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Shipping dispute resolution

Shipping is an industry where disputes arise every day of the year. Our lawyers have a deep understanding of the sector and can help you with all your disputes, queries and concerns anywhere in the world.

Through our network of international offices, we can provide you with prompt and cost-effective advice wherever your dispute arises - and as soon as it arises.

Whether your dispute arises under a time, voyage or bareboat charter, a bill of lading or contract of affreightment, a shipbuilding contract or MOA, or is due to a collision where there is no contract involved at all, our lawyers can assist. We regularly advise on all and anything ship related, including hire/freight (non) payments, termination and frustration, unsafe ports, demurrage, engine breakdowns, dangerous cargoes and refrigerated cargoes. The list is endless but if it relates to something maritime then we can help you.  

We give commercial and practical advice early so you know where you stand. Many disputes can be settled in an amicable way before formal proceedings are needed. However, if proceedings are needed, our lawyers are experienced in litigating in courts and arbitration forums all over the world, including LMAA, LCIA, ICC, GAFTA and FOSFA. 

We can also advise in relation to alternative dispute resolution (e.g. mediation and early intervention). This can represent a cost effective way of resolving a dispute in appropriate cases.

If you have a claim, you may need security for it. We have extensive expertise in arresting and attaching ships and other assets in jurisdictions around the world.

Once you get a judgment or arbitration award, we can help to enforce it so that your claim gets paid.

For more information and to discuss your requirements contact Paul Herring (Piraeus), Max Cross (Hong Kong) or Will Marshall (London).

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