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Shipping: International

4 ranked lawyersBand 3SingaporeAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Offers expertise in a wide range of wet and dry maritime disputes. Well placed to provide expertise on vessel collisions, casualties, and cargo and charter party matters and issues pertaining to the offshore space. Frequently acts for leading clients including ship owners, P&I clubs and marine underwriters. Regularly active on ship finance mandates, advising both lenders and shipping companies.

Strengths

Clients say: "We have worked on transactions where local knowledge in the region has been important and this has always been very helpful."

Another client adds: "They are a specialist firm in the maritime sector and are very capable, knowledgeable and experienced."

Work highlights

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

Chris Metcalf is a distinguished authority in the Singapore shipping market and is highly respected for his work on dry litigation and arbitration matters as well as insurance disputes. One client says: "He is a truly professional lawyer who has deep experience in shipping disputes. He offered remarkable support to us in this dispute and, furthermore, he is also a friendly and enthusiastic person."

John Forrester is admired for his adept handling of ship finance matters and is particularly experienced in export credit supported financings. One client reports: "He is always hands-on, provides high-quality work and has valuable commercial knowledge in the sector."

Siri Wennevik is very well established in the Singapore market, particularly in the field of ship financing transactions. She acts for a range of lessees, lessors, banks and owners on ship finance mandates and is best known for her work advising Scandinavian clients.

Toby Stephens garners praise for his expertise in wet shipping disputes, with clients remarking that "he knows his subject matter very well." He is head of the firm's Asia-Pacific admiralty and crisis management group and regularly acts for owners, charterers and insurers.

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Singapore

Shipping: International: Finance


John Forrester
Band 3
Siri Wennevik
Band 3

Shipping: International: Litigation


Chris Metcalf
Band 2
Toby Stephens
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