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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

Latest news & insights

11 Dec 2018

From Insights

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

From News

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

From Insights

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..


18 Oct 2018

From News

Partner Simon Moore named 'Solicitor of the Year'

Stephenson Harwood LLP partner, Simon Moore, has been named 'Private Practice Solicitor of the Year' at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards 2018.


15 Oct 2018

From News

Stephenson Harwood recruits renowned marine and energy insurance specialist Joe O'Keeffe

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its marine and international trade practice with the addition of Joe O'Keeffe as a partner in its London office. O'Kee..


04 Oct 2018

From News

Stephenson Harwood hosts inaugural Women in Shipping event

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has hosted its inaugural networking event specifically for women involved in the shipping industry. Held in Oslo, Norway, on 26 Septemb..


17 Sep 2018

From News

Stephenson Harwood named International Shipping & Aviation Firm of the Year for the second year running

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has won the 'International Shipping & Aviation Firm of the Year' award at the China Law and Practice Awards 2018, for the second year r..


29 Aug 2018

From Insights

Voyage of the sea - partners contribute to lead publications

Andrew Rigden Green, Evangeline Quek and Henry Zhu recently contributed to the Hong Kong chapter of “Shipping” and the China chapter of "Shipbuilding" published by Get..


25 Jul 2018

From News

Stephenson Harwood team publishes fourth edition of leading shipping finance text

Shipping finance experts from law firm Stephenson Harwood have published the fourth edition of the leading industry text, Shipping Finance: A Practical Handbook.


25 May 2018

From News

Stephenson Harwood secures landmark Supreme Court judgment

The Supreme Court’s decision in Atlasnavios – Navegacao Lda ("B Atlantic", [2018] UKSC 26) was handed down on 22 May 2018.


16 Apr 2018

From Insights

ShippingBulletin - April 2018

In this issue we look at Bills of lading – claims on behalf of third party, Delivery of cargo without bill of lading – whether letters of indemnity engaged, Hague Rule..


02 Mar 2018

From News

Wang Yun joins Stephenson Harwood Wei Tu (China)

Wang Yun has joined Wei Tu, Stephenson Harwood’s associated firm in Guangzhou, China, as a consultant.


21 Feb 2018

From Insights

Sell now – or warehouse the vessels for a later sale?

Finance senior associate Elena Tang writes for Global Transport Finance about an alternative solution available to ship financiers trying to recover non-performing loa..


07 Feb 2018

From News

Maritime expert Menelaus Kouzoupis joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its renowned marine and international trade (MIT) practice with the addition of Menelaus Kouzoupis as partner.


15 Dec 2017

From Insights

Commodities in Focus - edition 3 2017

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


13 Dec 2017

From News

Mike Phillips named one of the 'Top 10 maritime lawyers' in 2017

Stephenson Harwood partner Mike Phillips has been named one of the 'Top 10 maritime lawyers' in 2017 by Lloyd's List, the shipping publication.


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