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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25 Apr 2024

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23 Apr 2024

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15 Apr 2024

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21 Feb 2024

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18 Jan 2024

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18 Dec 2023

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