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.

“They are a standout firm; they are very active and are experts.”
Chambers UK 2021

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.


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.


Alex Davis Practice group leader

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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


Daryll Ng Managing partner at Virtus Law

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M:  Email Daryll | Vcard Office:  Singapore


Andrew Rigden Green Partner

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Latest news & insights

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..


23 Jun 2022

From Insights

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'.


27 May 2022

From Insights

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.


26 May 2022

From Insights

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.


13 Apr 2022

From Insights

Superyacht insurance and the role of the crew

In the world of yacht insurance, policies come in many shapes and sizes. The spectrum includes the commonly used American R12 "all risks" cover; the more traditional "..


11 Apr 2022

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Rania Tadros joins Stephenson Harwood as new Dubai office managing partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its Dubai office with the arrival of Rania Tadros as the new office managing partner. Tadros is a leading marine and i..


05 Apr 2022

From Insights

Article: Superyacht webinar – A guide to the sale and purchase of yachts

On Thursday 10 February 2022 Stephenson Harwood's superyacht team hosted a panel discussion, chaired by Ezio Dal Maso, a senior associate in the firm's Paris office, o..


04 Apr 2022

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises on award-winning ship finance deal

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP recently advised on a ship lease finance deal which has been recognised at the Marine Money Deal of the Year Awards 2021.


30 Mar 2022

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Stephenson Harwood advises Nordea Bank on US$415 million loan financing

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Nordea Bank in connection with a US$415 million sustainability linked loan agreement, made available to the Stolt Tankers g..


25 Feb 2022

From Insights

Commodities in Focus - Edition 12 2022

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


17 Feb 2022

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises longstanding client on Tankoa motor yacht sale

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised a longstanding private client on the sale of 'Bintador', a 50 metre Tankoa Boat International award winning motor yacht.


02 Feb 2022

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The edge of war: legal implications of the escalating Russia-Ukraine crisis for traders

This winter, with the world watching, Russia deployed around 100,000 troops together with tanks and heavy artillery along its border with Ukraine.


01 Feb 2022

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Stephenson Harwood kicks off 2022 with hat-trick of green deals

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has completed a hat-trick of green deals within one week, demonstrating the firm's credentials in one of its five strategic areas of fo..


28 Jan 2022

From Insights

Ukraine conflict would destabilise Black Sea trade, sanctions ‘inevitable’, say lawyers

In an article published by TradeWinds, partners and international trade experts Emma Skakle, Kirsty MacHardy, and Jameel Tarmohamed share their insights on the impact ..


26 Jan 2022

From Insights

The fourth time is the charm

The implications for maritime and international trade arbitrations in Singapore under the Fourth Edition of the SCMA Rules


19 Jan 2022

From Insights

Liability for general average and incorporation of charterparty war risks terms in bills of lading (Herculito Maritime Ltd v Gunvor—The ‘M/V POLAR’)

Partner Richard Hugg and senior associate Nikki Chu have written a case analysis on the recent Court of Appeal decision in Herculito Maritime Ltd v Gunvor — The ‘M/V P..


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