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  • Duncan  Bateson

    Duncan Bateson
    Partner, London

    Yachts and superyachts, Maritime, Commercial, Dispute resolution

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010

Duncan is a marine lawyer experienced in advising on superyachts and commercial shipping, with a particular focus on sale and purchase, finance and related dispute resolution.

Duncan undertakes superyacht and commercial shipping work advising private and commercial owners, banks and others on the full range of work, including sale and purchase, finance, new-buildings, charters, insurance, registration, management and joint ventures with related dispute resolution. 

He has advised on superyacht issues for over 20 years. He works closely with many of the big brokerage houses in Monaco, London and the US, as well as independent brokers on the sale and purchase, and the construction of yachts. He also acts for banks and was instrumental in one of the firm’s marine finance panel appointments. He acted on the construction of a 160m+ superyacht in Germany, then the largest in the world.

His maritime career started with commercial shipping dispute resolution in the late 1980s, from which he established his then firm’s transactional shipping practice, particularly for Russian and Gulf owners, and later Greek shipping families.

Highlight Matters

>  Assisted owner of 50m Heesen motor yacht with the refinancing by a French/Swiss private bank finance. 

> Assisting an EU client with the purchase of a Racing Yacht on board a transporter mid-Atlantic.

> Successfully representing a US owner of an 80m motor yacht built in Northern Europe in a warranty claim in London Arbitration.

>  Advising a Middle Eastern client on the purchase and then ‘back to back’ resale of a motor yacht.

> Representing an mortgagee international bank in a default claim and arrest in the UK of a Mangusta associated with an UHNW fighting extradition.

Legal Directory Quotes

“One market insider notes that Bateson "knows his stuff in yachting," adding: "He is a deal maker, not a deal breaker. He finds the way to make it happen, as difficult as it may be. He is very good with clients” Chambers & Partners, High Net Worth – Global Guide 
“Noted for superyachts and commercial shipping mandates” (tier 1) LEGAL 500 


“It’s a privilege to be trusted by private clients, and their brokers, to protect their interests and ensure a smooth sale and successful delivery in sometimes difficult circumstances. I’ve even been brought in by the brokers to resolve an impasse the parties’ own lawyers could not bridge”

  Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales.
  • Middle Temple, Inns of Court
  • Institute of Directors
  • London Maritime Arbitrators Association

What you may not know about Duncan

Duncan loves to spend time in, under and on the water when holidaying at his place on the Mar Menor Lagoon in the region of Murcia, whether diving, windsurfing or under sail.

Yachts and superyachts, Maritime, Commercial, Dispute resolution


Global Guide, Legal 500

Education (University):
University of Kent