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Reed Smith LLP

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What the team is known for

Reed Smith has a well-regarded shipping practice with significant experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters. It has strong UK and Asia teams based in global shipping hubs as well as a notable presence in Greece. The firm offers:
• Familiarity acting for an impressive list of clients, ranging from owners and operators to P&I clubs and financial institutions.
• Expertise handling high-value multi-jurisdictional disputes, including contract breaches and casualty claims.
• Additional strength advising on finance work, acting for several leading global banks as well as alternative credit providers.

Strengths

Commentators view the firm as "very knowledgeable within the traditional shipping transactional market," stating that this "allows them to take a more pragmatic and practical approach to implementing transactions in an effective way."

Fellow practitioners remark on Reed Smith's "very strong global team."

Notable practitioners

Transportation co-chair Andrew Taylor is "well known and well thought of" by fellow practitioners, who declare him to be "a good opponent; very hands-on." He has wide-ranging expertise in shipping litigation and arbitration, with a long history of representing P&I clubs in highly contentious casualty and total loss claims, as well as other matters. Interviewees note that "he brings in a lot of work" for his firm. He is based in London.

London-based Charlie Weller is a very well-respected disputes practitioner with considerable international experience. Sources consider him "very high profile in the casualty market" and "a standout name in dry shipping," adding that he is in very high demand among leading industry players. His further disputes experience covers matters as diverse as charter party cases and matters relating to piracy.

Li Lianjun is based in Hong Kong, where he plays a lead role on many of the firm's most significant shipping disputes. He is known to be "a very popular choice with Chinese clients," with interviewees highlighting his "practical and helpful" advice and "strong commercial mind."

Based in London, Rob Wilkins co-chairs the global transportation team. He is an experienced ship finance practitioner who receives especially strong reviews for his work representing alternative lenders such as investment funds and private equity houses. Interviewees regard him as "an excellent lawyer" who is "good to work across from."

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Global Market Leaders

Shipping: Finance


Rob Wilkins
Band 3

Shipping: Litigation


Andrew D Taylor
Band 1
Charles Weller
Band 1
Lianjun Li
Band 3