Shipping remains a distinct and ever-evolving area of law, requiring specialised experience and judgement. Marine law and English commercial law have developed hand-in-hand with one another, and England remains the venue of choice for the litigation and arbitration of maritime disputes.

The recent economic climate and the increasingly globalised face of the shipping industry means that contractual relationships have become ever more complex, making sound legal guidance and expert handling of claims and recoveries more important than ever. The cost of disputes, and of litigating  them, is an increasingly major consideration in an industry dominated more and more by controlling spend and protecting value.

TM Law’s marine team boasts a reputation earned over decades serving shipowners, charterers, ports, logistics operators, P&I Clubs, Defence Clubs and commercial underwriters in all areas of this ever-changing sector.

As well as dealing with all contentious marine matters,  TM Law offers cost-effective and diligent handling of non-contentious work including ship sale and purchase, site and asset transactions, and contract drafting.

Marine liability and dispute

Wet & dry bulk, container, general cargo, passenger, offshore and specialised shipping

Cargo loss, damage, shortage and contamination

Collision and damage to fixed & floating objects

Charterer’s damage to Owner’s hull

Speed  & consumption of chartered vessel

Delivery & redelivery dispute


MAIB investigations and MCA prosecutions- advice, representation and defence

Maritime Arbitration and mediation

Ports & Logistics

Ports & Terminals – vessel damage, cargo, mis-delivery, equipment

Logistics Operators – NVOCs, haulage, rail and air freight, tank and container operators

Cargo handling, stevedoring and warehousing

Contract & Commercial

Ship sale & purchase

Charterparty forms, clauses and wordings- Lloyds, BIMCO, NYPE etc

Crew contract forms and international regulations- MLC conditions, STCW standards, ITF forms