Bentleys has a dedicated team of lawyers with considerable experience in the yacht market who are ideally placed to advise on yacht and superyacht related matters. The yacht team comprises experienced sailors also with experience of working on board superyachts, having practical knowledge and experience of the yachting world. They also draw on their experience from commercial shipping.
Sale and purchase
The firm is regularly instructed by owners, shipyards and financial institutions to advise on sale and purchase matters and financing arrangements. We offer advice and support at every stage of the transaction.
New build and refit
We act for owners, shipyards and project managers in advising on new build, refit, conversion and project management contract, working with both standard form contracts and bespoke agreements.
Yacht management and operations
We can guide owners on issues relating to yacht registration and maritime regulations compliance and safety issues. We regularly advise on issues arising under the Maritime Labour Convention.
We provide contract reviews for management agreements and charter terms. With our experience in shipping and transport, we advise on logistics contracts for shipping yachts or equipment.
Casualty response and personal injury
We are contactable 24/7. We can provide immediate assistance for any casualty, collision, or salvage having experience of yacht collisions, groundings and losses. We advise on associated issues such as jurisdiction, limitation and security.
We have a dedicated personal injury manager in the event of accidents involving crew members or guests. We represent owners and insurers in relation to catastrophic and life changing injuries, advising on liability and protecting clients’ interests in the immediate aftermath of such incidents through to resolution.
Insurance and Dispute resolution
Bentleys have considerable experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation. We handle every type of marine dispute ranging from transactional and shipbuilding and warranty disputes to charter and contractual disputes often involving multiple jurisdictions.
We handle recovery actions and are familiar with arrest proceedings and securing claims.
Bentleys is a member of the British Marine Federation and Superyacht UK.