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LA Marine is the specialist marine law team at Lester Aldridge, offering expert legal advice to the shipping, logistics, superyacht and leisure marine sectors. We take pride in our advice, and client satisfaction lies at the heart of what we do.

Not only do our expert team have in-depth knowledge and a great passion for the marine and shipping industries, but they are also extremely down-to-earth and offer a friendly, practical approach. With a 25-year history and a team of lawyers with backgrounds in international and London firms, insurers, and in-house, LA Marine is proud to offer top-quality service to its clients in all sectors of the industry.

Our offices in the City of London and at the heart of the marine community on the South Coast place us in a great position to offer you expert legal advice on all aspects of marine and maritime law. We are one of the few law firms based in offices outside of London with the expertise and experience to provide you with specialist marine and maritime legal advice.

Our dedicated marine solicitors not only provide expert advice on marine and maritime law, but also work in collaboration with specialists in the firm’s other service areas. This allows us to offer our marine industry clients a comprehensive, full-service solution, covering matters such as employment, insolvency, corporate and property law.

LA Marine’s diverse client base includes marine insurers, P&I Clubs, marine finance providers, vessel owners, operators and managers, port and harbour authorities, marina operators, yacht charter companies, shipyards, yacht brokers, dealers, and owners.

At LA Marine, we are deeply committed to the marine industry. We are passionate about staying at the forefront of our field, constantly keeping a step ahead of advances and challenges.  As proud members of most key industry bodies, we take our responsibilities seriously. We are also proud to be an institutional supporter of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations by signing The Green Pledge, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of international arbitrations through behavioural change.

Shipping, Logistics & Energy

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LA Marine are experts in this unique field of law. Our maritime lawyers work with clients around the world to provide expert advice to all stakeholders within the shipping industry on charterparty disputes, admiralty claims, sale & purchase, shipbuilding, marine insurance and much more. We work alongside insurers, loss adjusters, brokers, marine surveyors and other industry experts to ensure we understand the complete legal landscape and provide our clients with the best possible service.

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Yachts & Superyachts

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Our niche Yachts and Superyachts team have years of experience in the field and can provide you with the legal expertise you need, both from a personal or business perspective. The wide variety of work handled by our team includes yacht sale and purchase, marine casualties, personal injury and fatalities at sea, prosecutions, arrests and insurance claims.

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Marine Finance

Marine Finance Lawyers

Our experienced finance lawyers provide advice and support to lenders and borrowers alike in relation to finance transactions and projects involving all sectors of the marine industry, from commercial vessels to yachts & superyachts. Our in depth understanding of the needs of all parties to the transaction enables us to provide a seamless and commercially responsive service.

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Ports & Marinas

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Whether you are a port authority, harbour commissioner or marine operator, our Ports and Marinas team have the knowledge, skills, and experience to support you with anything from real estate development to advising on mooring terms and conditions and prosecutions for offences within harbour jurisdiction.

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Houseboats & Inland Waterways

Houseboats & Inland Waterways

Whether you are looking to purchase a houseboat or transfer a mooring licence, need advice on inland waterways regulations or have a dispute involving a canal boat, our team of specialist lawyers are here to help.

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Workboats & Tug and Tow

Our marine lawyers provide a deep understanding of this specialist area of law and will work with you to achieve the best solution to any issues.

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Workboats & Tug and Tow

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The ’very creative and responsive’ Lester Aldridge LLP marine practice operates out of the Southampton and Bournemouth offices, specialising in the whole spectrum of litigious and transactional matters in shipping law. Southampton-based Russell Kelly has vast experience of advising national and international clients from the leisure marine and superyacht sectors, as well as handling complex contractual disputes which may arise. From Bournemouth, Linda Jacques leads on arbitration work involving contractual claims and the loss of cargo. Also in Southampton, Philippa Langton handles regulatory matters for shipowners and operators. Associate Lucy Goff is knowledgeable on professional negligence claims.Close quote
Shipping: South East - Top tier
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The team is very creative and responsive. They are good value for money. Much more agile and flexible than other firms.Close quote
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Great people, very knowledgeable and willing to offer advice to avoid problems down the line.Close quote
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A knowledgeable team who are approachable and clear and clean in their communications. The team are always welcoming with a can-do approach.Close quote
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Lester Aldridge is capable of handling both wet and dry shipping matters. It acts for owners on a range of issues, with a particular focus on superyacht matters, such as collision liability, sale and purchase, and contract negotiations. The firm also maintains a strong maritime personal injury and marine regulation practice. The team's clients include marine insurers, port authorities and yacht owners.Close quote
Shipping: UK-wide
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The firm always provides a fantastic service. They are prompt at dealing with any queries.Close quote
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The team displays a wide range of abilities and knowledge.Close quote
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The team is incredibly efficient and responsive.Close quote
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