17 Feb 2016

Stephenson Harwood lawyers named exclusive winners for Shipping & Transport UK and Intellectual Property UK at Client Choice Awards 2016


Stephenson Harwood partners Max Lemanski and Eifion Morris were named winners at the Client Choice Award 2016 for the Shipping & Transport category for the United Kingdom and Intellectual Property: Designs & Trade Secrets for the United Kingdom respectively.

Max was the sole winner for the UK in the Shipping & Transport category, and Eifion was the sole winner for the UK in the Intellectual Property: Designs & Trade Secrets category. It is the second consecutive year that Stephenson Harwood’s marine and international trade team have scooped the award, with Mike Phillips, who heads the team, being awarded the Client Choice Award in 2015.

Max comments: “I am absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious and exclusive award. It's great to receive such positive feedback from my shipping clients, which makes the award all the more special.”

Eifion comments: “I’m proud to win this award particularly as it’s based on client reviews. I am very focused on what clients want to achieve commercially, and the importance of client feedback is key to long term successful relationship.”

Max Lemanski, partner

A well-known shipping litigator, Max works for a wide range of international shipowners, P&I/FD&D clubs, shipyards and financing banks. Clients value his considerable experience and expertise, which spans the full spectrum of dry shipping litigation and arbitration disputes as well as non-contentious contract negotiations.

Eifion Morris, partner

Eifion is co-head of the IP team. His main focus is helping his clients deal with competitors who infringe his clients' IP rights and seek to compete unfairly with them. Due to the global nature of his clients and these disputes, Eifion has a speciality in developing and implementing effective strategies for dealing with such situations across multiple countries. He has co-ordinated and led matters which involve as many as 30 countries, before national courts and IP offices, as well as on the European community level before the European Trade Mark Office (OHIM) and the European Patent Office (EPO).

Client Choice Awards

Client Choice recognizes law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond competitors in the market. Uniquely, law firms and partners can only be nominated by corporate counsel.

Previous year’s Client Choice Awards
2015 – Stephenson Harwood’s head of marine and international trade group Mike Phillips, named individual winner in the Shipping & Transport category for the United Kingdom.

2014 – Stephenson Harwood’s Martin Green was named individual winner in Singapore for Asset Finance. 

2012 – Stephenson Harwood’s Hong Kong office named Hong Kong Firm of the Year.

ILO Client Choice Awards 2016



Max Lemanski

Max Lemanski

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Eifion Morris

Eifion Morris

T:  +44 20 7809 2347 M:  +44 7827 893 422 Email Eifion | Vcard Office:  London


Andrew Rieley
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