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.

Sale and purchase

The firm is regularly instructed by buyers/sellers 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, builders 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 including management agreements, charter terms and logistics.

Casualty response and personal injury

We are contactable 24/7 and 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 Partner ready to assist in the event of accidents involving crew or passengers/guests.  Her experience includes advising on catastrophic and life changing injuries, as well as fatal incidents.  We represent owners and liability underwriters advising on jurisdiction, liability and quantum 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.

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Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless, International House, 1 St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1YL - Tel: +44 (0)20 7782 0990

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