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.