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UK Guide 2023
UK-wide Shipping
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7 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Stephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood is recognised as having one of the world’s leading shipping practices. With offices in key trading hubs we offer comprehensive, specialist shipping advice with a reputation for strength in depth and a strong commercial focus.

Stephenson Harwood’s lawyers are market leading and uniquely specialist in ship finance, marine insurance, maritime litigation and arbitration, corporate and tax services. Whether you’re a major ship finance bank, the world’s largest shipping or offshore company, marine insurer, IG P&I club or the world’s leading shipyard, our team has the specialist experience to understand your business needs and the capacity to deliver the service you require.

From our offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Piraeus, Singapore and Seoul, we routinely act in high-profile disputes involving complex legal and commercial problems throughout the world. With our long track record of representing best in class maritime companies all over the world, you can be sure of the highest quality of service every time.

Chambers Review

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What the team is known for

Stephenson Harwood has a highly thought of shipping practice that works across the full breadth of shipping matters. The firm has a particular focus on shipbuilding and charter party disputes. In addition, the team is noted for its experience in the offshore sector as well as its ship finance expertise. The team also handles FPSO disputes and casualty matters.

Work Highlights

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  • Stephenson Harwood advised Hoegh Autoliners on the order of a series of zero carbon Aurora class PCTC vessels.

Notable Practitioners

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Stuart Beadnall
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Stuart Beadnall
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Stuart Beadnall is widely regarded for his expertise in shipbuilding. He is additionally noted for his offshore oil and gas and LNG practice, with particular expertise in FPSO matters. Beadnall has experience in numerous international markets, including Korea and Norway.

Alex Davis
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Alex Davis
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Alex Davis leads the firm's marine and international trade practice. He specialises in marine insurance matters, advising on a range of insurance matters including complex cargo claims.

"Alex is commercial, tenacious and strategic in his approach."

"He is very practical, sensible and bright."

Nicholas Barber
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Nicholas Barber
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Band 5

Nicholas Barber is head of the casualty response group at the firm. He is noted for his experience in casualty matters, and he frequently advises owners, insurers and P&I clubs. Barber also offers expertise in contractual disputes.

"Nick is a real joy to work with. He is really well prepared, sensible, user-friendly and works well as part of a team."

"He has a fantastic practice and has very good contacts, plus he has sound judgement on key issues as well."

Sean Gibbons
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Sean Gibbons
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Sean Gibbons frequently handles contractual shipping disputes and also acts for yacht brokerages. He has notable strength in shipbuilding matters and has a client base that spans ship owners, shipyards and banks.

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Joseph O'Keeffe
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Band 5

Joseph O'Keeffe is well recognised for his specialism in marine insurance matters and regularly acts for insurers.

"He is a very experienced and bright lawyer."

Cristan Evans
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Cristan Evans
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Cristan Evans is experienced in advising clients on bills of lading and charter party disputes. He acts for a range of clients including charterers and ship owners.

Max Lemanski
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Max Lemanski
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Max Lemanski has considerable experience in FPSO matters. He counts offshore contractors, ship owners and P&I clubs among his clients.

"Max always looks to get something to work well for everyone."

"He is very commercial, knows our assets and anticipates the needs we will have."

"Max Lemanski is someone whom we think highly of. He is a smart, savvy and smooth operator."

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Stuart Beadnall
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Stuart Beadnall
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Band 2
Alex Davis
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Alex Davis
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Band 4
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Joseph O'Keeffe
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Band 5
Max Lemanski
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Max Lemanski
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Band 5
Nicholas Barber
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Nicholas Barber
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Band 5
Sean Gibbons
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Sean Gibbons
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Band 5
Cristan Evans
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Cristan Evans
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Band 6

Members

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Alex Davis

Head of Department

Cristan Evans

Haris Zografakis

Simon Moore

Tom Adams