We provide advice and assistance to companies on a wide range of commercial shipping activities, including structures and contracts for the construction, chartering/employment and sale and purchase of ships. Our transactional and dispute resolution teams work closely together both before and after the shipbuilding or conversion contract has been concluded. We support our clients throughout the project to completion and beyond in resolving any disputes that may arise over cost overruns and delays, or defects discovered before or after delivery.

We pride ourselves in our work on shipbuilding and ship conversion projects. We represent shipowners, shipyards and insurers and work in all of the major shipbuilding sectors, ranging from small tugs and supply vessels to the largest and most advanced passenger ferries and cruise ships. Much of our work involves newbuilding projects in Europe and Northern Asia, in particular Japan and Korea, and the conversion of existing vessels in Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore and Malaysia. We have deep knowledge and experience in relation to the construction of new ships in China, to reflect that nation's extraordinary growth in the industry in recent years.

Alongside our work in commercial vessel newbuilding and conversion, we have established a significant presence in the rapidly-growing leisure market for custom built superyachts up to 120 meters. We represent owners and shipyards involved in high-value projects for the construction or refit of these vessels, that are normally designed and built to the specific requirements of private purchasers.

The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts

New Edition of The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts Published

We are pleased to announce that the fifth edition of “The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts” (first published in 1991) has now been published. Simon Curtis, the sole author of the previous four editions, is joined as authors of this latest edition by Haynes and Boone partner William Cecil and by Ian Gaunt, president of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association 2017-2020.


Shipping Oil Gas Newsletter
This newsletter contains details of articles and other publications by Haynes and Boone lawyers and has been produced especially for our Shipping, LNG and Offshore Oil and Gas clients and contacts by the London office. Read the September 2020 newsletter here. If you would like to automatically receive the newsletter in the future, please subscribe here.

Getting The Deal Through – Shipbuilding 2020: England and Wales

Getting the Deal Through – Shipbuilding is part of the series of Getting the Deal Through law guides published by Law Business Research that provide an overview of specialist areas of the law in a variety of international jurisdictions. This chapter on shipbuilding contracts governed by the law of England and Wales is written by Haynes and Boone lawyers William Cecil, Fiona Cain and Chrysa Kitsou.

Email Disclaimer