We use our experience to support our clients when they are in the process of changing the industry.

You can trust us to deliver commerciality, an efficient operating model and the sector knowledge you need.

We don’t need to tell you that ports are a significant driver of any national economy, handling international trade and directly employing hundreds of thousands of people. They’re a critical part of a national transport infrastructure.

As your legal advisers, we have a key role to play in your growth and success. It matters to us that we’ve taken the time to understand you and your customers, and that we’re working collaboratively with you to drive change. We want to help you achieve the best outcomes you can, through delivering a consistent, streamlined service across your organization, as well as predictable, transparent costs and value for money. But most of all we recognize that this opportunity brings increasing challenges in terms of distribution, shipping patterns, vessel sizes and a significant regulatory burden.

In acting for port owners, operators of ports and port facilities, port users and funders, we’ve developed a deep understanding of what our clients need. We regularly advise in areas such as planning, regulatory issues, marine real estate, competition, insurance, port developments and health and safety incidents.

Drawing from across the firm, we build tailored teams for each client. We’re proud of the fact that we have a respected track record for providing clear, commercial advice that will make it easier for you to achieve your objectives.

    What we do
    • Asset purchases
    • Competition
    • Dispute resolution 
    • Emergency response and representation regarding claims arising from transportation casualties, including shipboard, pierside, and over-the-road personal injuries and death, pollution accidents, collisions and cargo loss
    • First-party cargo insurance
    • Marine finance
    Examples of work
    • We have completed equipment finance and leasing deals in the aggregate of over 5 billion dollars, with individual transactions ranging from $750,000 to $350 million. Many of these transactions helped to finance transportation assets such as aircraft (corporate and commercial) and rail equipment, as well as locomotives and vessels (barges and tankers) 
    • We handle casualty and litigation matters arising in ports throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. We have an on-call Emergency Response Team available 24/7 to respond to and investigate casualties and incidents of all types, including collisions, shipboard and dockside personal injuries, cargo damage, pollution and HAZMAT discharges, alleged safety violations, expanded Port State Control inspections, and other shipboard emergencies