Commercial Shipping

We advise on the full range of shipping contracts including bareboat, time and voyage charterparties, contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, pooling agreements, newbuilding contracts, port and terminal contracts and sale and purchase.

Our expertise also includes shipbuilding contracts and leasing and other tax-driven arrangements. We are experienced in the sale and purchase of every type of commercial vessel from VLCCs to FPSOs and bulk carriers.

We have significant experience of negotiating joint venture arrangements between shipping companies and investors. We also advise on corporate structures, choice of flag, incorporation issues, tax (including tonnage tax), insurance matters and crewing.

We are also active in the superyacht market, and our clients include shipyards, owners, banks, brokers and insurers.

We are able to provide immediate, commercial and legal advice as to the effects of regulatory control and imposition of international sanctions and how this may impact on our clients' future and existing business.

For this reason we specialise in jurisdictional and enforcement issues, and have significant experience in this area.