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.

“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


Justin Draeger


Ryan Sheward


Sofia Chatzinikolaou


Patrick Fitzgerald


We are always looking to recruit good quality candidates.

If you would like to join our team of lawyers you will need a strong academic record along with sound practical initiative.

Applications in writing should be sent to David Wartski as below. No agencies please.

66 Royal Mint Street London, E1 8LG

Tel: +44 (0)20 7264 0600

Email: recruitment@maysbrown.com


Mays Brown Solicitors
66 Royal Mint Street
London E1 8LG

Tel: +44 (0)207 264 0600
Fax: +44 (0)207 264 0601
Email: mail@maysbrown.com

Emergency 24 hour contact details:

Joe Mays: +44 (0)7810 488 822
David Wartski: +44 (0)7753 959 000
Stephen Grainger: +44 (0)7912 733 123

Nearest stations:

station-icon-2 Tower Gateway DLR (0.3 miles)

Tower Hill (0.4 miles)

station-icon Aldgate East (0.4 miles)

station-icon Aldgate (0.5 miles)

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