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Stephens Scown has launched a marine sector team designed to support the region’s buoyant marine companies – with world-renowned sailor and adventurer turned entrepreneur, Pete Goss, there to lend support.


The marine sector contributes £500m to Cornwall’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for one in seven UK marine jobs. Recognising that this thriving sector needs specialist support, Stephens Scown LLP has created a new team designed specifically to work with marine companies of all kinds and sizes.

The team was officially ‘launched’ at an event at Mylor Yacht Club in Falmouth on 13 April.

Verity Slater, head of marine at Stephens Scown, said: “The marine industry is an integral part of Cornwall’s identity and heritage. It’s also an important source of employment and a driver of economic growth in the region – which is why we wanted to bring our skills together from within the firm to ensure that we’re providing the bespoke and tailored services that the sector needs. It was fantastic to have Pete Goss as a guest at our launch event – he gave a really inspiring talk.”

Pete Goss MBE, author of best-selling book Close to the Wind who has sailed more than 250,000 nautical miles and lives in Cornwall, said: “I was delighted to be asked to come to Stephens Scown’s marine sector launch. It’s great to see a firm consciously supporting the sector which is so important in Cornwall in particular.”

Stephens Scown can provide services across a whole range of issues to the marine sector, including:

  • state aid and procurement advice for marine funding
  • vessel purchase and charterparty agreements
  • mooring arrangements and disputes
  • collisions and other maritime disputes
  • quayside and marina developments
  • port and harbour regulatory issues
  • general business advice – employment law, intellectual property, leasing and property, acquisitions and disposals, planning permissions and shareholder agreements etc

Stephens Scown act for a range of marine organisations, including Pendennis Shipyard, Cornwall Ferries Ltd, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, Mylor Yacht Harbour and many others.


Take a look at the marine sector page, here.

Photos from the launch can be found here.