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Eversheds Sutherland international shipping and trade disputes

Around 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry. Shipping is key to supply chains and sales relationships in numerous sectors, including energy, diversified industrials, transport and retail/consumer. Being able to manage cost and risk in an industry which is susceptible to events outside the control of contract parties (such as perils of the sea) is of paramount importance. For example, shipping and maritime matters are critical to the successful planning and execution of global energy projects as well as commodity-based transactions, whether involving bulk cargoes, crude oil, finished or intermediate petroleum liquids or liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Experienced international shipping and trade disputes laywers

At Eversheds Sutherland, our international shipping and trade disputes lawyers serve clients through every phase of the business cycle, and can help you find a fresh perspective on every dispute, crisis, contract and negotiation. We can provide you with solutions to legal issues using pragmatism and international experience. Through effective project management, we are able to deliver clear commercial advice and certainty over costs.

We act for a wide range of clients including ship owners, charterers, operators, cargo receivers, exporters/importers, energy and other trading commodities, together with their insurers and P&I clubs. Our team has extensive experience in representing clients in maritime disputes, both in court and before arbitration panels.

An experienced International shipping and trade disputes legal team

We have handled many large maritime crises, including: representing the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the disputes and investigations following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, and acting for the owner and insurer of the Tasman Spirit, following the vessel’s grounding, breakup and subsequent spill of crude oil cargo in Karachi, Pakistan. We also work with clients to grow their business, including advising one of the world’s largest private coal operators in the review of their trading terms, and assisting them with the strategic decision as to whether to time or voyage charter vessels for global shipping.

Our shipping and maritime services include:

  • bills of lading, charterparty and contracts of affreightment disputes
  • vessel and cargo salvages
  • chapter 11 incidents
  • charter and trading operations
  • collisions
  • commodities and trade finance disputes
  • crisis management and incident response
  • customs and trade
  • general average
  • insurance
  • international sale of goods
  • liability risks
  • litigation and international arbitration
  • marine claims
  • marine services
  • physical trading
  • regulatory and HSE
  • ship finance
  • ship sale and purchase
  • shipment of dangerous goods and specialist cargoes
  • shipping and chartering contracts
  • shipping and commodities litigation
  • vessel vetting

Contact our international shipping and trade disputes team

If you would like any further information or need advice on international shipping and trade disputes, please contact our legal team.