Transportation and trade

Our world leading transportation and trade practice offers a breadth of services to clients in the aviation, shipping, trade, rail and road sectors. Our clients include many of the world's largest airlines, airports, shipowners, shipyards, financiers, lessors, commodities traders and private sector rail operators and owning groups.
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We work with a wide range of clients from the transportation and trade sector and advise on the following areas:

We can support clients throughout the full lifecycle, from financing and construction, through to operations and dispute resolution. Whether it's a complex matter affecting your entire business or a more routine matter, we have the knowledge and expertise through our international network to assist you.

We have particular expertise in:

  • Financings, including private wealth
  • Construction
  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Litigation 
  • Arbitration
  • Casualty response
  • Infrastructure
  • Regulations

"They are outstanding, they have an excellent ability to understand and deliver on our specific needs and they are proactive."
Chambers UK 2022

Lawyer

Jonathan Spearing Partner and global head of trade and commodities

T:  +44 20 7809 2228
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Latest news & insights

12 Jul 2024

From Insights

Airspeed read - Lipton v BA Cityflyer Ltd [2024] UKSC 24: pilot illness and the continuing erosion of "extraordinary circumstances"

On Wednesday 10 July 2024 the UK Supreme Court handed down its highly anticipated judgment in Lipton v BA Cityflyer Ltd, which concerned a claim for compensation under..

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12 Jul 2024

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Top table lunch: In conversation with Juergen Maier CBE – Top 10 takeaways

On Tuesday 9 July Stephenson Harwood and Atkins Réalis co-hosted the latest in a series of top table events. Juergen Maier, CBE, shared his thoughts around rail and ur..

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08 Jul 2024

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Ocean Yield AS on LNG shipping deal

Law firm Stephenson Harwood has acted as co-counsel alongside Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS in advising Ocean Yield AS on its acquisition of infrastructure fund CVC DIF’s sha..

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08 Jul 2024

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Getting Britain moving: A pensions perspective

On 9 July 2024, Stephenson Harwood LLP and AtkinsRéalis are hosting a Top Table Lunch during which Juergen Maier (who is leading a Rail and Urban Transport Review for ..

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03 Jul 2024

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on JOLCO Financing

Stephenson Harwood has advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as debt arranger in the completion of a Japanese Operating Lease with Call Option (JOLCO).

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01 Jul 2024

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Getting Britain moving: How will nationalisation of the railways tie in with Labour's devolution agenda?

On 9 July 2024, Stephenson Harwood LLP and AtkinsRéalis are hosting a Top Table Lunch during which Juergen Maier (who is leading a Rail and Urban Transport Review for ..

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26 Jun 2024

From News

Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised V Group and Advent International on the sale of V Group

Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised V Group and its private equity owner Advent International in relation to V Group's sale to a consortium led by STAR Capital.

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18 Jun 2024

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Getting Britain moving

Does nationalising the cost of the railways mean nationalising the profit?

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18 Jun 2024

From Insights

Getting Britain moving: What will Nationalisation of the Railways mean for Passenger and Freight Operators?

What will Nationalisation of the Railways mean for Passenger and Freight Operators?

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17 Jun 2024

From Insights

Transportation and trade newsletter - DEI

Welcome to the third edition of Stephenson Harwood's transportation and trade update, with this edition focussing on diversity and inclusion.

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13 Jun 2024

From Insights

Friends of the Earth vs Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero

High Court allows judicial review challenge to Secretary of State's performance of its duties under the Climate Change Act 2008 … again!

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03 Jun 2024

From News

Peter Theochari joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its asset finance capabilities with the arrival of partner Peter Theochari as a shipping and aviation finance expert w..

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21 May 2024

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises a consortium led by Standard Chartered Bank on ground-breaking US$1.3 billion project financing

Stephenson Harwood has advised Standard Chartered Bank on a unique US$1.3 billion project finance structure, relating to the pre- and post-delivery financing of Yinson..

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25 Apr 2024

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Labour's plan for rail

Today, the Labour party has announced its transport policy which aims to renationalise the country's rail network within five years.

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25 Apr 2024

From News

Stephenson Harwood promotes eight to partnership

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has promoted eight lawyers to its partnership, effective from 1 May 2024.

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23 Apr 2024

From Insights

Greenwashing in aviation: The latest rules and regulations on environmental campaigns

The aviation industry has historically had a negative reputation of being greenhouse gas polluters.

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