Bargate Murray

London Office

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Senior Partner: Quentin Bargate
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 8 — 6 qualified, 2 trainees
Languages: English, French (conversational), German (conversational), Russian

Firm Overview:
Bargate Murray is one of the world’s leading specialist luxury asset law firms with specific expertise in legal matters relating to superyachts, private jets and residential property.

The firm’s yachting expertise covers all aspects of construction, ownership, sale and purchase, financing, operation, crewing, insurance and taxation of superyachts and demand for the firm’s niche skill set continues to grow.

Bargate Murray also boast a thriving aviation practice where they handle a diverse range of matters including the sale and purchase and financing of private jets.

The firm also has a well regarded dispute resolution department, undertaking international litigation, arbitration and mediation in relation to issues as diverse as the ownership of oil concessions in Yemen through to partnership disputes, London maritime arbitrations and general business to business disputes.

The firm also handles a wide range of non-contentious commercial work for business large and small and have some niche expertise acting for companies in the electronic ticketing industry.

Practice Areas:
Banking & Finance
Dispute Resolution (including Litigation & Arbitration)

Main Areas of Practice:
Because of the premium placed by its clients on confidentiality Bargate Murray does not generally comment on specific deals or disputes.

However, the firm has significant experience in the following areas of practice:

Yacht Construction:
Advising UHNW individuals in respect of the build of some of the most ground-breaking superyachts to date. The value of these projects has ranged from in excess of €200m through to smaller projects. The firm’s work covers the fields of project management, banking/finance, dispute resolution, insurance and tax.

Yacht Sale & Purchase:
Bargate Murray is involved in a steady stream of S&P work and regularly advises both buyers and sellers of superyachts, predominantly on the well known Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association sales form. The firm handles deals of all shapes and sizes from smaller sport yachts, tenders and support vessels through to yachts exceeding 100 metres in length.

Yacht Regulation:
Bargate Murray advised a number of clients on the implications of the Maritime Labour Convention which came into effect in 2013. These clients included the owner of the first Cayman Islands flagged yacht to pass its MLC audit and receive an MLC ‘letter of compliance’ from this prestigious registry. The firm is adept at handling a whole range of regulatory issues.

Yacht Finance:
The yacht finance practice has seen Bargate Murray advise on several new financings, including collateralised loan agreements involving large yachts and a private jets. The combined value of the last two deals handled by the firm was approximately €130m.

With regard to tax, Bargate Murray (working where necessary with colleagues) provide cutting edge advice in the field of EU customs and VAT regulation. The firm regularly advises on the importation and use of yachts (and other luxury assets) within the EU and other areas of the world.

Bargate Murray advise of a wide range of aviation matters, including sale and purchase, finance and operations — the firm has recently advised the owner of a large private jet in respect of a finance transaction worth a total of approximately USD$90m.

Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s dispute resolution practice is comprehensive and covers litigation and arbitration with a focus on maritime arbitration both under LMAA terms and ad hoc references. The firm has particular expertise in yacht building disputes having advised the buyer of a large yacht in a long running construction dispute worth approximately €40m. The firm’s founder and CEO, Quentin Bargate, is regularly appointed as an Arbitrator in maritime disputes under LMAA terms.

Bargate Murray also provide general commercial advice to businesses. The team work with clients including large and small tech companies, foreign government bodies and companies operating in the ultra luxury travel space.

Key Clients:
The firm’s key clients include a number of UHNW individuals, yacht mangers, SME’s, corporate service providers, trust and fiduciary companies and other law firms, who turn to Bargate Murray where specialist assistance is needed. The firm’s work in relation to the construction and delivery of the award winning 96 metre motor yacht ‘Palladium’ (which is a matter of public record) offers a snapshot of the firm’s deep expertise in this area.

Quentin Bargate
Email: [email protected], [email protected]