Since 1990 Bruce has been working within private practice acting for a wide range of clients involved in shipping, transport and international trade.
Bruce has particularly wide experience acting for ship suppliers and service providers in claims against ship owners, including obtaining ship arrests around the world to secure clients claims.
Clients include the International Ship Suppliers and Services Association (ISSA) and many of their members, bunker suppliers, engine and technical spares suppliers, ship yards, ship’s agents and ship managers.
Bruce has developed a particular expertise working for seafarers, in relation to wage and injury claims. He is familiar with the various Collective Bargaining Agreements and works closely with ITF inspectors and seafarers charities around the world.
Additionally, Bruce has wide experience in all areas of the firm's transport and shipping practice, acting for insurers, operators with particular knowledge and experience of issues affecting freight forwarders.
Where appropriate, Bruce welcomes instructions from clients outside of the firm’s traditional industry sectors. Recently he has successfully acted in several building related disputes.
Bruce’s non-contentious work includes drafting logistics and other commercial agreements and standard trading conditions.
After leaving the Royal Hong Kong Police in 1988, where he served as a Detective Inspector in CID, Duncan started his career in shipping law in the City of London. He regularly represents cargo insurers and cargo owners in major shipping casualties where rapid decisions are often required.
Duncan’s approach is to try to resolve the issues and problems faced by his clients rather than compounding them by an overly aggressive attitude.
In addition to casualty work, Duncan advises clients on bill of lading and charterparty disputes and is very often involved in cross-border litigation and arbitration.
Duncan also advises the maritime security sector in contractual issues arising from armed and unarmed deployments as well as international licensing requirements and voluntary disclosures to HMRC.
On a more general level, Duncan provides advice to, and represents, corporate clients in commercial disputes in the UK courts and overseas.
Sam specialises in international marine debt collection, and is frequently involved in ship arrests around the world. He has a thorough understanding of not only his clients’ requirements, but also understands how to deal with shipowners in recovering overdue accounts.
Our aim is to enhance our clients’ business interests and Sam is careful to put his clients’ commercial considerations at the forefront of negotiations with shipowners and not to damage any ongoing relationships.
However, where required he employs whatever enforcement measures are necessary for any given situation, which often leads to vessels being detained until accounts are settled in full.
In addition to marine debt recovery work, Sam is also closely involved in bill of lading and charterparty disputes as well as general commercial litigation and arbitration in the UK and overseas.