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  • Tatham & Co is a maritime law firm with London’s leading marine lawyers and experts who take an innovative and forward-thinking approach to our work. We always support our clients with expert advice and representation in contentious and non-contentious issues. Always led by our drive for the perfect commercial solution, we build on our foundations of integrity, expertise and hundreds of years of experience. We pride ourselves on being industry trailblazers, and are well established as some of the best lawyers in the country.

  • Shipping disputes and contracts

    Day to day shipping involves understanding the allocation of risk between the various stakeholders. Often disputes arise when that risk allocation is misunderstood and we have a wide range of real-world experience to make sure that you understand the legal consequences of short term decision making. Our aim is to help to resolve disputes without damaging important commercial relationships.
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  • Admiralty

    We have handled many high profile casualties including groundings in sensitive waterways, fires, collisions as well as hijackings and kidnappings. We fully understand the issues that arise such as pollution, GA and transhipment of cargo. It is critical that the risk that you have taken on is insured. We have particular experience in advising on insurance issues in complex environments and war zones where vessels are captured or seized by local military or law enforcement agencies.Whatever your role in the oil or offshore industry we can provide advice in both contentious and non-contentious matters.
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  • Piracy and security

    The world does not get any safer and it is difficult not to transit across waters where coastal states are subject to internal conflict and where your vessels are not potentially exposed to collateral damage from attacks by warring factions or criminal gangs.

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  • Marine insurance

    Whatever your role in a maritime venture you will want to make sure that your commercial risk is insured. We provide contentious and advisory services to all stakeholders.

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  • Offshore

    Whether you are an oil, drilling, or service company or an insurer we are experienced in reviewing contracts and in dispute resolution.

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  • International trade

    When goods are delayed or their condition differs from what is expected, parties to sale contracts need on the spot advice as to what can and can’t be done against the counterparty and possibly against a transport provider, and as to what practical and legal steps to take to minimise exposure and to secure the best possible recovery.

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  • Aviation

    We fly high! Aviation lawyers with an intimate understanding of the industry, and an approach that prioritises speed, straight talking and flexibility. Providing solutions that work for you.

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Tatham & Co

Tatham & Co is a maritime law firm with London’s leading marine lawyers and experts who take an innovative and forward-thinking approach to our work. We always support our clients with expert advice and representation in contentious and non-contentious issues. Always led by our drive for the perfect commercial solution, we build on our foundations of integrity, expertise and hundreds of years of experience. We pride ourselves on being industry trailblazers, and are well established as some of the best lawyers in the country.

Shipping disputes and contracts

Shipping disputes and contracts

Day to day shipping involves understanding the allocation of risk between the various stakeholders. Often disputes arise when that risk allocation is misunderstood and we have a wide range of real-world experience to make sure that you understand the legal consequences of short term decision making. Our aim is to help to resolve disputes without damaging important commercial relationships.
Learn more
Admiralty

Admiralty

We have handled many high profile casualties including groundings in sensitive waterways, fires, collisions as well as hijackings and kidnappings. We fully understand the issues that arise such as pollution, GA and transhipment of cargo. It is critical that the risk that you have taken on is insured. We have particular experience in advising on insurance issues in complex environments and war zones where vessels are captured or seized by local military or law enforcement agencies.Whatever your role in the oil or offshore industry we can provide advice in both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Learn more
Piracy and security

Piracy and security

The world does not get any safer and it is difficult not to transit across waters where coastal states are subject to internal conflict and where your vessels are not potentially exposed to collateral damage from attacks by warring factions or criminal gangs.

Learn more
Marine insurance

Marine insurance

Whatever your role in a maritime venture you will want to make sure that your commercial risk is insured. We provide contentious and advisory services to all stakeholders.

Learn more
Offshore

Offshore

Whether you are an oil, drilling, or service company or an insurer we are experienced in reviewing contracts and in dispute resolution.

Learn more
International trade

International trade

When goods are delayed or their condition differs from what is expected, parties to sale contracts need on the spot advice as to what can and can’t be done against the counterparty and possibly against a transport provider, and as to what practical and legal steps to take to minimise exposure and to secure the best possible recovery.

Learn more
Aviation

Aviation

We fly high! Aviation lawyers with an intimate understanding of the industry, and an approach that prioritises speed, straight talking and flexibility. Providing solutions that work for you.

Learn more

Latest knowledge

NEWS & KNOWLEDGE

Stephen Askins’ Webinar on tanker security in the new ‘tanker wars’

Stephen Askins along with Intertanko’s Phillip Belcher, UK Chamber of Shipping’s David Balston, BIMCO’s Jakob Larsen engaged in candid discussion on present and future tanker safety and security issues in the wake of the Stena Impero and Grace 1 seizures. Topics discussed: The threat. Implications for ports who choose to receive Adrian Darya 1 (ex-Grace 1). […]

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Iran undertakes not to let Grace 1 cargo be delivered to EU Sanctioned entity   »

Iran undertakes not to let Grace 1 cargo be delivered to EU Sanctioned entity. Confusion surrounds the last minute US intervention in the Grace 1 case. The matter came back before the Supreme Court today under the Gibraltar sanctions legislation. Th eSupreme Court seems to have suggested that no application was made (or at least […]

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Could BMP 5 and the use of a citadel have prevented the capture of the Stena Impero?   »

The UK Sunday papers rightly are questioning why “we” wern’t prepared for the Iranian reaction to the detention of the Grace 1 (language matters here – Gibraltar have lawfully “detained” the Grace 1 and Iran have unlawfully “captured” the Stena Impero). There is no legal equivalence between the two events. Indeed Lawrence Freeman asks the […]

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Grace 1 – Gibraltar passes new law to seize ship and exposes “British” tankers to reciprocal action by Iran   »

Image Source: https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/panama-says-it-cut-iran-oil-tanker-from-boat-registry-after-terrorism-alert The reaction of the Iranian government to the boarding of the Grace 1off Gibraltar has been swift and direct reciprocal action has been threatened against “British” ships. Whether that is British flagged as opposed to British managed or operated ships, is unclear. But in the light of the recent attacks on tankers in […]

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Stephen Askins listed in latest edition of ‘The Best Lawyers’

Tatham & Co partner Stephen Askins has been listed in the latest edition of ‘The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom’ for his working in shipping.

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The “Renos” – the Supreme Court rules that SCOPIC charges are not to be taken into account in calculating a constructive total loss   »

There were two issues for the Supreme Court to decide in the Renos.[1]  The first was whether, under section 60(2)(ii) of the Marine Insurance Act 1906 (“the Act”), the “cost of repairing the damage” to the vessel in the computation of a constructive total loss (CTL) included expenditure already incurred before the notice of abandonment was […]

Featured case studies

We have particularly good experience in dealing with vessels caught up in complex environments made difficult or dangerous by war, geo-political issues or simply a capricious judicial system.

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There is anecdotal evidence that the gangs operating off West Africa (and it remains the case that most kidnappings are carried out by Nigerian gangs) have become more sophisticated. It is believed that attacks are carried out by one gang and the victims then “sold” to another who carry out the negotiations.

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Tatham & Co acted for a well known UK based ship sale & purchase broker following the discovery that their website had been cloned. They had received a call from a disgruntled trader in the Middle East who had sold a consignment of frozen fish via the fraudulent brokers, and had not been paid.

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