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Shipping Partner - International Offices

Salary Details Available on Request
Singapore, Hong Kong


Kelly Wadkins
020 3633 0962


After working with our client internationally Kelly has been asked to help develop their teams globally with partner hires across their Singapore and Hong Kong Offices. With a global reputation for their work in the shipping, trade and offshore sectors. They are keen to further develop these practices with additional partners at an array of levels.

With a strong presence in the Asian markets, partners have access to an army of international offices with full-service support from both local and international law experts. With a solid infrastructure and strong pay scales in the markets this presents a fantastic opportunity for those looking for a larger support system or a step forward in their career.

If you are interested in international partnership opportunities, please contact Kelly on 0203 633 0962.

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You will be joining an international law firm with deep roots in the shipping industry. The hiring partner is looking for associates who have a genuine interest in the shipping and offshore industry and a desire to be client facing. From a practitioner’s angle, our client appreciates commercial minded, independent, lateral thinkers who never stop learning and ask the right questions.


You will be doing an even mix of ship finance and offshore non-contentious work. On the ship finance side, you will be advising leading shipowners and occasionally banks. On the offshore non-contentious side, you will be advising construction companies, funds, offshore support companies, drilling companies and FPSO providers. You will be doing project financing, chartering, sale and purchase agreements and the occasional restructuring/ insolvency work.


The key highlights of this role include:

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  • Work life balance. The hiring partner is keen for his associates to have a life outside of the office.


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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.

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  • Remuneration. Our client pays above the market average.


England & Wales qualified lawyers with at least 2 years PQE will be at an advantage but our client will consider common law qualified lawyers. The hiring partner is keen to talk to candidates who can demonstrate an understanding of projects-based work and who has an interest in LNG, Oil and Gas and Petrochemicals. 


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Your work will focus on the Indonesian markets where you will be dealing with both hard and soft commodities. The scope of work will be broad and includes providing legal advice, regulatory compliance, financing and dispute resolution.


The key advantages of this role include:


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  • Work life balance. You will not be bound by your billable hours and business development will not be a focus of this job.


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


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  • 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.


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

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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.


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