Stann has a renowned reputation as leading shipping litigators and investigators.

We have handled some of the most high-profile cases and maritime disasters of the past three decades. This, coupled with our market-leading dry shipping practice, places us at the cutting edge of maritime law.

A Combined Approach

The Stann approach seamlessly marries up legal, technical and commercial advice. We are not just lawyers; we are strategic advisors to our clients.  Our clients have implicit confidence in us to understand their business and commercial objectives.

We can advise you on the full spectrum of legal matters in the maritime industry, whether you require support with contract review, general advisory, investigatory or disputes.  We are meticulous and shrewd in our judgment; years of conducting cases in varied, often challenging, jurisdictions, has given us profound insight into finding the best solutions for you and your business.

Formidable Legal and Industry Experience

We work for Owners, Managers, H&M underwriters, P&I insurers, Charterers, Traders and other commercial parties and insurers. Our lawyers have trained and practised for many years at leading international shipping law firms, giving them a world-class legal grounding. We also have a valuable insight into the way our clients work because many of our lawyers have worked in the industry prior to joining Stann. We are comprised of P&I Club Claims Handlers, a former CEO of a marine insurer and Global Head of Shipping at an international law firm and Owners’ in-house counsel. We bring this formidable experience to bear in our shipping law practice.

Our Mariners have worked across the full range of vessel types: tankers, bulk carriers and general cargo ships, container ships, offshore support vessels, cruise ships and passenger ferries. They have also worked in senior shoreside roles, including as fleet superintendents. This firm-wide experience in having worked at the coal face of the industries we advise gives us a unique ability to anticipate your business objectives and provide you with the comprehensive support that you would expect from a firm with our decades of expertise.

Admiralty – a global reputation

We are renowned worldwide for our admiralty and emergency response practice. Our team has decades of experience handling the largest and most complex maritime casualties.

Nothing fazes us. No matter the type of incident or location, we offer outstanding legal and strategic assistance to our clients. We regularly deal with casualties involving fires, groundings, explosions, collisions and total losses. In all cases, we act quickly and effectively to protect the vessel, crew and environment and to minimise our clients’ liability and maximise their recovery.

We frequently act in the Admiralty Court and in arbitration in relation to claims arising from collisions, salvage and general average. Our team also has experience acting in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, including for the successful appellants in the first collision liability case to reach the highest UK appellate court in decades.

Dry shipping specialism

We are well-known for our expert handling of general shipping disputes, including those relating to charterparties, bills of ladings and other contracts. Whatever the complexity of the dispute, our team has the legal know-how and technical proficiency to help you find a positive solution.

Our lawyers have extensive experience of acting in the High Court and in arbitration under LMAA and other institutional regimes on various matters, including unsafe port claims, cargo disputes, off-hire claims, speed and performance claims and disputes relating to demurrage.

Available day or night – whenever you need us.

In the industries we support, time is a precious commodity; at the heart of our work is our ability to advise you swiftly, even when the issues are complex. We are available around the clock, providing timely advice so your business continues. This is one of the many reasons why clients choose us as their emergency response lawyers for maritime casualties; you can depend on us at those critical moments.

Setting the stage for success.

At our core, Stann is committed to delivering fast yet exceptional service, combining legal acumen, industry knowledge, and strategic insight to help you successfully achieve your objectives – however that is best realised.


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