The Firm

Nautica Law LLP is a London-based law firm specialising in shipping and commodities.

Our expertise is in all aspects of shipping including charterparties, bills of lading, ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding, oil and dry bulk trading and trade finance. We handle disputes in London arbitration, the English courts and in mediation, as well as advisory and drafting work.

Our renaming from Winter Scott LLP gives us the opportunity to renew our focus on our clients’ needs and on providing them with clear legal advice based on rigorous analysis.

Within our team we have experience gained over many years of practice, and also impressive younger lawyers whose talents we are keen to foster.

Our aim is to continue to build and strengthen our long-term relationships with those who instruct us through excellent service and by providing value for money.

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Our expertise

Nautica Law’s core area of practice is advising on and handling all types of dispute concerning charterparties and bills of lading.

We also deal with all related issues such as obtaining security (arrest and attachment), jurisdiction, repudiation/renunciation and damages.

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We have acted in many ship sale & purchase and shipbuilding cases over the years, advising clients on contracts and terms.

We also act in relation to disputes concerning MOAs and shipbuilding contracts.

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Nautica Law has extensive experience in trade and commodities that complements our core shipping work.

We understand how the markets work and how to operate as part of a team to work effectively with lawyers in other jurisdictions to achieve results. We know when and how to get the right experts and Counsel involved to support our clients.

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Nautica Law have acted on behalf of international banks in respect of disputes arising under letters of credit and other trade finance documents.

The Nautica Law team have hands-on experience of litigating issues concerning the procurement of letters of credit by fraud and the avoidance of these and other trade documents.

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In the morning I might be taking a statement from a broker in Singapore about a fraudulent transaction, then in the afternoon discussing complex details of banking arrangements with a US lawyer.

Each conversation is a different relationship with someone elsewhere in the world, but both require accuracy and an individual approach.

Tim Houghton, Partner
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