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Marine and international trade

Our world leading marine law practice offers a breadth of services to clients in the shipping, offshore and commodity sectors. Our clients include many of the world's largest shipowners, shipyards, major ship finance banks, marine insurers and IG P&I clubs, energy services companies, oil and gas business and commodities traders.
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Our practice is international and is serviced by specialist lawyers based in key shipping and trade hubs worldwide. Lawyers in our Dubai, Greater China, London, Paris, Piraeus, Seoul and Singapore offices deliver market-leading maritime expertise to a truly international clientele.

The size of our team and the depth of our experience means we are well positioned to advise on any shipping or trade-related concern, from the most complex marine incident or financing structure to the more straightforward sale and purchase dispute or cargo claim.

We also offer our clients a wide range of ancillary legal services that includes corporate, competition, environmental, intellectual property and tax advice.

“Stephenson Harwood is first class in every way, responding immediately, with impressive strength in the team, and providing excellent value and deep industry knowledge.”
The Legal 500 UK 2015

Mercuria – commodity repo dispute

We acted for Mercuria in the successful defence of a headline-making US$270 million claim - relating to commodity “repo” deals affected by a major metals warehousing fraud in China.

Container ship casualty

We advised in relation to an explosion and subsequent fire on a container ship situated in the Indian Ocean, including providing rapid response by our market-leading casualty team.

Yamal LNG project

Advised Stena LNG on a bid for the construction and chartering of ice-classed LNG tankers for use in the Arctic Circle.

Major Chinese offshore project

Advised Prosafe on a US$540 million Chinese offshore project - a series of semi-submersible units for operation in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Coverage dispute for lead marine insurer worth US$1 billion

Coverage dispute for lead marine insurer worth US$1 billion relating to a major international navy.

On-demand refund guarantees and performance bonds dispute

We acted for a major East Asian bank in an ICC arbitration in relation to on-demand refund guarantees and performance bonds with a value of approximately US$95 million.

OW Bunker bankruptcy

Advising various shipowners and charterers in the fallout from the bankruptcy of OW Bunker A/S and certain associated companies, including advising on competing demands for payment in respect of the same bunker stem, and other potential claims and risk of arrest and proceedings in Belgium, the Netherlands and New York.

Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project

We advised a leading international EPIC contractor in the contracts for a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project worth in excess of US$10 billion offshore Africa.

Swiss-based oil trader

Advised our client on two attempts made by an oil major to escape from its obligations under an unprofitable sale contract to purchase 40,000mt of vacuum gas oil (VGO).

Pirate attack off the West coast of Africa

We advised the shipowner in relation to a pirate attack on a vessel off the West Coast of Africa.

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Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

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M:  +971 55 899 3951 Email Rovine | Vcard Office:  Dubai

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Michael Kim Office managing partner

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Mike Phillips Partner

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Andrew Rigden Green Partner

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Durai Shunmugam Partner

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M:  Email Durai | Vcard Office:  Singapore

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25 Oct 2017

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Stephenson Harwood secures Supreme Court victory in landmark general average case

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has represented the successful shipowners, in a claim arising from the seizure of the MV Longchamp by Somali pirates.

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11 Oct 2017

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28 Sep 2017

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Stephenson Harwood wins Maritime Law Award at Lloyd's List Global Awards

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has received the Maritime Law Award at Lloyd's Lists' 2017 Global Awards.

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24 Jul 2017

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Commodities in Focus - edition 2 2017

Welcome to the second edition of Commodities in Focus (CIF) - a bulletin for clients engaged in the production, trading, carriage, storage and financing of commodities..

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07 Jun 2017

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06 Jun 2017

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06 Jun 2017

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15 May 2017

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

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11 May 2017

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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..

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09 Mar 2017

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Hot topic: Commodities litigation

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01 Mar 2017

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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.

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22 Feb 2017

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ShippingBulletin - February 2017

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20 Feb 2017

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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..

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10 Feb 2017

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Stephenson Harwood successful in landmark loan enforcement case

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19 Oct 2016

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ShippingBulletin - October 2016

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