Philip Roche

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 2609
United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 2609
Philip Roche

Philip Roche


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Philip is a disputes and legal risk management lawyer based in London. He is also global co-head of the shipping group. He has wide experience of the shipping and offshore energy sectors together with marine insurance and general commercial disputes and has taken matters to the English High Court, international and domestic arbitrations and mediation. Philip has represented ship owners during investigations by coast guard, police and accident investigation authorities and has represented clients at Coroner's Inquests.

Philip advises ship owners and operators, banks, insurers and energy companies on the legal, commercial and environmental risks of owning, and operating ships, including pollution risks, and undertakes non-contentious contractual work such as long term charterparties, shipbuilding contracts and MoAs. He has advised extensively on legal risk management for LNG tank ship owners and financiers and for marine risks of floating offshore production and storage. Philip has been worked on shipping insolvencies for administrators and liquidators and in disputes relating to debt and the financing of assets.

Philip is also involved in the practice's climate change practice and is involved in advising on possible forthcoming regulations for the regulation of emissions from ships.

Philip previously served for 11 years in the Royal Navy as a deck officer and although now based in London, Philip practised shipping law for four years in Piraeus. He became a partner in 2006. He is visiting lecturer at the City of London Cass Business School in marine insurance and is a member of the Baltic Exchange and a supporting member of the LMAA.

Legal 500 UK 2013 describe Philip as ‘very accessible and responsive, and delivers pragmatic advice’.

Professional experience

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  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales


Future of transport

Publication | February 04, 2021

Impact of Brexit on Transport

Publication | January 19, 2021

Global: Preliminary trends in arbitration in the shipping sector amid COVID-19

Publication | July 20, 2020

The Collision Regulations and Autonomous Shipping

Publication | July 13, 2020