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Ship sale & purchase disputes

You have agreed to buy or sell a ship. You are approaching the delivery time. As the buyer you suspect that the ship isn’t in the condition you were expecting. Or you are a seller and are wondering whether you can retain the full deposit if the buyer pulls out.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, we can help you. In the last 50 years we have been involved in nearly all the leading cases on ship sale and purchase. We have a deep understanding of how to identify the real issues – and how to resolve them quickly and commercially.

Your dispute may relate to the condition of the ship, the failure to pay the deposit, a fatal delay or the road for delivery, or an outright refusal to take delivery. With our many years of experience, we will be able to help.

Your contract will probably be based on one of the widely used standard form contracts, for example the Norwegian Saleform. Our lawyers have long experience in advising on all forms of contract.

Our advice does not just focus on the legal elements. We will also give you the commercial and practical guidance that you need. If a dispute arises, we can help you to find a quick and efficient business solution. If it is not possible to solve the problem, we are experienced litigators and will guide you and represent you through court or arbitration proceedings.

We can also help you if issues arise relating to financing or if you need documents drafted in order to finalise the sale.

We are the authors of "Sale of Ships: The Norwegian Saleform", the leading publication on the law of the sale and purchase of ships.

For more information and to discuss your requirements contact Paul Herring, Jonathan Elvey or Michael Volikas.

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