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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


Daryll Ng Managing partner

T:  +65 6835 8656
M:  Email Daryll | Vcard Office:  Singapore


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

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New interim relief Arrangement presents additional benefit to Hong Kong arbitration

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23 Sep 2019

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10 Sep 2019

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Stephenson Harwood wins 'Maritime Law Firm of the Year' at ALB Hong Kong Law Awards

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has won the ‘Maritime Law Firm of the Year' award at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) Hong Kong Law Awards 2019.


09 Aug 2019

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02 Aug 2019

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11 Jul 2019

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25 Jun 2019

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10 Jun 2019

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ShippingBulletin - June 2019

In this issue we look at inadequate passage plan – vessel unseaworthy, ship arrest - cross-undertaking in damages, time charter - piracy - off-hire plus more.


02 May 2019

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Shipping litigation and arbitration expert John Simpson joins Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance

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27 Mar 2019

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11 Feb 2019

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Stephenson Harwood Seoul office ranked Tier 1 for Shipping - Foreign Firms

We are delighted to announce that for the third consecutive year since its foundation the Seoul office has been ranked as Tier 1 by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 – recom..


05 Feb 2019

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Commodities in Focus - edition 5 2019

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31 Dec 2018

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Compulsory IACS (International Association of Classification Societies) membership for certain flagged vessels from 1 January 2019

Owners, charterers and their insurers should be aware of an impending change to UAE law which may affect current contractual arrangements and shipping operations in re..


11 Dec 2018

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Who bears the burden in cargo claims?

Many would assume that the question of where the burden of proof lies would be established under English law, particularly in the oft-litigated area of Hague Rules car..


28 Nov 2018

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Stephenson Harwood wins i-law Maritime Law Award at Lloyd’s List South Asia, Middle East and Africa Awards

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has received the 'i-law Maritime Law Award' at Lloyd’s List South Asia, Middle East and Africa Awards 2018.


19 Nov 2018

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ShippingBulletin - November 2018

In this issue we look at Hague-Visby Rules - package limitation, Hague Rules time bar - misdelivery claim - breach of jurisdiction clause, Hague Rules time bar - geogr..


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