Shipping - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 26 associates
- Office locations ranked: London
What the team is known for Strong and deep team renowned as a serious contender for high-end matters. Involved in an array of contentious and transactional work, and frequently advises banks and insurance companies.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "The team's knowledge is very impressive and reassuring."
Market standing: "The marine team has a consistent high quality and is, in terms of quality if not in size, at least the equivalent of other more high-profile competitors."
What's new? New client wins for the practice include Chevron and Nanjing Iron & Steel.
Work highlights Advised HSH Nordbank on a syndicated loan facility in connection with eight tanker vessels, and an associated Chapter 11 restructuring.
Acted for insurer Groupama on a USD44 million claim for losses following main engine damage to the 'Navios Apollon'.
Paolo Ghirardani chairs the firm's marine and international trade group, and is described as "a big name" for his contractual and dry shipping work, including trade fraud matters. He had a lead role acting for Latmar Holdings on alleged fraud claims totalling USD160 million.
Stuart Beadnall has considerable industry experience as former in-house counsel in the energy and shipping sectors. He is frequently selected to advise shipbuilders on multimillion-dollar disputes, among other issues. Sources describe him as "imperturbable – Stuart can multi-task without the quality of his work being diminished. He is excellent."
Ingolf Kaiser had a lead role on the HSH Nordbank Chapter 11 restructuring matter. Sources note his reputation as a bright individual with an "excellent brain" in the shipping and trading contexts.
Alex Davis has a practice encompassing the insurance aspects of shipping and energy matters. He led for Groupama on defending a USD44 million damages claim. "He is not only a good lawyer but he also has a very good way with clients; he is a no-nonsense achiever."
Sean Gibbons wins plaudits as "a personable team player with an acute commercial perspective" in his shipping and offshore practice. His broad experience includes advising on cargo claims and alleged shipping fraud. He recently advised a shipowner on a shipbuilding dispute.
Mike Phillips's clients includes shipowners and shipyards. He recently assisted a bank on a significant restructuring of two facilities in connection with the financing of five vessels. Sources praise his depth of knowledge and his timely work ethic.
Michael Kim recently joined the firm from DLA Piper. Sources agree he is "very dynamic," and a highly diligent solicitor to have on-side. His highlights include advising Eukor Car Carriers as charterers of a ship attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
Significant clients Vitol, RSA, Nordis, RBS, Petrobras.