Keystone’s dynamic and client-focused team of specialists offer a full package of marine and shipping services, and our global network of firms, surveyors and other experts gives us international capability combined with local knowledge.
In the yachting and superyacht sector we advise prospective buyers, owners, banks and marine companies in the leisure sector such as management companies and marinas, crew and charter businesses.
We regularly act on behalf of insurers in relation to subrogated recovery claims and personal injury actions involving yachts and superyachts. We deal with claims involving yacht cradle and mooring failures, storm damage and theft. We also offer a bespoke investigation and reporting service in relation to accidents aboard all types of passenger ships and commercial vessels. Clients include Lloyds underwriters, P & I Clubs and individuals. Our insurance specialists advise on all aspects of marine insurance, including policy coverage disputes and policy drafting.
In relation to national and international trade we offer a dispute resolution service in respect of cargo and freight claims, whether this involves carriage of goods by sea, air or road. We also deal with claims involving warehousing disputes. The marine team can also advise in relation to contracts for the carriage of goods.
In the event of marine casualty our 24-hour response service enables us to quickly mobilise key individuals in order that crucial evidence is preserved and early investigation achieved. Members of the team include ex-mariners with a wealth of experience in dealing with casualties and investigations.
Our experienced lawyers often host seminars and training to marine organisations including the BMF, the International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS), and the Maritime Training Academy (MTA). They also lecture and examine on the MCA Master Yachts course for aspiring superyacht captains as well as on various courses for marine surveyors and brokers and on marina management courses.
Keystone lawyers are members of a number of trade associations and federations including the London Maritime Arbitrator’s Association (LMAA), the British Marine Federation (BMF), the Professional Yachtsmen Association (PYA), the International Superyacht Society, Superyacht UK and the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA).
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Patrick is a general commercial disputes lawyer and an international arbitration specialist, dually qualified in English and French law.
Lawyer and mathematician Jennifer’s practice focuses on transactional and corporate insurance and reinsurance. She advises insurance firms, (both life and non-life), brokers, banks, hedge funds, private equity, protection and indemnity clubs (P and I Clubs) and financial institutions in, or involved with, the insurance and risk sectors.
Jonathan is a highly experienced marine specialist, with a broad legal practice that focuses on both the domestic and international yachting sector. His client base comprises banks and private individuals in the yacht and superyacht industry.
Matthew is a commercial litigation lawyer with over 20 years’ experience and with specific expertise in commercial disputes and fraud, often with an international element.
Andrew provides dedicated legal services to the Marine & Shipping sector. His key skills are founded in planning and environmental law, and he principally advises ports and other organisations in the sector on marine-related development, particularly in relation to port infrastructure projects.
George is an international dispute resolution specialist who resolves high-value and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Benjamin has over 15 years’ experience in yachting and luxury asset law, specialising in finance, construction and purchase, and operational matters including taxation, insurance and employment. He also advises in relation to private aviation and art.
Colin is a skilled banking and finance solicitor, who specialises in corporate banking, acquisition and leveraged finance, property and development finance, and security documentation. He is experienced in advising a wide range of clients including both UK and US banks, building societies, institutional investors, and public and private companies.
Rachel is a specialist in dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration and mediation. She advises on a wide variety of complex multi-jurisdiction claims including contractual and insurance disputes.
Simon is an experienced banking and finance (particularly asset and project finance) lawyer with significant expertise in the aviation, marine and shipping sectors gained while working in the UK, Europe and Asia.
Dharmendra is a disputes lawyer specialising in shipping, commodities and commercial litigation.
Ship finance lawyer Anastasia advises shipowners and financial institutions on term loan facilities for the acquisition of newbuilding or second-hand ships, on debt finance restructurings, on revolving credit facilities and lease finance transactions as well as Islamic finance deals. In addition, she advises private equity funds and shipowners on the structuring of joint ventures for the acquisition of ships and related shareholders' issues as well as on the acquisition of distressed shipping assets.
Philippe is a leading specialist in EU and UK competition law, trade law and data (GDPR) issues. He is a dual Swiss and British national and works in English and French.
Ian is a Consultant Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team and his practice covers general commercial litigation and international commercial arbitration. He has considerable experience in the oil and gas, renewables, mining and infrastructure fields, as well as in international trade, maritime and shipping, commodities, construction and real estate development, shareholder disputes, finance, hospitality, media, trusts, insurance, and pharmaceuticals.