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Marine casualty and admiralty


We are one of the few global legal practices able to provide all the services needed by all sectors of the shipping industry including shipowners, operators and managers, hull, cargo and liability insurers, oil majors and offshore contracting comanies. Shipping has been at the core of our 200-year history. We are one of the world’s leading transport practices and have global reach.

“[the team] are very responsive, give good advice and are knowledgeable. As a group, they are very technically sound.” Chambers UK, 2015

As part of the global marine casualty and admiralty group, we operate across Europe, Asia, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, Africa and the Middle East, delivering expert advice on a range of casualties, drawing on the experience of our in-house mariners.

Renowned for our experience in the passenger and cruise ship market, our knowledge of marine crisis management also extends to ferries, containerships, tankers and dry cargo ships, where we have been lead advisers in numerous casualties. In the offshore energy sector, we have long experience of casualties and investigations, as well as disaster management and response.

Marine casualty emergency response

Europe +44 20 7283 6000
Asia Pacific, including Australia +61 7 3414 2276
Africa +27 31 582 5630

We deliver

  • Industry understanding; members of the team have OPITO certificates, allowing them to travel safely to rigs and offshore installations to conduct interviews and investigations.
  • Familiarity with the risks of operating ships, and in particular the environmental risks of oil and other types of pollution.
  • Extensive knowledge of regulatory regimes around the world.

Our areas of work include

  • arrest of ships/exercising liens
  • damage to rigs
  • emergency response plans
  • environmental damage
  • investigations by national authorities
  • loss of life and personal injury
  • offshore structures and terminals
  • pollution
  • regulatory matters
  • risk management
  • routine drills
  • salvage/towage/wreck removal
  • total or partial loss (through collision, explosion or fire, grounding or stranding).