Whether your interest in yachts or superyachts is personal or professional, get on board with us. We are passionate about yachts too, and speak the language of yachting.

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Yachts and superyachts are valuable assets, which are subject to changing laws and regulations. It is essential that you have someone to help who understands your goals, and protects your interests in every aspect of yachting.

  • Our lawyers specialise in yachts and superyachts
  • We have a global network of integrated offices
  • We are involved with numerous yachting associations
  • We are regularly invited to speak at industry events
  • We have been consulted in the development of key yachting legislation

Buying and selling, and financing a yacht is far from straightforward. We handle purchases and sales week-in week-out. We understand standard industry terms – and their drawbacks – and fully appreciate the risks faced by parties. Using practical, experience-based solutions, our lawyers are there to help you overcome obstacles as they arise.

We can help you with your yacht or superyacht construction. The process will involve repeated, large financial outlays with little to show in the short term, and require input from many different professionals. Managing risks and setting milestones are essential to a successful build and must be made clear in the build contract.

And in the unlikely event of an emergency situation developing, you’ll need a law firm able to act rapidly worldwide - whose expert lawyers know instinctively what to do and how to help.

Download our brochures to find out more about how we can help with acquisition, construction, finance, chartering, insurance, brokerage and much else besides.


Duncan Bateson (ranked individual) is "really an expert in his field," says a market insider, adding: "He is very experienced, proactive and a good listener." Another says: "He is exceptional: he has got all the skills of a top lawyer and has a very good manner about him. He isn't controversial, he has got a very good way about him." Clients comment that he is "extremely helpful and very effective," noting he "makes transactions run smoother."
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  • Ranked Tier 5 in Real Estate Litigation

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News & insights on Yachts & Superyachts

Insights / Bulletin 9: Covid-19 & Impact of the Environment on the Superyacht Industry

23-07-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts

The COVID-19 pandemic has evidenced the inextricable and delicate connection between the environment, our health and the economy. This is of paramount importance to the superyacht industry, as the enjoyment of clean seas and of unspoilt nature is the essence of the yachting experience.

Bulletin 9: Covid-19 & Impact of the Environment on the Superyacht Industry

Insights / Yacht & Superyacht Bulletins

30-06-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts

Our Yacht & Superyacht team have produced a number of informative bulletins providing updates within their sector following recent Covid-19 developments.

Yacht & Superyacht Bulletins

News / Bulletin 8: Crew welfare in times of pandemic

11-06-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts

As my colleagues have said in previous yacht bulletins, we are seeing the impact of the Covid-19 virus pandemic in all aspects of our lives. Seafarers / yacht crew have been, and continue to be, significantly affected, often feeling powerless and faced with months on board or in hotel rooms miles from home.

Bulletin 8: Crew welfare in times of pandemic

Insights / Bulletin 7 - When and how European countries are opening up to yachting

20-05-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts

This week, as countries start to ease restrictions and open ‘for business’, we take a look at what guidelines are in place in key European yachting centres. With information changing almost daily and each country approaching it differently it has not been easy to stay abreast!

Bulletin 7 - When and how European countries are opening up to yachting

News / Bulletin 6: Notaries

12-05-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts

In this week’s bulletin we look at the situation in various jurisdictions in relation to notary services.

Bulletin 6: Notaries

News / Bulletin 5: Yachting events in times of Covid 19, lock down and social distancing

06-05-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts

As the whole world has been hit by the Coronavirus, the disease and the resulting world-wide endeavours to keep the population safe and healthy through lockdowns, social distancing, travel bans and quarantines, the yachting world of yacht shows and yacht racing has not been spared. Both yacht shows and yacht racing primarily involves moving large pieces of equipment and a large number of people around the world to the respective venues and this is even before the event properly starts.

Bulletin 5: Yachting events in times of Covid 19, lock down and social distancing

News / Bulletin 4: Sale and Purchase of Superyachts

23-04-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts

In this latest briefing from the Ince Yachts & Superyachts team, we look at some of the obstacles to the sale and purchase of superyachts during the lockdown, and some potential legal solutions.

 Bulletin 4: Sale and Purchase of Superyachts

News / Bulletin 3: Covid-19 and Force Majeure

14-04-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have increasingly been asked by our clients to advise on whether the pandemic itself or events arising out of COVID-19 amount to force majeure events, excusing one or both parties from performing all or part of their obligations under a contract. In this bulletin, we will consider how force majeure events are defined and how this is relevant to the yacht industry in the context of COVID-19, with a particular focus on yacht-building contracts and yacht charters.

Bulletin 3: Covid-19 and Force Majeure

News / Bulletin 2: Covid-19 and its impact on crews

07-04-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts

The global Covid-19 pandemic has and will continue to have significant impact on yacht crews around the globe. This bulletin shall briefly address the challenges that crews and their employers face in these times and demonstrate an insight into the legal framework into which solutions must fit.

Bulletin 2: Covid-19 and its impact on crews

News / Bulletin 1: Yacht chartering & the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

01-04-2020 / Yachts & Superyachts

On 11 March the World Health Organisation declared the “global COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic”. Almost 754,948 cases have now been reported to WHO from 203 countries [1].

Bulletin 1: Yacht chartering & the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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