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Brodies LLP

Shipping

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What the team is known for

Esteemed practice representing Scottish and international clients in a broad range of shipping matters, including both contentious and non-contentious work. Areas of expertise include loss of life and injury claims as well as ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding matters. Regularly handles work for P&I clubs, insurers and operators. Represents clients in construction and development financing matters relating to vessels. Strong presence in the offshore oil industry.

Strengths

One client reports: "They are very professional and knowledgeable about the marine industry."

Another says: "They are exceptionally professional, responsive, courteous, knowledgeable and proactive," adding: "They have an elite mix of legal and commercial nous."

"They have a pragmatic-based approach to advising in-house clients and they know the drivers that matter to the relevant decision makers internally," notes one interviewee.

Work highlights

Advised Clydesdale Bank on the funding of the construction of two multimillion-pound new large fishing vessels overseas.

Notable practitioners

Duncan MacLean is pre-eminent in the shipping market. He leads the shipping and transport team at the firm and has an impressive clientele of international P&I clubs. He also handles significant transactional work.
"He is Mr Shipping, a real specialist and so good." "He is excellent, brilliant - his responses are immediate and the advice he gives always resolves what we need." "He is extremely proficient, professional, knowledgeable and personable."

Malcolm Mackay handles a wide range of issues in the fishing industry, primarily acting for owners and insurers. He is additionally adept at advising P&I clubs and oil and gas clients.
"He has an excellent grasp of the many intricate regulations in the area of offshore health and safety but also has an in-depth knowledge of the more technical matters." "He was quick to get to grips with the facts of the case and to provide sensible, commercial advice to get the matter resolved."

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Overview

Our experience and specialist legal, industry and local knowledge allow us to provide informed advice to this economically vital area of our economy. This gives clients the confidence to engage us for every type of project, incident or dispute in this sector.

We understand the industry and clients' objectives and ambitions and recognise the issues that can arise. We handle admiralty claims, emergency response, shipbuilding, charterparties, logistics, fatal personal injury and disease claims, marine insurance, regulatory investigations, fatal accident inquiries and defence. We also advise on every stage of a vessel or project's lifecycle, from finance, construction, sale or purchase to chartering, and the myriad of operational issues and challenges that arise for all parties in the maritime environment.

Identification and management of risk is central to our advice, based on considered, analytical thought as well as a very practical focus on mitigating risk and resolving disputes. We draw on expertise of a multi-disciplinary team.

We act on behalf of a national and international client base with business operating in, from or to Scotland - working with owners, charterers, P&I clubs, banks, underwriters and port authorities to name but a few. We act for clients operating in the merchant, ferries, yachts, ports, logistics, offshore and renewable energy sectors.



Shipping Department

Brodies LLP

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15 Atholl Crescent

Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh

UK

EH3 8HA

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Shipping


Duncan MacLean
Star Individuals
Malcolm Mackay
Band 3