The work carried out by Reed Smith’s Shipping Group covers all areas of maritime law. Its lawyers are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, meaning that as a whole the Group has a comprehensive understanding of the important concerns of all aspects of the shipping industry.

On the dry shipping side, the Group works on disputes being heard in both arbitration and in the High Court. Many of these disputes are multi-jurisdictional, an area in which the Group has extensive experience. The Group’s dry shipping caseload includes disputes relating to charterparties, cargo claims, shipbuilding, freight futures and derivatives, conversions and repairs, and ship sale and purchase. Advice is also provided on the drafting of standard form or specialized contracts.

The Group also advises on “wet” shipping issues, including collisions and other major casualties, salvage, wreck removal and pollution and associated insurance and General Average implications. The close collaboration between the Group’s dry and wet practices mean that it is well-placed to deal with any and all issues which may arise in the course of a particular matter.

Other practice areas include all aspects of offshore work, and ports and terminals work where clients are assisted at each stage of port or terminal development, and throughout the period of operation.

The Group incorporates a Ship Finance department, which advises on all aspects of the acquisition, disposal, financing and operation of ships, superyachts and offshore equipment.

Clients of the Group are drawn from all areas of the shipping industry, and include owners, charterers, ports, terminals, shipyards, P&I clubs, defence and war risk clubs, hull and cargo underwriters, brokers, salvors, trade associations, transport intermediaries, banks and trading companies.

The Shipping Group will provide advice to clients to whatever breadth and depth they require, to their timescale, on the issues that are most important to them. The Group’s lawyers are experienced in advising on the most current issues of concern to the shipping industry and will provide advice to meet the individual needs of each client as and when such advice is required.

Practice Areas

  • Casualty and Admiralty
  • Dry Shipping
  • Corporate and Commercial Shipping
  • Offshore
  • Regulatory Shipping
  • Ship Finance
  • Superyachts
  • Shipbuilding and Ship Sale and Purchase




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