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Shipping

Band 2Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Superb shipping disputes practice with outstanding capabilities across China, Singapore and Australia, alongside a notable offering within the South Korean market. Particularly astute in handling casualty response across its offices, as well as charter party, bill of lading, environmental and offshore vessel disputes. Frequently instructed by leading maritime clients, including ship owners and P&I clubs, on insurance claims. Well placed to assist with major shipping incidents involving cargo damage, marine casualties and personal injury claims.

Strengths

Clients say: "We have worked on transactions where local knowledge in the region has been important, and this has always been very helpful. They have a good team that acknowledge our needs and deliver thereafter. They are also someone we can call to just discuss issues, which is valuable."

Another client adds: "They are a specialist firm in the maritime sector and are very capable, knowledgeable and experienced. They are well resourced with properly specialised and experienced practitioners."

One client finds the team to be "very responsive" and praises its ability to "come up with creative solutions."

The group is singled out by another client, who notes: "They are more willing to respect the will of clients, listen to different views and adopt reasonable suggestions in time."

Work highlights

Acted for d'Amico Tankers in the sale and leaseback of 'Cielo di Houston', an LR1 product tanker vessel. The transaction took the form of a Japanese operating lease with call option (JOLCO).

Assisted Fat Kee Stevedores in the investigations and disputes relating to the loss of over 20 cargoes stored in a warehouse due to a fire incident.

Represented KC Maritime in seeking an emergency application to the English High Court for an anti-suit injunction to compel the seller to honour the arbitration awarded to KC Maritime following an LMMA arbitration in 2017.

Notable practitioners

Key points of contact for the firm are Gavin Vallely in Melbourne, Christopher Chan in Hong Kong and Chris Metcalf in Singapore.

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