matters (i.e. post-construction defects). The disputes were against one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, the contract price being over US$700 million.

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  • United States

    Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

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