Shipping & International Trade

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Work with highly acclaimed legal experts with over 40 years' experience in shipping


The world is connected. Shipping and International Trade link us all; but the law concerning this traffic is complex. We can offer expertise on the issues and contractual problems your business can face, concerning the contracts themselves, bills of lading, letters of credit, or events during the carrying voyage. We aim to unravel these difficult problems amicably and swiftly.

Even in the event of unexpected unwillingness to compromise, we are experienced in handling these disputes in the Commercial Court, LMAA Arbitrations and before FOSFA and GAFTA Tribunals.

We can help any company or person importing or exporting goods, including global shipping companies, logistics and supply chain companies, retailers and manufacturers.

Our work with Shipping & International Trade includes:

  • International trade disputes
  • Time and voyage charters
  • Bills of lading
  • Letters of credit
  • Customs formalities
  • Commodity disputes
  • Ship sale and purchases
  • New building disputes

Client Testimonials

“Plainly, Clive loves the law and his enthusiasm for it is infectious and overt. He has a very positive and ‘can-do’ approach to every aspect of his case management. He is a pragmatist which invariably assures that the client’s interests are best served. I have been extremely impressed by his litigation techniques and his ability to separate the wheat from the chaff – in my opinion an important aspect of litigation where there can be a tendency to pursue red herrings that benefit the law firm but not the client.”

– Chief Executive, The New Victoria Foundation

“The ‘legendary’ Clive Thorp remains a key figure; he is a valuable source of sage advice.”

– Chambers Global

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Clive Thorp

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Shipping and International Trade

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