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Richard Coles


  • Location: London
  • Email: Richard Coles
  • Direct Telephone: +44 (0) 207 653 1616


During the past 20 years, Richard’s work has focused on the Superyacht industry where he advises owners on construction contracts, sale and purchase, ownership structures and other non-contentious work, as well as acting for brokers, banks and yachting industry trade associations.

He is recommended for such work by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, he is also a regular speaker in his chosen field. He is the author of ‘Ship Registration: Law and Practice (2002)’, co-author of the second edition with Ed Watt (2009) and co-author and co-editor of ‘The Law of Yachts and Yachting (2012)’ with Filippo Lorenzon.


Richard has practiced as a solicitor in the City of London since 1973 acting in connection with the sale and purchase, financing and registration of ships, yachts and aircraft. Richard is also a visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Maritime Law at Southampton University and a member of the Cayman Islands Shipowners’ Council Yacht Committee.