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Ship building and repair

At Weightmans, our team has a wealth of experience negotiating and drafting commercial agreements for marine projects.

From the design and build of new vessels, to major refit and refurbishment projects, project manager contracts and related contractual documentation (see ship sale and purchase) our lawyers work proactively to fully protect our clients' interests.

Of course where any disputes do arise, we provide clear, effective and most importantly commercial advice on contract interpretation and tactical considerations, as well as defending or prosecuting claims in court, arbitration or mediation. Helping to reduce any negative impact on your business.

Familiar with drafting bespoke contracts, as well as the modification of standard forms (e.g. Repaircon, Newbuildcon, AWES, SAJ and Norwegian Forms) and commercial agreements covering yacht and super yacht build and repair, our understanding of this sector ensures we never lose sight of your objectives.

We can help you effectively negotiate commercial issues such as:

  • Balancing of payment tranches
  • Delivery timescale
  • Refund guarantees
  • Supervision rights 
  • Workmanship guarantees
  • Design modification right
  • Maker/subcontractor approval
  • Cancellation rights
  • Entitlement to liquidated damages
  • Place of trials/delivery
  • Force majeure issues
  • Effective dispute resolution/adjudication procedures

And as such projects often involve marine finance, we can also assist you with the drafting and negotiation of related facility documentation, marine mortgages, and deeds of covenant.

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