Our marine team has gained recognition by direct involvement in high profile national and international marine matters. The team comprises lawyers and industry consultants and advises commercial operators and their insurers on contentious and non contentious matters. The team has strength in depth and breadth. Sector focused expertise, geographical reach from offices throughout the UK and an international network of experts and business partners enables us to respond to our marine clients' particular needs quickly and efficiently.
Our understanding of the marine industry goes beyond interpretation of legal conventions, rules and regulations and extends to practical and operational expertise emanating from years of working in partnership with marine industry leaders.
Risk management, risk avoidance and brand protection are at the heart of our offering. Our specialist team offers practical, commercial and strategic solutions to the issues which affect your marine business.
All members of the team are available on a 24/7 basis via our designated emergency response contact number +44 (0)345 070 1412.
Our team of specialists advises ship operator and insurer clients (P&I, Hull and Machinery) on a range of liability issues in the areas of carriage of goods, time and voyage charterparties, cargo sale and supply contracts, and port and terminals liability, dealing in both defence and recovery matters. Our involvement ranges from routine laytime and demurrage disputes to financial disputes under charterparties and more complex matters involving cargo condition and specification. We deal with that which touches the water.
We have a wealth of experience in disputes involving loading/discharging operations, cargo shortage, contamination and loss, collisions, groundings. We act in all relevant forums including LMAA, LCIA, ICC , in the English courts and in mediation.
Our Glasgow office specialises in personal injury and fatal accident claims, industrial disease work, as well as regulatory matters, acting for owners, shipyards, marine insurers and operators involved in Scotland's offshore sector
Key corporate clients include:
- BAE systems
- Bibby Line Group
- Peel Ports
Key insurer clients include:
- International Group P&I Clubs
Added value services
Guidance on strategic challenges and industry developments is a fundamental part of our role as legal advisers. Insight means knowing what's keeping you awake at night today, and what will be doing so in six months time. The test for us, and where you get real value, is our translating these into opportunities for future development.
Helping your people become more effective is the best way of giving you better value. It's a given most law firms will offer you a training package - in this respect, we are no different - but here the similarities end. It isn't about rolling out an off the shelf package; it's about harnessing our intelligence. Giving you access to our knowledge - increasing the capability of your teams, strengthening your business and minimising risk is our goal. Where we make a real difference is by spotting training opportunities through our ongoing relationship.
In challenging economic times, where budgets are under scrutiny and boards are under pressure to reduce legal spend, the biggest difference we can make to our clients is by saving them money by doing the best job possible and advising you of when and how our services are best applied.
By identifying avoidable litigation we can create a win-win situation for all parties. Our "costs clock" is not always running. Even a major potential dispute can be solved or at least progressed with a (free) 5 minute phone call.
We are able to offer our clients London marine expertise without London rates.
We recognise the importance and certainty of proportionality to the case and the amount at stake.
We can work to alternative fee structures including fixed, capped and contingency fees by way of sharing in the risk and reward of youe venture. For example, fixed fee arrangements could be more amendable for casualty / accident investigation attendance.
For other types of work or more complex cases, we are happy to agree fixed fees either in agreed stages or for the entire case. We can also agree staged payments up to certain stages (for example, up to close of pleadings, disclosure, and witness evidence). For recovery claims we are happy to work to damages based agreements.