Shipping Team 3C

Shipping, Yachts & Superyachts

LA Marine

Our specialist LA Marine team offer expert advice and practical solutions to the commercial shipping, logistics, superyacht and leisure marine industries. Not only do our expert team have in-depth knowledge and great passion regarding the marine industry, they’re also extremely down-to-earth and offer a friendly approach. Our lawyers really understand the marine sector and the business needs that go hand-in-hand. In fact, several members of our team were formerly partners or senior assistants at leading shipping law firms in London or Singapore.

With our offices located in London, Southampton and Bournemouth, clients also get the advantage of a London presence but with the lower fees which a regional base allows. Southampton is also a major port and at the heart of the sailing community.

LA Marine’s clients include insurers, P&I Clubs, marine finance companies, cruise line and other ship owners and operators, harbour and port authorities, marina operators, yacht charter companies, repair yards, yacht brokers and dealers and yacht owners. We deal with all aspects of marine law from:

  • Collisions
  • Charter issues
  • Bill of lading disputes and demurrage claims
  • Breach of contract
  • Negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Non-contentious matters
  • Vessel sale and purchase contracts
  • Charter agreements and marina/port developments
  • Fixed fee yacht registration service

We’re also members of a number of trade federations and associations including the British Maritime Law Association, the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, the Cruise Lines International Association, the British Marine Federation, the British International Freight Association and the British Ports Association. Many of our team members also provide seminars and workshops on a variety of topics to clients and professional bodies worldwide to raise further awareness in this area.

To speak to a member of our marine team simply call us on 0344 967 0793.

Meet the LA Marine team


Team Ranked In Chambers 2017

Chambers and Partners UK 2017 comments  that the team “Acts for owners on a range of issues with particular focus on superyacht matters, such as collision liability, sale and purchase and contract negotiations. Also maintains a strong maritime personal injury and marine regulation practice.”

And our clients say “They offer a rounded and competent service.”


Our Shipping department has been recommended as a Top Tier Firm in Legal 500 2016;
“Lester Aldridge LLP’s team is led by Linda Jacques. Russell Kelly represented the Maritime and Coastguard Agency…Louise Fuller is also recommended.”

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With effect from 30 November 2016, the UK is implementing increases to the limits of liability for property and personal injury claims in order to bring the UK in line with increases at international level.

Package Limitation and Bulk Cargoes

There has always been an assumption that the package limitation under the Hague Rules does not apply when dealing with bulk cargo, but, it has been difficult to identify a reported case that which states that principle in black and white.


Walking into the legal world can be extremely daunting; there is so much to understand in such a short space of time, especially if you are the one looking to take legal action. Lester Aldridge provides a variety law expertise from family disputes to international maritime law. But what exactly is Marine Law?

cargo ship

A recent London arbitration decision has looked at whether losses sustained in a sale chain, caused by short loading, could be passed to the owners of a vessel on charter, to an associated company to that of the sellers in the sale chain.

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