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Shipping and international trade disputes

Maritime matters are critical to the successful planning and execution of global energy projects, as well as commodity-based transactions, whether involving crude oil, finished or intermediate petroleum products or metals. Our Global Shipping and International Trade Disputes practices will serve you through every phase of the business cycle and offer fresh perspectives on any dispute, crisis, contract or negotiation. We find solutions to legal issues based on pragmatism and our extensive international experience. Through effective project management, we deliver clear commercial advice to you, on time and within budget.

Experienced global shipping and international trade disputes lawyers

Our Global Shipping and International Trade Disputes team advises companies from around the world on all aspects of physical and financial trading in hard and soft commodities, including the buyers and sellers of goods, ship-owners and charterers, banks, financial institutions, traders, brokers, insurers, producers and industrial end-users. Our team has comprehensive experience in representing clients in maritime disputes, both in court and before arbitration panels.

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. 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 charter or voyage charter vessels for global shipping.

Our lawyers regularly deal with:

  • cargo salvages
  • Chapter 11 incidents
  • charter and trading operations
  • commodities and trade finance disputes
  • crisis management and incident response
  • customs and trade
  • general average
  • insurance (P&I interface)
  • liability risks
  • litigation and international arbitration
  • marine claims
  • marine services
  • physical trading
  • regulatory and HSE matters
  • shipment of dangerous goods
  • shipping and chartering contracts
  • shipping and commodities litigation
  • shipping and insurance
  • vessel vetting

Contact our global shipping and international disputes team

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

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