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Preston Turnbull is a London based law firm with over 100 years of collective experience in our core sectors of shipping, international trade, marine insurance, yacht/ship building and commercial litigation/ADR.

Our services

With an unwavering team approach and a commitment to building strong, lasting relationships with clients, we are dedicated to providing a market leading service with flexibility and transparency.

Our Principles

  • Put people at the core of our business
  • Act with integrity
  • Give back through community / sector related charities
  • Promote and maintain an environment of respect and professionalism
  • Ensure equality and inclusivity exist at all levels and that the firm does not discriminate against any person for any reason whatsoever
  • Support diversity access schemes for access to the legal profession
  • Support sustainability within our core sectors and generally

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Our services


Dry Shipping

Preston Turnbull is a go-to firm for all areas of shipping, having acted in a number of high profile cases and represented clients across the globe in the shipping sector, combining decades of expertise in the following areas:

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Admiralty and Casualty

Having acted on a wide variety of admiralty matters, Preston Turnbull has extensive experience in casualty investigation and response.

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International Trade

Preston Turnbull is a specialist in the trade and commodities sector. Our International Trade Team works with some of the biggest names in the market and has experience of a variety of disputes, including:

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The Preston Turnbull team consists of highly experienced and qualified people who are excellent legal practitioners. Despite being a relatively new boutique company, they are my preferred choice over the larger firms.

Legal 500

They are very well regarded and experienced practitioners - all brilliant people. They are very responsive, outgoing, dynamic and an incredibly experienced outfit.

Chambers and Partners

The team is small and close-knit. They carry no passengers, everyone is of high quality. The focus is very much on winning the case, not billing time.

Legal 500

The firm is relatively new but has collected together an excellent team within a short time. The experience of the partners, and the quality of the associates they have on board provide a capability equivalent to the more established “big names” but with better services levels from client engagement to matter staffing.

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Latest insights


Successful Section 68 Appeal: Serious Irregularity

Article | 11th May 2022

Charterers succeed on appeal for serious irregularity for an award that was contrary to the common position of the parties to the arbitration.

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Sanctions and a Successful Force Majeure Defence

Article | 5th May 2022

With the issue of sanctions never more relevant to global shipping, the recent decision of Laysun Service Co Limited v Del Monte International GMBH [2022] EWHC 699 (Comm) has affirmed that a well-drafted force majeure clause can, when unforeseen events take their toll, provide welcome relief from contractual obligations.

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UniCredit Bank AG v Euronav NV

Article | 28th Apr 2022

UniCredit Bank AG v Euronav NV [2022] EWHC 957 (Comm) (The Sienna)

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