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As the largest dedicated maritime legal practice in the world, we can steer your business through every aspect of this global industry.

Responding to the cyclical nature of the global maritime sector requires a deep understanding of trade patterns and investment priorities. For over 40 years, our long-established and highly regarded team has helped clients confidently address the ups and downs of the shipping industry. As an industry leader (ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners for shipping in 11 jurisdictions including Asia-wide and Global), we continue to lead some of the most complex, cross border and high value maritime matters in the world.

We provide a full range of legal services to the maritime industry, advising our clients on finance, corporate matters, tax, regulatory affairs, employment issues, restructuring and dispute resolution. Areas of special expertise include maritime infrastructure, commercial shipping, container shipping and logistics, cruise, commercial contracts, disputes and regulatory, loan portfolios and restructuring.

Our unrivalled understanding of the shipping industry, and reputation for international financial expertise and commercial approach, attract clients from across the sector, including major shipowners, charterers, ship managers, P&I and FD&D insurers, investors, banks and other financiers with substantial shipping portfolios. With all our clients, we aim to build long-standing relationships and provide pragmatic, definitive advice.

The Sustainability Imperative – Part 2

Following the successful launch in February 2021 of our award-winning in-depth report ‘The Sustainability Imperative’, now more than ever we are seeing how the maritime sector is exposed to the impact of global mega-trends such as climate change and the rise in international trade tensions.

Exploring how those within the industry – owners, charterers, financiers and investors – grapple with the current and anticipated environmental, social and corporate governance challenges, and what they mean for the industry, forms the basis of our follow-up report launching on 23 March 2023.

The opinions of over 500 industry participants have once again been surveyed and we are excited to share these insights with you in our upcoming and highly anticipated report The Sustainability Imperative – Part 2.

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The Sustainability Imperative

Sustainability concerns have rocketed up the shipping agenda over the past decade, with environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues already influencing financing decisions, fleet renewal and regulatory change across the industry.

Drawing on a series of in-depth interviews and a global survey of 545 senior industry leaders, our report “The Sustainability Imperative” examines the shipping world’s views on sustainability and governance and what actions it is taking as result. It also asks how these issues might affect the way the shipping sector finances itself and even the very structure of the industry.

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    Commercial Disputes Weekly – Issue 149

    In this issue of Commercial Disputes Weekly, we cover the Supreme Court’s decision that Tate Modern’s viewing gallery is a nuisance, together with judgments on apparent arbitrator bias, exercise of a finance lessee’s option to take ownership in a sanctions context and interpretation of a commonly used jurisdiction clause.

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    Commercial Disputes Weekly – Issue 148

    This issue of Commercial Disputes Weekly contains some valuable lessons on ensuring that you consider carefully what you are agreeing to as well as making sure finalise the contracting process. We also consider a decision on the interpretation of section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and when a party should be allowed to defend the claim against them.

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