Shipping disputes

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Navigating the choppy waters of shipping disputes successfully, requires expert advice.

We advise on all shipping disputes, whether through pre-action advice and negotiation or through arbitration, litigation or mediation.

What do we do?

We obtain security by the attachment or arrest of assets both in the UK and abroad and have significant experience in international shipping disputes. We ensure that our clients’ disputes are submitted in the most advantageous jurisdiction to have the best possible chance of a successful outcome.

We are experienced at advising on shipping disputes under charter parties, bills of lading, contracts of sale and shipbuilding contracts. We regularly handle claims arising from:

  • Cargo damage
  • Unseaworthiness
  • General average
  • Transhipment
  • Unsafe ports
  • Dangerous cargoes
  • Bunker contamination
  • Off-hire
  • Detention and demurrage
  • Speed and performance issues
  • Limitation of liability.
Gateley receives plaudits for its ‘client service delivery’ and the team regularly handles charter party matters, ship sale and purchase disputes, marine cargo claims, superyacht matters and shipbuilding disputes.
Legal 500 UK, 2018

Who do we help?

We advise ship owners, charterers, P&I clubs, oil companies, cargo owners, underwriters, recovery agents and cargo inspection agencies on all shipping disputes. We also act for major lenders on repossession and enforcement of marine assets.

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