Shipping litigation

Stephenson Harwood has one of the world's leading shipping practices. We offer comprehensive, specialist advice on resolving a wide range of disputes in the shipping industry. All our lawyers take special pride in working hard to give you clear, commercial and reliable advice.
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Our team has the specialist experience to understand your business needs and the capacity to handle all areas of shipping litigation work.  Whatever the type of vessel, cargo or commodity, we will protect your interests and work with you to provide the solution you require.

From our offices in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul we frequently act in high profile disputes involving complex legal and commercial problems.  We often have to advise on cross-border and jurisdictional disputes which has resulted in a considerable pool of experience relating to the majority of important maritime jurisdictions.

We service clients throughout the world, and our multinational team includes specialist lawyers fluent in many languages.

We can help you with:

  • arbitration and mediation
  • bills of lading
  • bunker disputes
  • cargo loss and damage
  • casualties
  • charterparties
  • CMR
  • competition law
  • contracts of affreightment
  • e-commerce and electronic bills of lading
  • fires and explosions
  • general average disputes
  • insurance
  • international trade and commodities
  • maritime fraud investigation and litigation
  • oil and gas, chemical products
  • P&I and defence work
  • personal injury
  • port agency and terminal contracts
  • ship sale and purchase disputes
  • unsafe port and berth disputes
  • vessel sharing, slot charter and pooling agreements.
"They are very knowledgeable, they are available 24 hours a day and the expertise and guidance are top-notch"
Chambers UK 2015

Fiona Trust litigation

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

LNG cargoes

Advising on potential claims relating to surrender of bills of lading for LNG cargoes and LOU for discharge of LNG.

Purchase dispute

Representing ship owners in a successful defence of a claim before the English court relating to the purchase of two VLCCs for conversion into production facilities.

New build dispute

Assisting shipyard in the successful defence of a series of claims relating to purported cancellation by ship owners due to delay.

LNG FPSO project offshore Israel

Acting for Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd in relation to various disputes concerning a LNG FPSO project offshore Israel for the realisation and export of LNG from Israel. Total project value in excess of US$10 billion.

Cargo damage

Advising owners following damage to a cargo of steel coils, including claims of fraudulent bills of lading, deviation and loss of profits.

Safe loading and carriage of goods

Acting for owner in a dispute relating to the safety of a concentrates cargo and permitted loading configurations for the vessel.

Detention of the vessel

Advising underwriters on a claim for constructive total loss following the detention of the vessel in Kuwait pending provision of security by owners. We arranged for a team in Kuwait to liaise with the local authorities, which led to the expedited release of the vessel.

Unsafe port claim

Advising in relation to a grounding in the Orinoco river leading to a US$20 million unsafe port claim with arbitration proceedings in London and New York.
Lawyer

Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

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

Lawyer

Michael Kim Office managing partner

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

Lawyer

Mike Phillips Partner

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

Lawyer

Andrew Rigden Green Partner

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

Lawyer

Durai Shunmugam Partner

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

Latest news & insights

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.

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02 Mar 2015

From Insights

Media coverage: Le journal de la Marine Marchan - L'admissibilité de la rançon dans l'avarie commune

Ezio Dal Maso comments on the "Longchamp" case regarding the contribution in general average to expenses incurred as a result of a vessel seizure by Somali pirates.

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06 Feb 2014

From News

Stephenson Harwood hires new Korea shipping partner

International law firm Stephenson Harwood has appointed Michael Kim as a partner in the marine and international trade practice.

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27 Aug 2013

From Insights

Media coverage: Il Diritto Marittimo

Ezio Dal Maso discusses a mortgagee's rights in the Italian publication, Il Diritto Marittimo, 2013. [In Italian]

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25 Aug 2013

From Insights

Media coverage: Ship2Shore August 2013

Ezio Dal Maso discusses a mortgagee's rights in the Italian publication Ship 2 Shore. [In Italian]

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