Marine and international trade

Our world leading marine law practice offers a breadth of services to clients in the shipping, offshore and commodity sectors. Our clients include many of the world's largest shipowners, shipyards, major ship finance banks, marine insurers and IG P&I clubs, energy services companies, oil and gas business and commodities traders.
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Our practice is international and is serviced by specialist lawyers based in key shipping and trade hubs worldwide. Lawyers in our Dubai, Greater China, London, Paris, Piraeus, Seoul and Singapore offices deliver market-leading maritime expertise to a truly international clientele.

The size of our team and the depth of our experience means we are well positioned to advise on any shipping or trade-related concern, from the most complex marine incident or financing structure to the more straightforward sale and purchase dispute or cargo claim.

We also offer our clients a wide range of ancillary legal services that includes corporate, competition, environmental, intellectual property and tax advice.

“Stephenson Harwood is first class in every way, responding immediately, with impressive strength in the team, and providing excellent value and deep industry knowledge.”
The Legal 500 UK 2015

Mercuria – commodity repo dispute

We acted for Mercuria in the successful defence of a headline-making US$270 million claim - relating to commodity “repo” deals affected by a major metals warehousing fraud in China.

Container ship casualty

We advised in relation to an explosion and subsequent fire on a container ship situated in the Indian Ocean, including providing rapid response by our market-leading casualty team.

Yamal LNG project

Advised Stena LNG on a bid for the construction and chartering of ice-classed LNG tankers for use in the Arctic Circle.

Major Chinese offshore project

Advised Prosafe on a US$540 million Chinese offshore project - a series of semi-submersible units for operation in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Coverage dispute for lead marine insurer worth US$1 billion

Coverage dispute for lead marine insurer worth US$1 billion relating to a major international navy.

On-demand refund guarantees and performance bonds dispute

We acted for a major East Asian bank in an ICC arbitration in relation to on-demand refund guarantees and performance bonds with a value of approximately US$95 million. 

Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project

We advised a leading international EPIC contractor in the contracts for a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project worth in excess of US$10 billion offshore Africa.

Swiss-based oil trader

Advised our client on two attempts made by an oil major to escape from its obligations under an unprofitable sale contract to purchase 40,000mt of vacuum gas oil (VGO).

Pirate attack off the West coast of Africa

We advised the shipowner in relation to a pirate attack on a vessel off the West Coast of Africa.

The "B ATLANTIC"

Advising War Risks underwriters following the detention and confiscation of the vessel "B ATLANTIC" in Venezuela following the discovery of drugs below the waterline. Representing underwriters in the English High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and successfully establishing that the loss is excluded under the terms of the policy.

Lawyer

Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

T:  +971 4 407 3901
M:  +971 55 899 3951 Email Rovine | Vcard Office:  Dubai

Lawyer

Michael Kim Office managing partner

T:  + 82 2 6138 4888
M:  + 82 10 2005 1690 Email Michael | Vcard Office:  Seoul

Lawyer

Daryll Ng Managing Partner

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

Lawyer

Mike Phillips Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2627
M:  +44 7824 814 433 Email Mike | Vcard Office:  London

Lawyer

Andrew Rigden Green Partner

T:  +852 2533 2761
M:  +852 6013 2520 Email Andrew | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

Latest news & insights

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.

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15 May 2019

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On 14 May 2019, the English Commercial Court once again reminded commercial parties that they will be held to their contract.

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02 May 2019

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

Law firm Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has strengthened its marine and international trade practice with the appointment of John Simpson as partner.

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27 Mar 2019

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Stephenson Harwood advises ABN AMRO Bank N.V. on loan facility to Star Bulk Carriers Corp. for the financing of scrubbers

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05 Feb 2019

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Commodities in Focus - edition 5 2019

Welcome to the fifth edition of Commodities in Focus (CIF) – our bulletin for clients engaged in the production, trading, carriage, storage and financing of commoditie..

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30 Jan 2019

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Kaefer Aislamientos SA de CV v AMS Drilling Mexico SA de CV and others [2019] EWCA Civ 10

Stephenson Harwood acted for the successful respondents, Atlantic Tiburon 1 Pte Ltd and Ezion Holdings Limited ("AT1" and "Ezion" respectively), in a leading Court of ..

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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

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11 Dec 2018

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11 Dec 2018

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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.

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20 Nov 2018

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Stephenson Harwood advises NIBC Bank N.V. on US$55 million loan facility

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised NIBC Bank N.V. (NIBC), in its capacity as agent and co-lender, on a US$55 million loan facility for MW Shipping B.V.

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19 Nov 2018

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ShippingBulletin - November 2018

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18 Oct 2018

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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.

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15 Oct 2018

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

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29 Aug 2018

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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..

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25 Jul 2018

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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.

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