Tom Axton

Tom Axton - Solicitor

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Tom spent nearly 10 years working in the superyacht industry as a deck officer onboard a number of high-profile commercial motor yachts.

Tom brings a wealth of practical experience to the team and to his practice of sale and purchase transactions for vessels of all types. He advises a broad range of clients across the leisure marine and superyacht sectors including HNW and UHNW vessel owners, management companies, finance providers and industry manufacturers / suppliers.

Outside of his transactional work Tom regularly advises clients on contentious matters across the leisure marine sector including sales of goods and services disputes, breach of contract and general negligence matters.

  • MCA Officer of the Watch 3000gt

Recent work

  • Routinely advises on the sale and purchase of motor and sailing yachts under various flags and situated across Europe and beyond.
  • Conducted a comprehensive review of a nationwide marina operator’s annual berthing terms and conditions, marina regulations and public access policies.
  • Assisted a large yacht owner in a high-value dispute with insurers following a collision at sea.
  • Assisted in the MCA prosecution of a negligent tug master following the death of a crew member.

Tom has been outstandingly professional and thorough throughout this process. He is a credit to his company and I would not hesitate to recommend him to any of my clients and use him again for any future deals.

Finance broker, following successful re-financing of Gibraltar flagged motor yacht.

We much appreciated Tom’s advice, he took a great deal of care. The brochure is printed, everything is on the website and the bookings are still coming in! This is a good resolution – thank you so much.

Shire Cruisers, following successful revision of consumer contract terms

Norgrain 89 Form

An arbitration tribunal in London has recently looked at the inter-reaction between a valid notice of readiness “NOR” and the right to cancel the charterparty when problems occur.

Stink bugs

Countries such as Australia and New Zealand are determined to keep stink bugs out and are therefore taking a hardline approach to ensuring that these dangerous pests do not infiltrate their borders.