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Marine law

Marine law covers a vast range of issues with one thing in common – their potential to impact on the commercial performance of the organisations involved. With so many different areas of concern, experienced legal advice based on a thorough understanding of the shipping industry and its associated activities is an essential requirement.

Weightmans' Marine Law team is truly expert in this field, having a lengthy association with maritime affairs. Whatever category of business you represent, with Weightmans you will benefit from the highest level of expertise, founded on sound technical understanding of the issues and informed by clear understanding of the commercial implications.

Our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of freight and shipping law, with offices throughout the UK and an international network of agents we are in the best position to provide a 'hands-on' approach to our cases.

We offer contentious and non-contentious expertise for marine insurers, underwriters, port authorities, charterers, ship-yards, shipping lines, freight-forwarders, P&I Clubs and traders. We deal with all maritime concerns including hull, protection and indemnity, personal injury, charter-parties, carriage-agreements, demurrage, freight, cargo and goods-in-transit claims. Weightmans are experts in handling the complexities of law in both routine and non-routine circumstances.

Our Marine team is contactable 24/7 for urgent advice and assistance following any maritime incident.

They have a very broad knowledge of all issues relating to Port Authority and vessel operations, as well as stevedoring issues.


Their particular strength is in contracts for carriage and bills of lading matters.

Chambers & Partners 2016

Weightmans LLP's team has 'strong business acumen and industry knowledge'. Department head Phil James has 'excellent working knowledge of legislation'.


Weightmans LLP handles contentious and non-contentious marine, logistics and transport matters, and acts for names such as Peel Ports Group, Bibby Line Group, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, British Marine, AIG, and Champion Tankers.

Legal 500 2015

Phil James
"Our team is truly expert in this field, having a lengthy association with maritime affairs"
Phil James

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