The marine industry is integral to the South West’s heritage and identity. It contributes around £500 million to the region’s GDP and accounts for one in seven UK marine jobs. No wonder people are passionate about it.
Sector-specific challenges call for specialist legal expertise
When challenges or opportunities arise in the marine industry, few law firms have the insight and experience to deal effectively with them, or have the head start that we do.
Experienced in marine matters
Our long history in the South West, and our wide-ranging experience and shared love of the sea, mean we understand the marine industry and the environment it operates in intimately. Our specialist Marine team of straight-talking lawyers can support you through every challenge and make the most of every opportunity.
We deal with the full range of marine-related legal matters, including:
Marine Management Organisation and Environment Agency consents for coastal projects
state aid and procurement advice for marine funding
vessel purchase and charterparty agreements
mooring arrangements and disputes
acquiring ferry routes
actions against employees who have breached marine regulatory requirements or health and safety rules
collisions and other maritime disputes
quayside and marina developments
obtaining and enforcing ship mortgages
enforcing maritime liens
port and harbour regulatory issues
intellectual property issues for newly developed marine technology or equipment
sales, purchases or leases of land and buildings
general business advice on employment law, construction, buying and selling businesses, dispute resolution, debt recovery, planning permissions and shareholder agreements, leasing, and property transactions.
Proudly supporting the marine industry
We’re proud to work with many of the most prominent names in the marine sector in the South West, advising them on a wide range of legal and business issues.
Our client list includes:
Cornwall Ferries Ltd
King Harry Steam Ferry Company Ltd
Falmouth Harbour Commissioners
Newlyn Harbour Commissioners
Fowey Harbour Commissioners
Mylor Yacht Harbour
Port Pendennis Marina
Turn to Starboard
Huggins Bros Marina Group
Our Marine team’s experience includes:
advising Pendennis Shipyard on the development and financing of a major expansion
helping Keynvor Morlift with a Marine Management Organisation licence exemption, to proceed with an urgent wreck removal
help setting up Turn to Starboard as a registered charity, and guiding the purchase of a 91ft gaff schooner to provide sailing courses for armed forces personnel affected by military operations.