Mays Brown Solicitors is a London law firm specialising in shipping matters.

We act for a wide range of clients across the shipping industry including owners, operators, charterers, P&I clubs, insurers, underwriters, banks and yards both in transactional matters and handling their disputes.

We are committed to providing a flexible service designed to meet the specific needs of each individual client but always with the focus on giving prompt, clear, commercially minded and cost effective assistance.

We offer an “all round”, 24 hour a day, 365 day a year proactive service – helping to prevent problems as well as solve them.

“… their main strength is their size and dedication to clients. They are very efficient, responsive and proactive. They combine an outstanding legal foundation with astute commercial know how”
(Legal 500 Testimonials 2020)

“They are excellent – very commercial and focused on the end-game.”
(Chambers UK Directory 2015)

“The team are responsive, experienced and commercial.”
(Chambers Directory 2015)


Our team of lawyers has expertise in a wide range of shipping related matters.

Of course we have substantial experience in handling shipping disputes in London arbitration, the English courts and mediation as well as taking and co-ordinating action worldwide to secure or enforce claims and to obtain/preserve evidence. We also provide assistance in many other areas such as drafting and negotiation of contracts (including vessel sale and purchase), dealing with S&P closings and escrow arrangements and providing pro-active input to seek to avoid disputes in the first place and minimise harm when problems do arise.

Charters • Bills • MOAs • Bunker Contracts • FFAs • Off Shore Supply Contracts • COAs

Shipbuilding Contracts • VSAs • Guarantees • Insurance • Management Agreements

Commodities • Insolvency • Broking Agreements

Our Lawyers


Joe Mays


David Wartski


Stephen Grainger