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.

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
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Michael Kim 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

19 Jan 2022

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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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14 Jan 2022

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A guide to the sale and purchase of yachts

Join us on Thursday 27 January 2022 for our 4th superyacht panel discussion, chaired by Stephenson Harwood partner, Kirsty MacHardy and senior associate Ezio Dal Maso.

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07 Jan 2022

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Indonesian coal export ban

In our latest bulletin, we consider the likely consequences to sales contracts, letters of credit, charterparties and bills of lading.

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15 Dec 2021

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Mark Lakin named in Seatrade Maritime Middle East's inaugural '20 under 40' list

Stephenson Harwood Dubai-based partner Mark Lakin has been included in Seatrade Maritime Middle East's inaugural '20 under 40 ' list.

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26 Nov 2021

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Stephenson Harwood advises on Ribelle superyacht acquisition

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised a longstanding private client as buyer of the sailing yacht Ribelle.

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26 Nov 2021

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Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance named Maritime or Transport Team of the Year

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has been named the ‘Maritime or Transport Team of the Year' at The Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 2021.

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25 Nov 2021

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Jameel Tarmohamed joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its marine and international trade practice with the addition of commodities trade finance specialist Jameel Tarmohame..

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25 Nov 2021

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The Shipping News on Thursdays

Starting on Thursday 14 October 2021, we will be running a series of shipping-focused webinars every Thursday at 5pm, Singapore | 9am, London | 1pm, Dubai | 6pm, Seou..

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09 Nov 2021

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Stephenson Harwood launches Swansea University partnership

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has partnered with Swansea University to be the exclusive sponsor of its Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy LLM degree.

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28 Oct 2021

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How to walk away – and how not to – under the MYBA Memorandum of Agreement

The second-hand yacht market is currently very active, with many yachts changing hands. When a yacht is sold, the standard form MYBA Memorandum of Agreement (the "MOA"..

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22 Oct 2021

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Well Heeled - Edition 6 2021

Welcome to the sixth edition of Well Heeled, Stephenson Harwood's bulletin for clients engaged in LNG and gas transportation, trading and offshore production.

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14 Oct 2021

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Superyacht webinar - The Asian yacht market and private wealth sector – trends and opportunities

The Stephenson Harwoods superyacht team recently hosted an online panel discussion on ‘The Asian yacht market and private wealth sector – trends and opportunities.'

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14 Oct 2021

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Demurrage time bar—completion of discharge and applicable time zone (Euronav NV v Repsol Trading SA)

Nikki Chu has written a case analysis on Euronav NV v. Repsol Trading SA concerning demurrage time bars [2021] EWHC 2565 (Comm). This article was first published by Le..

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29 Sep 2021

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Stephenson Harwood advises on Vitters yacht deal

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised a private client in the negotiation of a construction contract for a 44 metre Vitters sailing yacht.

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23 Sep 2021

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Reviewing a yacht building contract - a lender's perspective

Building a superyacht involves several technical and legal challenges not only for the buyer, but also for the lender providing the predelivery financing sought by the..

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22 Sep 2021

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Stephenson Harwood signs 'Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization'

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has signed the 'Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization', which urges governments to take action in order to implement the full dec..

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