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HFW: Holman Fenwick Willan

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Commercially focused legal advice for the Yachts sector

Our market leading yacht practice draws together a team of expert international lawyers who have in-depth technical and commercial knowledge of this specialist sector. Our clients come from across the yachting industry and, amongst others, include owners, designers, builders, banks and financial institutions, charterers, brokers and insurers.

What we do in Yachts

Having served the world's shipping industry since 1883, we are universally regarded as one of the world's leading shipping law firms and the expertise, experience and reputation earned in this industry is carried into our yacht practice. We benefit from having the ability to adapt and apply our commercial shipping expertise to the particular demands of the yachting industry and this, combined with the fact that we have been doing so for the past 25 years, puts us in an unrivalled position in terms of yacht experience. We recognise that the industry is driven by a small group of high and ultra high net worth individuals whose acquisition of a yacht and the drivers for doing so are usually quite separate to any business activities they may undertake and where issues of discretion and confidentiality are often of paramount importance.

We can help with:

  • Construction and refit.
  • Sale and purchase.
  • Design contracts and intellectual property issues.
  • Ownership structures.
  • VAT and tax issues.
  • Finance and leasing.
  • Restructuring for owners, banks and builders.
  • Management and crewing.
  • Chartering.
  • Berths.
  • Dispute resolution.
  • 24 hour casualty and emergency response.
  • Security.
  • Insurance.
  • Health, safety and regulatory compliance.

The need for absolute discretion combined with the fast moving nature of our yacht practice precludes us from publishing details of our recent experience. However, with such a long standing practice and the global reach of our international network of offices, there is little we have not seen. If you would like to discuss our experience in more detail and/or your particular project or concerns please contact any member of our yacht team.

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