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.

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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.

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Alex Davis Practice group leader

T:  +44 20 7809 2671
M:  Email Alex | Vcard Office:  London

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Michael Kim Seoul office managing partner

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

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Daryll Ng Managing partner at Virtus Law

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

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Andrew Rigden Green Partner

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

Latest news & insights

22 Nov 2022

From News

Rania Tadros receives 'Woman in Shipping Award' at The Maritime Standard Awards 2022

Stephenson Harwood Dubai office managing partner Rania Tadros has been honoured with the 'Woman in Shipping Award' at The Maritime Standard Awards 2022.

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15 Nov 2022

From Insights

CIF Weekly: Optimares S.p.A v Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C.

Clear drafting means right to terminate for convenience unfettered by existence of other contractual termination rights or duty of good faith

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11 Nov 2022

From Insights

UK sanctions: prohibition on the maritime transportation of crude and petroleum oil and products

On 5 December 2022, the 16th amendment1 to the UK's sanctions against Russia, The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (the "Regulations")2, comes into force ..

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01 Nov 2022

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CIF Weekly: MUR Shipping v RTI - Court of Appeal rules on interpretation of force majeure clause in a COA

On 27 October 2022 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in MUR Shipping BV v RTI Ltd [2022] EWCA Civ 1406, finding that MUR (owners) could not rely on a force maje..

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27 Oct 2022

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Boskalis confirmed as keynote speaker at the UK Renewables Academy course in offshore wind

The UK Renewable Academy is delighted to announce that Boskalis shall be the keynote speaker covering the cabling module for its four day offshore wind programme in Se..

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25 Oct 2022

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CIF Weekly: Embracing the next chapter: The Electronic Trade Documents Bill and its importance for the future of international trade

On 12 October 2022 the Electronic Trade Documents Bill (the "Bill") was introduced to the House of Lords and received a first reading. The Bill was drafted by the Law ..

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20 Oct 2022
18 Oct 2022

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CIF Weekly: The Miracle Hope (No 5)

Managing associate, Neila Cheeks considers the judgment handed down by His Honour Judge Pelling KC on 3 October 2022 of Trafigura Maritime Logistics Pte Ltd ("T") v Cl..

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11 Oct 2022

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CIF Weekly: Does the HVR Art.III, r.6 one year time bar apply to mis-delivery cargo claims which take place after discharge from the vessel?

Does the HVR Art.III, r.6 one year time bar apply to mis-delivery cargo claims which take place after discharge from the vessel?

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29 Sep 2022

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Yacht fires

Rendezvous, Naseem, Hooligan, Good Vibes, Aria SF, Black Diamond – the list of yachts lost to fire this summer alone goes on.

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15 Aug 2022

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MASS at Moorgate

Tuesday 18 October 2022 - 11:45 - 19:30pm

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22 Jul 2022

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Commodities in Focus - Edition 13 2022

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

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24 Jun 2022

From News

Stephenson Harwood joins All Aboard Alliance

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has joined Global Maritime Forum's (GMF) All Aboard Alliance. In celebration of the Day of the Seafarer, the firm is announcing that, a..

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23 Jun 2022

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Chartering superyachts in the summer of 2022 – key trends and issues to watch out for webinar

The superyacht team recently hosted its fifth panel discussion on 'Chartering superyachts in the summer of 2022 – key trends and issues to watch out for'.

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27 May 2022

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Chartering superyachts in the summer of 2022 – key trends and issues to watch out webinar

On Thursday 16 June, our superyacht team will host their 5th superyacht panel discussion, chaired by partner, Max Lemanski and of counsel Ezio Dal Maso.

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26 May 2022

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Three months in: the legal implications of the Russia-Ukraine conflict for traders

In early February, we published an article on the legal implications of the escalating Russia-Ukraine crisis.

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