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Stephenson Harwood’s lawyers are market leading and uniquely specialist in ship finance, marine insurance, maritime litigation and arbitration, corporate and tax services. Whether you’re a major ship finance bank, the world’s largest shipping or offshore company, marine insurer, IG P&I club or the world’s leading shipyard, our team has the specialist experience to understand your business needs and the capacity to deliver the service you require.

From our offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Piraeus, Singapore and Seoul, we routinely act in high-profile disputes involving complex legal and commercial problems throughout the world. With our long track record of representing best in class maritime companies all over the world, you can be sure of the highest quality of service every time.

"They are very knowledgeable, they are available 24 hours a day and the expertise and guidance are top-notch"
Chambers UK 2015

Collision/cargo loss

We advised following a major collision which caused the spillage of a substantial part of a cargo of aviation fuel and involved limitation proceedings in Holland and Germany.

Unsafe port

We advised our client in relation to a grounding in the Orinoco river which led to a US$20 million unsafe port claim with arbitration proceedings in London and New York.

General average claims - engine damage

We advised on a case involving main engine damage which resulted in a long tow to the discharge port and connected general average claims.

The Fiona Trust litigation

We advised the successful parties against claims totalling US$1 billion in respect of alleged bribery in the Fiona Trust litigation.

Cargo of iron ore

We advised the bulk carrier owners following the loading of a cargo of iron ore with high moisture content at an Indian port. There was a high risk of liquefaction of the cargo and listing of the vessel.

Cargo claim for damage to a cargo of bananas

We acted for Japanese owners in a cargo claim brought by Russian consignees arising out of alleged damage to a cargo of bananas shipped from Ecuador to St Petersburg.

Casualty of a vessel carrying ISO tank containers

We advised on the serious casualty of a vessel carrying ISO tank containers of ethylene following a major explosion on deck that destroyed the containers.

Detained oil cargoes

We advised on various oil cargoes, each worth over US$100 million, which were detained in Sudan due to internal conflicts between the government of Sudan and South Sudan.

Bunker dispute

We advised Korean charterers on claims arising out of the alleged supply of off-specification bunkers which allegedly resulted in the catastrophic failure of the main engine on board a fully laden container vessel.

Merger - Braemar  and ACM Shipping

We advised Westhouse Securities as financial advisor and corporate broker to Braemar Shipping Services Plc in Braemar Seascope’s merger with ACM Shipping Group Plc, to create a combined ship-broking business worth £170 million.

Iranian sanctions and asset freezing

We successfully acted for National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) in its case against the Council of the EU in the General Court of the EU in respect of its application for annulment of its designation and asset freeze.

Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

T:  +971 4 407 3901
M:  +971 55 899 3951 Email Rovine | Vcard Office:  Dubai


Michael Kim Office managing partner

T:  + 82 2 6138 4888
M:  + 82 10 2005 1690 Email Michael | Vcard Office:  Seoul


Mike Phillips Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2627
M:  +44 7824 814 433 Email Mike | Vcard Office:  London


Andrew Rigden Green Partner

T:  +852 2533 2761
M:  +852 6013 2520 Email Andrew | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong


Durai Shunmugam Partner

T:  +65 6226 1600
M:  Email Durai | Vcard Office:  Singapore

Latest news & insights

15 May 2017

From Insights

The Ocean Victory judgment - A cause for concern for insurers wishing to pursue subrogated claims

The Supreme Court’s recent judgment on safe port warranties includes a decision on the insurance cover of The Ocean Victory which is a cause for concern for insurers w..


11 May 2017

From Insights

The Ocean Victory - Supreme Court

The Supreme Court in the Ocean Victory has considered and confirmed the approach to safe port warranties. It has also given its views on related questions of general i..


01 Mar 2017

From Insights

Does fraud always “unravel all”?

The English High Court considers the enforceability of a Chinese arbitration award relating to a sale transaction that was tainted by fraud.


22 Feb 2017

From Insights

ShippingBulletin - February 2017

In this issue we look at cargo claims - burden of proof, no package limitation for bulk cargo under Hague Rules, ship finance loan - effect of asymmetric jurisdiction ..


20 Feb 2017

From Insights

Commodities in Focus - edition 1 2017

Welcome to the first edition of our relaunched publication, Commodities in Focus - a bulletin for clients engaged in the production, trading, carriage, storage and fin..


10 Feb 2017

From Insights

Stephenson Harwood successful in landmark loan enforcement case

The judgment of Mr Justice Cranston in Commerzbank AG v Pauline Shipping and Liquimar Tankers Management Inc, 3 February 2017, is one of great importance for banks and..


01 Nov 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood recruits heavyweight shipping litigator Ed Newitt to its Dubai office

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its Middle East shipping and insurance litigation practice with the addition of Ed Newitt as a partner in its Dubai of..


19 Oct 2016

From Insights

ShippingBulletin - October 2016

In this issue we look at limitation of liability - breaking limit - scuttling, whether payment of hire a condition, cruise ship - negligent repairs - liquidated damage..


04 Aug 2016

From Insights

Atlasnavios – Navegacao Lda v Navigators Insurance

The Court of Appeal in the 'B Atlantic' case has allowed insurers' appeal and held that there is no cover under the standard war risks policy for vessels caught smuggl..


01 Aug 2016

From Insights

Can shipowners waive their right to limit their liability?

We discuss the judgment in Bahamas Oil Refining Company International v Owners of The Cape Bari, a decision which has attracted considerable interest in the shipping i..


27 Jul 2016

From Insights

Maritime law and insolvency

This article highlights some of the features of the maritime industry that may have an impact on the unwary.


13 Jun 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood celebrates 20 years in Piraeus, maritime capital of Greece

Stephenson Harwood LLP is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its presence in Piraeus, the maritime capital of Greece.


12 May 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises AET on Paramount Tankers purchase

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised AET on its purchase from Golden Energy Tanker Holdings of the 50 percent stake in Paramount Tankers which it ..


11 May 2016

From Insights

The "GLOBAL SANTOSH" - off-hire during arrest?

In this alert, we report on the Supreme Court decision in NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV v Cargill International SA [2016] UKSC 20.


03 May 2016

From Insights

ShippingBulletin - May 2016

In this issue we look at clause paramount - Hague or Hague-Visby Rules applicable? COA - repudiatory breach plus more.


11 Apr 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advises on US$216 million K-Sure backed post-delivery financing for FSRU BW Singapore

International law firm Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance, advised a subsidiary of BW Gas on an export credit agency backed US$216 million post-delivery financing..


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