Reed Smith LLP

Shipping Department

South Korea
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What the team is known for Korea-facing team based mainly in London, gaining increasing prominence in the region thanks to its strong litigation and international arbitration capabilities. Handles a variety of claims in both dry and wet shipping, including charter party disputes, non-delivery claims and collisions. Trusted by Korean shipbuilding companies and P&I clubs on various onshore and offshore shipping construction issues.

Strengths An appreciative source explains that the firm is "capable of providing the highest level of English legal advice in the field of international shipping matters" and "provides exceptional service in maritime law."

"Their service is very client-oriented," reports an interviewee, adding: "Based on their comprehensive understanding of our business model, they have been great at providing solutions from a corporate perspective."

Work highlights Acted for THE Alliance, a group of ocean carriers, on regulatory and EU competition compliance matters.

Notable practitioners

One source singles out maritime litigator
Alex Andrews
for his "strong reputation in the market" and "experience in dealing with complex and high-value disputes." An impressed client adds: "His advice is academically very strong and really gets to the bottom of the legal issues, but at the same time considers the client’s strategy and practical needs."