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Commercial shipping

Our team advises on a wide range of international shipping transactions. These involve vessel and business acquisition, finance, and commercial cooperation arrangements.

We act for clients worldwide including ship-owners, ship yards, operators, charterers, brokers, logistics companies, investors, lenders, trustees, liquidators and government agencies.

We are recognised in Legal 500 as a band 2 leading law firm, where our "fast, efficient, and fair’ practice is recommended for its ‘good knowledge of the industry’ and its ability to ‘find consensual and amicable solutions to problems’.

Transactions we act on include the drafting and negotiation of new building contracts, sale and purchase agreements, vessel conversion contracts, long term time, voyage and slot charters. 

We also guide clients on operating and finance leases, commercial cooperation agreements such as joint ventures and pool agreements, ship management contracts and new building supervision agreements.

More generally, we advise on the acquisition of shipping businesses, incorporation and administration of offshore entities and UK agency companies, UK and EU competition issues and safety and security regulations. 

When accessing funding, we provide advice on acquisition finance for ships including ship mortgages, security assignments and guarantees, as well as share purchase agreements for company acquisitions.

Our team of commercially minded experts are committed to understanding the commercial objectives of the transaction and using our skills to achieve and protect our clients' interests.

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