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Shipping Litigation Solicitor

£90,000 - £110,000
Singapore
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James Candappa
+65 3138 1778

VACANCY DESCRIPTION

The Port of Singapore is the busiest container transhipment hub in the world. Offering connectivity to over 600 ports in 123 countries, it is the largest publicly owned port internationally. With the shipping industry at your doorstop, it is a prime place to be for the leading international law firms operating within the sector. With the dynamic, hustling city all within arm’s reach, it is the place to be for those considering an international move.

Our client bolsters their success in Singapore with one of the largest offices in the region and a keen focus on the shipping sector. They have grown considerably in recent years with devoted clients, refined associates and a fantastic work culture that others in the market fail to match. Renowned internationally for their industry-leading work, they are keen to expand their office with the addition of a junior shipping lawyer.

The Partner leading the team is highly rated and well-renowned for his work, recognised as one of the best shipping lawyers internationally. His work spans both wet and dry shipping, working on a mixture of shipbuilding and bills of lading disputes, collisions, and offshore disputes. Working with such an esteemed partner, this is a rare opportunity to get involved in a broad span of excellent cases and presents an excellent platform for the rest of your career.

Due to the nature of the work, the firm are looking to hire an exceptional Junior Associate from 2 to 4 years PQE who trained in a recognised law firm and is UK qualified. Those with just dry shipping experience will be considered, though those with a broad-ranging skillset will be at a distinct advantage.

For more information on this role, or others, or to discuss a move internationally, please call on 0203 633 0962.

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Senior Claims Executive
HK$ 1,000,000 to HK$ 1,800,000 (dependent on experience)
Hong Kong

Senior in-house positions are rare and highly sought after. Accordingly, we are very excited to present an opportunity to join an IG P&I Club as a Senior Claims Handler in their Hong Kong Office.

 

Our client has significant tonnage from China. As a result, you will be advising charterers and traders within that market. Your scope of work will primarily be dry shipping, specifically FD&D with some exposure to P&I work. You will also be expected to train newer members in this regard.

 

Additionally, due to the seniority of your role, you can expect significant exposure to major members of the Club. Your job is to manage those relationships while traveling with and working with underwriters to develop new relationships.

 

From our discussions with the hiring manager, the key highlights of this role include:
 

  • Prestige. Even amongst the IG Clubs, our client stands out in terms of tonnage and reputation.

     
  • Significant remuneration. Our client pays at the top end of the market.


As the position is relatively senior, you will have at least 5 years of experience in dry shipping law, with a proven track record of operating within the Chinese market and across shipping. Our client has also shown a preference for England & Wales, Hong Kong or PRC qualified lawyers. Proficiency in mandarin is a prerequisite considering our client’s members.

 

If this position is of interest, do get in touch for a discreet discussion about this opportunity.

Shipping or Trade Litigation In-House Lawyer
To be advised
Singapore

Wadkins Associates has been instructed by a major player in the commodities trading industry to find an experienced shipping and or trade litigation lawyer for an in-house counsel position in their Singapore office.

 

Your primary scope of work will be to provide legal advice relating to shipping and trade litigation.

 

This is also an opportunity to broaden your skill set with more general commercial responsibilities. These include providing advice on legal and regulatory compliance issues for a variety of internal departments. You will also be drafting, reviewing and advising on contracts related to shipping and trade

 

From our discussions with the hiring manager, the key highlights of this role include:

 

  • Prestige. This is an opportunity to do some truly international work for one of the biggest commodities traders in the world.

 

  • Greater commercial focus. This job allows you to develop a more commercially focused outlook working alongside various business units within the company.

     
  • Work life balance. In this role, you will not have billable hours targets or related Private Practice demands.
     


Singapore qualified lawyers will be at an advantage, although our client will consider common law qualified lawyers. Due to the relatively independent nature of the work, you will need at least 3 years of contentious shipping or trade law experience.

 

If this position is of interest, do get in touch for a discreet discussion about this opportunity.

Claims Executive
£70000 - £120000
Hong Kong

We are working with an established client, an IG P&I Club, that is looking to welcome a Claims Executive into their Hong Kong office. We have previously recruited lawyers into this team and have an in-depth knowledge of their work culture and hiring preferences.

 

You will be advising members on FD&D with some exposure to P&I work and the focus will be on the Chinese charterer market. The team has developed a collegiate, friendly and open atmosphere. They will guide you through your transition from private practice to in-house.

 

From our discussions with the hiring manager, the key advantages of this opportunity include:

 

  • An opportunity to be closer to the market. You will be the first port of call for our Client’s members handling matters in ‘real-time’.

 

  • Competitive Remuneration. While the Hong Kong office is one of the busier offices within the Club market and is responsible for a significant tonnage, the job pays above market and provides benefits commensurate with the level of work and prestige of an IG P&I Club.

 

  • Supportive work environment. You will be working closely with a friendly, diverse and collegiate team in one of the largest P&I Clubs in Hong Kong. Furthermore, our client has an established framework for training and development avoiding the pitfall of slow or stagnant career development seen in so many other Clubs.
     

You will be PRC, Common Law or Hong Kong qualified with between 2 to 6 PQE in shipping law. Fluency in English and Mandarin is essential.

 

If the above position is of interest, do contact us for a discreet conversation about this opportunity or the market in general. 

Shipping Litigation Lawyer
£85000 - £105000
Melbourne

The Melbourne office of one of our oldest clients is looking to welcome a Senior Associate of at least 5 PQE into their shipping litigation team. We’ve had regular contact with the hiring partners in their Australian offices and are happy to guide you along the interview process.

 

Our Managing Consultant, James, has previously visited Melbourne on several occasions and considers it a vibrant, culturally enriched city full of open-minded people, music and art. As the second largest city in Australia, it houses the offices of many of the world’s leading international private practices.

 

You will be exposed to wet and dry shipping disputes, advising both shipowners and other businesses in some of the biggest cases in the region. You will be working with a highly experienced Partner and several other experienced lawyers in a collegiate and well-run team. As befitting of a more senior position, you will be expected to foster and generate client relationships and business develop frequently.

 

The hiring partner has highlighted several advantages of joining the team.

 

  • Career advancement. The partner is looking for someone who is gunning for partnership. Furthermore, the firm provides a structured approach to career development. Opportunities to business develop will be given and talent and ambition will be rewarded.

 

  • Remuneration. The firm pays in between the market and magic circle firms. In addition, the work life balance in Australia is slightly better than London or Singapore. They also have good bonus payments commensurate with large international private practices.

 

  • Opportunity to be at the forefront of the firm’s expansion. Our client is looking to lead the transport and offshore sector in the region. This is an exciting opportunity to get in early and build a practice with the support of a team of highly capable and experienced lawyers. 
     

If the above position is of interest, we will be happy to discuss the specifics of this opportunity or similar opportunities. If you’d like to know more about the team or the APAC market in general, do contact us for a discreet discussion.