LA Marine - Overview


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LA Marine is the specialist shipping and marine law team of Lester Aldridge, providing expert advice and practical solutions to the commercial shipping, logistics, superyacht, leisure marine and insurance industries. Not only do our lawyers have in-depth knowledge and great passion regarding the marine industry, they are also down-to-earth and offer a friendly and pragmatic approach.

Our lawyers understand the marine sector and the business needs that go hand-in-hand with it.

With offices in London, Southampton and Bournemouth, clients benefit from the firm having a presence in the heart of the insurance market in the City of London as well as being on the South Coast of England, in close proximity to the major commercial ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Poole and the yachting centres on the Solent and in Poole Harbour.

LA Marine’s clients include marine insurers, commodity traders, P&I Clubs, marine finance companies, port and harbour authorities, marina operators, shipyards, cruise lines, ferry companies superyacht owners and operators, yacht brokers and dealers and yacht owners. We deal with all aspects of marine law, often with a cross-border element, and have built up a strong network of foreign correspondents, surveyors and other marine professionals.

  • Subrogated recoveries
  • Collisions
  • Breach of contract disputes
  • Negligence claims
  • Personal injury or fatilities
  • Vessel arrests
  • Debt recovery claims
  • Merchant Shipping Act and Harbour bye-law prosecutions
  • Vessel sale, purchase, finance, and registration
  • Harbour regulatory work
  • Marine / port developments
  • Charter agreements and charter disputes
  • Cargo claims
  • CMR
  • GAFTA disputes
  • Freight forwarding
  • Bill of lading disputes and demurrage claims

We are also members of a number of trade bodies and associations, including London Maritime Arbitrators Association, British Marine, the British International Freight Association and the International Yacht Lawyers Network. Many of our team members provide seminars and workshops on a variety of topics to clients and professional bodies worldwide.