Our shipping team is widely regarded as the market leader in Scotland for the provision of maritime law advice. With specialists operating from Brodies' offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, we understand the issues that impact on our marine clients and work hard to deliver proactive advice that adds value and is focused on helping them meet their business objectives.

Brodies' solicitors provide a full range of advice across the sector, guiding clients through the myriad issues involved in marine and transport operations that require specialist legal, industry and local knowledge – ranging from advising on the right form of contract (be it for building, financing or chartering a ship or moving goods by sea or land) to helping them deal with incidents, disputes and industry regulators. Key to all of this is identification and management of risk, and the team's experience in resolving disputes is put to good use in contract drafting, review and analysis.

The team acts on behalf of an international client base with business in, from or to Scotland clients including owners and charterers, P&I Clubs, banks, underwriters and port authorities. Team members are recognised for their expertise, having advised both industry and Government in relation to this area of law. The leading independent legal directory Chambers UK continues to rank our shipping top tier in Scotland, commenting: “Esteemed practice representing Scottish and international clients in a broad range of shipping matters, including both contentious and non-contentious work.”

Clients include: Caledonian Maritime Assets, Lerwick Port Authority and UK P&I Club.

Our expertise includes:

  • Admiralty and emergency response
  • Charterparties, bills of lading and logistics
  • Ferries
  • Marine insurance
  • Offshore and renewable energy
  • Personal injury and disease
  • Ports
  • Regulatory and defence
  • Ship building / repair, sale and purchase and finance
  • Yachts

This list is by no means exhaustive; to find out how we can help you, please contact Duncan MacLean.

...we always get the outcome we want. We're always happy with what they deliver. They are really good to work with.

Chambers UK 2020


First-class... very helpful and diligent, with great experience of shipyards and negotiating stances... They provide a helpful sounding board where issues arise.

Chambers UK 2020