Dale Stevens LLP is a highly regarded practice specialising in maritime, transport, trade and energy, insurance and commercial law.
Our practice, run from offices in the City of London and the Port of Felixstowe, has a reputation for excellence and innovative thinking.
Clients have the right to demand the highest level of service from their lawyers without being overcharged. We understand this and take great pride in understanding clients’ businesses, their needs and in working closely with them to ensure the best results are achieved. We take pride in our reputation for acting quickly and decisively and for being practical, tenacious and resourceful.
Our areas of practice include:
Carriage of goods, charterparties and bills of lading, international trade and commodities, port byelaws, harbour and pilotage, collisions and salvage, logistics and distribution, shipbuilding contracts and disputes.
We represent and advise a wide range of national and international clients, including P&I, defence and intermediaries clubs, hull and machinery, charterers and cargo underwriters, ship owners, managers and operators, salvors, brokers, trading and commodity companies, recovery agents, logistics and transport operators, port authorities and overseas lawyers.
We work in a global and increasingly competitive world. To meet the demands of such an environment we are available on a “24/7” basis and are geared to provide a swift and effective response to maritime casualties and clients' claims and needs worldwide.
Graduated London University (Honours Law Degree) and University of Wales (M.SC in Maritime Law). Specialised in maritime and commercial practice for over 30 years advising on charterparties, bills of lading, insurance, port byelaws, international trade, commodities and oil, logistics and distribution, road transport, litigation and arbitration.
Extensive experience investigating national and international cargo loss and damage, fraud and scuttling claims. Acts for shipowners, charterers, banks, traders, port authorities, P&I and Defence Clubs, foreign lawyers and insurers. Named in legal directories as a “Leading maritime lawyer” and endorsed by clients for “clear concise advice..." and a “hands on, practically minded approach.".
Jeremy John Kemp
Worked as an average adjuster in Hong Kong and London and as a senior marine manager and claims handler with two major law firms. Has over 40 years experience in maritime and transport law working dealing with wet and dry cases including salvage, collisions, total loss, average disputes, cargo claims, hull & machinery and war risks policy claim and P&I matters.
Travelled extensively worldwide interviewing witnesses and taking evidence. Experienced in running cases both to High Court (and the Appeal Court) commercial arbitrations (including LOF salvage Arbitrations) and mediations.
Graduated London University (BA) and Chester College of Law.
Qualified with a major London law practice. Extensive experience of commercial and company law, including drafting and negotiating of commercial agreements, supply of goods and services, trading and supply agreements. Diverse range of clients and work including assisting foreign companies with deals and transactions in the UK as well as UK businesses seeking assistance on disputes or transactions involving foreign jurisdictions.
Consultants - Admiralty Team
Our Admiralty Team is supported whenever required by additional expertise from the following experienced practitioners:
Michael J Lacey
Salvage and Salvage Claims
Obtained British Foreign Going Master’s Certificate in 1968. Worked with London solicitors dealing with marine salvage, collision and other marine insurance matters. Legal Adviser to International Salvage Union from 1978 to 1981. Member of the Lloyd’s Salvage Group since its creation in 1978. From 1984 to 1992 Member of the Executive Committee of the International Salvage Union, (ISU), and from 1990 to 1992 Vice President of the ISU.
In 1992 appointed Special Adviser to ISU and from 1992 to 2007 Marine Consultant to London solicitors dealing with LOF and other marine salvage claims. In 2005 appointed Secretary General of the International Salvage Union. Closely involved in the drafting of Lloyd’s Standard Form of Salvage Agreement, (LOF), 1980, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2011; The 1989 Salvage Convention The Special Compensation P&I Club, SCOPIC; the original and latest editions of BIMCO ‘TOWCON’ & TOWHIRE’, as well as ‘WRECKFIXED’, ‘WRECKSTAGE’ & ‘WRECKHIRE’.
Specialist Casualty Investigator
Master Mariner and qualified solicitor. Formerly Senior Partner Thomas Cooper & Co (1992 -2002). Acts as Consultant to a wide range of shipping and insurance interests dealing with all aspects of casualties, salvage and/or collisions. Major cases include the total structural failure and loss of the forward section of the tanker “KURDISTAN” off Newfoundland; the loss of the exploration platform “OCEAN RANGER” in the Canadian Hibernian Field; the grounding of the “EXXON VALDEZ” and the grounding and salvage of the “KOWLOON BAY” at Rondo Island Straits of Malacca; the loss of the Lay Barge “BOS 400” south of Capetown; the “ARCADIA SPIRIT” destruction of an oil terminal jetty in Singapore. Advised on ship management, pilotage, tug and tow, safety, compliance and regulatory matters, International Conventions relating to shipping such as MARPOL/SOLAS, SHEW aspects (Safety Health Environmental Welfare Issues), emergency response, criminal aspects of MSA and casualties.
Maritime and Transport Law
Former merchant navy apprentice, Maritime and Transportation Law master degree (Aix en Provence University).
Worked for 12 years as legal manager and marine claims’ manager. Lecturer at Le Havre Law University where he teaches maritime insurance. Member of the Maritime Law French Association, decided in 2006 to become a lawyer. Formed his own maritime and transport law practice Cabinet Dollfus (French Lawyers / Law Firm) in Paris in 2011.
27, rue d’Amsterdam
+ 33 (0)621 743 603
+ 33 (0)153 163 052
+ 33 (0)153 163 954
Transport, Company, Civil and Commercial Law
Partner in Schnebbe-Heuser & Partner since 1995 (German Lawyers / Law Firm). He specialises in company, maritime, transport, insurance and general civil law. Advises and represents an extensive range of clients in transport, logistics, insurance, claims and commercial matters. Also with regard to company formations, partnerships, purchase and sale of companies, share/stock issues.
Member of the Hanseatic Bar Association of Hamburg, German Association for Transport Law, the versicherungswissenschaftlicher Verein in Hamburg e. V. (Hamburg Insurance Association), the Hamburg Law Society and the Logistikinitiative Hamburg e.V. (Hamburg Logistics Initiative).
Schnebbe-Heuser & Partner
Ballindamm 17, 20095
+ 49 (o) 40 32 33 66 - 0
+49 (0) 171 33 33 66 0
+ 49 (0) 40 32 33 66 - 10
Corporate, Finance and International Trade, Cross border M & A Law, Dispute Resolution
Partner with Zhong Lun, London (Chinese Lawyers / Law Firm). Working languages are English and Mandarin. English qualified solicitor and Chinese lawyer practising in the UK and China. Mr Xue is a founding partner of the Anglo Chinese Lawyers LLP. Previously worked as a Prosecutor in the Supreme Prosecution Service of the P.R. and as London based Senior Counsel to a Canadian Law Firm. Travels extensively advising a broad range of internationally based clients on UK and Chinese law and matters. Specialises in cross border M&A, international finance, commercial law and dispute resolution. Has advised the China Development Bank, Construction Bank of China, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and other leading businesses and government organisations in China and the UK.
10-11 Austin Friars
+ 44 (o)207 382 1567 (Main line)
+ 44 (0)207 382 1566 (Direct line)
Registered as a limited liability partnership in England and Wales under Companies House No OC309818; Registered office: St Mary Abchurch House, 123 Cannon Street London; Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation
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