Addleshaw Goddard's experienced shipping team is a top-ranked provider of legal services to the shipping industry.

We advise owners, lenders and service providers to the shipping industry. With a particular emphasis and track record in advising the offshore sector and oilfield services, we represent a domestic and international client base in relation to:

  • Transactional – including sale and purchase of tonnage on the secondary market; ship building contracts; time charter, tenders and project negotiations; bareboat charter and leasing structures.
  • Ship Finance – acting for lenders and borrowers, including conventional facilities and Shari'a compliant financing arrangements; marine securities; refinancing projects; advisory and restructuring of stressed situations.
  • Ship Registration – with an experience of ship registration in over 25 jurisdictions, Ed Watt is a recognised expert and co-author of "Ship Registration: Law and Practice", a leading practitioner's guide in this area.
  • Litigation - including charterparty and bills of lading disputes, enforcements and repossessions for lenders, commercial claims and insurance disputes.


"Deep knowledge of the shipping industry… operates to the highest standard."
Legal 500, 2015

"Highly-skilled professionals with outstanding knowledge of maritime law."
Legal 500, 2016

"Smart, extremely accurate and attentive to client needs."
Chambers & Partners, 2017


Key contacts

Meet the team
Ed Watt

Ed Watt

Partner, Head of Shipping
Edinburgh, UK

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Alan Shanks

Alan Shanks

Partner, Head of Finance & Projects - Scotland

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