Watson Farley & Williams

Shipping Department

UK-wide
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What the team is known for Adept at handling a range of shipping matters including charter parties, ship sale and purchase, and management agreements. Particular capability in ship loan and mortgage enforcements and in contentious insolvency issues. Clients benefit from its considerable international presence. Also handles matters relating to containers, terminals, ports, yachts and cruises.

Strengths One client says: "We trust their expertise. They have a great reputation and they function very well - you get a really cohesive feel."

Another comments: "They provide a good mix of sound, technical and commercial advice."

Market commentators note: "They are great in shipping finance."

Work highlights Advised Reliance Industries on the divestment and corporate restructuring of a partial stake in the holding companies of six Very Large Ethane Carriers to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and another investor.

Notable practitioners


Mike Phillips
advises ship owners and operators on a broad range of disputes. His expertise includes cargo claims and unpaid hire disputes, among other matters.


Robert Platt
is noted in the market for his expertise in shipbuilding matters. He regularly advises on a range of shipping contract and dispute resolution matters. He counts ship owners and shipyards among his clients.
"He is a very good negotiator, has a very nice manner and can always find a good outcome for us."

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 10 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

WFW advises Macquarie Bank on first of its kind shipping loan/lease securitisation for Fleetscape

Jim Bell, John Benson, Clemens C Hillmer, Lindsey Keeble, Dominic Pearson, Zara Hammersley, Jane Keith, CJ Chido, Elsa Savvatianou, Alex Clark

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Scope 3 emissions: how the freight industry will transition to net zero

Simon Petch, Michael Folsom

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Sea Cargo Charter: the next piece in the decarbonisation puzzle

Toby Royal, Marinos Papadopoulos

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