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We are a compact team with a wealth of legal knowledge in shipping law and a depth of experience in dealing with sales contracts whether they are stand alone contract or part of a string sale.

We appreciate that commodity markets can often be unpredictable and susceptible to global economic changes as well as seasonal variations. Our shipping lawyers offer incisive, timely advice and support when problems occur.

Shipping contracts

We assist clients with the drafting of clauses and construction issues when contract clauses are capable of more than one interpretation, as well as contract of affreightment and charterparties.

Notice of Readiness issues:  We understand the range of problems these notices can run into and the importance of proper notices being provided so as to ensure a sales contract runs smoothly. We assist clients with problems caused by a defective or rejected Notice of Readiness.

Marine disputes

  • Demurrage disputes: The collection of demurrage is not always a straightforward affair and complex questions can often arise We have a wealth of experience in dealing with small and large demurrage claims, whether that be defending claims or, recovering claims.
  • Force Majeure: This is a complicated area of the law and early assistance is often required to determine whether an event falls into a force majeure clause and the ramifications in the event it does not.
  • Buy back issues: Complications can often arise with what should be a relatively straight forward buy back. We understand the importance of clear concise advice in buy back disputes.
  • Quality and quantity disputes: There are usually short time limits for bringing claims and we understand the commercial importance of preparing these properly and presenting and pursuing claims at an early juncture.
  • Letter of indemnity issues: These letters are a vital part of the shipping and logistics industry but they are not without their risks. Managing that risk is an important part of our role when handling shipping and commodity matters
  • Indemnity claims.
  • Arbitration and litigation: Sometimes differences of opinion cannot be commercially resolved and arbitration or legal proceedings need to be commenced. We can help you with a LMAA or GAFTA arbitration or a LCIA or English Court claim.

Our arbitration solicitors understand the importance of acting quickly to ensure indemnities are sought from contracting parties whether it be under a sale contract, bill of lading or charterparty. Where it is appropriate we will get the claim secured at the earliest juncture and we are part of the Ship Arrest. Com group which gives us access to specialist lawyers across the globe in most ports and cities.

Selling or purchasing a vessel

Selling or purchasing a vessel of any size and type can be a complex process, particularly if the parties are not in the UK. Significant amounts of money will be involved and it is usual for a deposit to be paid at an early stage of the transaction. Parties to the transaction will be concerned that the deposit is held securely, that documentation is in order and that any outstanding finance on the vessel will be settled at completion. Our shipping law solicitors can advise on all these issues and many more besides.

Sale and purchase of a vessel contracts: Whether you are buying or selling a vessel we can assist. We can handle the transaction for you (even if there is a broker involved), including negotiating and advising on the sale agreement (whether on Norwegian Sale Form terms or otherwise). We can hold the deposit, the completion documents and completion funds as stakeholder and will co-ordinate and deal with completion and the release of any outstanding mortgages.

New build and refit contracts: We can advise on the contract terms, the passing of title, stage payments, warranties, delay and any other issue of concern.

Vessel registration

The UK Ship Register is part of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). Registration evidences the vessel’s nationality and is important when you sail outside of UK waters. There are a number of requirements that need to be satisfied for a ship owner to register a ship.

We can handle all aspects of vessel registration for you, whether on the British Registry or a foreign flag. UK Government advice on registering your vessel can also be found at www.gov.uk/register-a-boat/the-uk-ship-register and also at www.ukshipregister.co.uk/registration/eligibility/

How does it work? What is the process?

Every dispute is taken on a case by case basis.

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