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Claims Executive

Salary Details Available on Request


Piers Riley
0203 633 0962


For those lawyers looking to strike the balance between good quality work, client interaction and reasonable hours our client are a valued alternative to private practice in shipping litigation.

An IG Club with offices internationally their London team has had continued success, especially over the last 10 years, attracting and retaining top talent from the international law firms with high quality work, good rates of pay and excellent training.

Following their success they are now looking to grow their London office with the addition of a junior lawyer. You will be getting involved in a broad range of claims in the offshore sector, both FD&D and P&I and despite joining at a junior level can expect training and support off excellent ex-private practice lawyers throughout your career.

If you have 1 or more years of experience as and England and Wales qualified lawyer working on both wet and dry matters, this is a rare and exciting opportunity to join a thriving club with excellent pay scales and benefits.

For more information please get in touch with Piers Riley on 0203 633 0962.

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Senior Claims Executive
Salary Details Available Upon Request

Wadkins Associates are working in collaboration with a long-standing client to help them find a Senior Claims Executive for their London office.  

The Club is a leading P&I insurer and have a reputation for delivering outstanding cover and commercial advice to their established membership. This is a brilliant opportunity to join a P&I club, build relationships directly with owners and get first-hand experience of dealing with claims from the inception of incidents

The team deals with both P&I and FD&D claims on behalf of a broad range of shipowner members. The suitable candidate will work on a wide range of disputes, allowing the opportunity to develop your skills and will ensure that no day is ever the same. 

We have worked closely with the client to come up with some key advantages of joining the team: 

  • Work-life balance: A significant advantage of a move to a P&I club is the reduced stress and move away from recording billable hours. Enjoy a more stable division between your work life and social/family life. 
  • Close contact with clients: You will find yourself working directly with your members, allowing you to be involved with them every step of the way while developing longstanding relationships.  
  • Teamwork: This particular Club has developed a truly collegiate environment within its region specific teams. You will be collaborating with, learning from and helping to develop some excellent teammates in this role while maintaining a degree of autonomy with your members. 

Our client is looking to hire an England & Wales qualified shipping lawyer with 3-5 PQE, coming from either a club or private practice background.  

If this role has piqued your interest, or you are interested in further discussion of the market, please get in touch.  

Shipping Litigation Associate
Salary Details Available Upon Request

We are excited to present a new Shipping Litigation opportunity within a firm whom Wadkins Associates have an exclusive relationship. As one of our long-standing clients, we can confirm that the team have created an enjoyable workplace environment and culture. The team is comprised of outstanding talent from associate through to Partner and they are frequently involved in the most technically challenging ‘big-ticket’ work in the market.

The role will be predominantly focused across dry shipping with an emphasis across charterparties, bills of lading and trade disputes. The partner also advises on wet shipping and shipbuilding disputes, offering a breadth of contentious work.

The firm are looking for an England & Wales qualified lawyer with 2-5 years of experience across shipping litigation. If you have this level of PQE and are looking for an opportunity to join one of London’s preeminent practices with a strong reputation for handling complex, high value work, this role may well be for you!

Wadkins Associates have worked closely with the Partnership of the firm to provide some accurate and differentiating factors between this practice and other offerings in London:

  • Salary - the firm pay above market rate, representing the complex high value work that is undertaken within the practice.
  • Business Development - this practice allows for unparalleled exposure in the market. You will learn from and work with a Partnership holding outstanding reputations within a market leading client base.
  • Technical development - the firm is focused on complex litigation. They are true experts in the field often leaving repetitive ‘bread and butter’ dry shipping to other outfits. This is a practice that likes to operate at the cutting edge of the law.


This firm boasts exceptional talent within a friendly, down to earth, and collegiate environment.

Are you looking for a market leading practice operating at the sharp end of the law? If so, please do reach out for more detail and insights and find out whether this opportunity is the perfect match for you.

Shipping Litigation Associate
Salary details available upon request

Wadkins Associates are excited to provide a new opportunity for a Shipping Litigation role for current trainees or a NQ lawyer.  

The client has a global reputation for shipping, and pride themselves on having a number of offices worldwide. They are an ambitious, determined group of people who are eager to have a new addition to their team.   

The work covers a broad range of disputes across shipping litigation, including advising charterparties and bills of lading. This role is ideal for a candidate with a keen interest in dry shipping.  

We have worked closely with the head of the team and collectively have pinpointed some key advantages:  

  • Good exposure: This shipping role provides a variety of interesting work, allowing the candidate to develop their skills on a daily basis.   
  • Training and development: The client is expecting a NQ candidate, therefore is ready to work tightly with them to fully train them in preparation for the role. After initial on-site training, you will be able to work from home for up to three days a week. 
  • Work-life balance: The team is very hard-working and love what they do, however work-life balance is very important to them, allowing a separation from work and leisure time.  

Our client is looking for a NQ lawyer, or alternatively a candidate due to qualify in the upcoming August/September months. They are keen to hire a fresh perspective and allow a newly qualified lawyer to get stuck in to work.  

If this role has piqued your interest, or you are curious about discussing the market in more detail, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Shipping Legal Counsel
Salary Details Available on Request

Wadkins Associates are exclusively supporting a London shipowner, who are searching for a qualified lawyer (from any jurisdiction) to fill a coveted in-house position. With few in-house opportunities available, we are excited to bring something new to the market.

The company manages an extensive fleet with a global reach. The work is both contentious and non-contentious, involving advice on legal, commercial, and practical matters. You can expect to review charterparties and bills of lading, respond to claims and emergencies, and oversee insurance, supplier agreements, and contract renewals, as well as ship sale and purchases.

These main advantages stood out for us when conversing with the head of the team:

  • Something different every day: Due to the unique requirements of a diversified fleet, the role provides the opportunity for real variety in your work. With training on offer to cover any parts of commercial shipping you are not yet familiar with, this is a chance to broaden your experience as a legal professional.
  • Flexibility: Our client keenly recognises the value of work from home flexibility. Past initial on-site training, you would have the option to work from home three days a week.
  • Better work/life balance: The significant advantage of a move in-house is the chance to take away the stress of billable hours and enjoy the stability of a 9-5 workday.

Our client is keen to look at qualified lawyers from multiple backgrounds. The role would be perfect for someone who will get stuck into a range of responsibilities with diligence and enthusiasm.

If you are interested in this opportunity or would like to discuss the market in detail, please get in touch.

Shipping In-house
Salary Details Available on Request

Wadkins Associates are working exclusively on an exciting opportunity to join a London shipowner. A rare and highly sought-after role, we are keen to bring this in-house opportunity to the market.

Our client manages a significant fleet with a diverse range of vessels. You would be responsible for a broad range of responsibilities from a contentious and non-contentious perspective. The role includes providing legal, commercial and practical advice including reviewing charterparties and bills of lading, claims and emergencies, insurance, security, contract renewals, supplier agreements and ship sale and purchases.

Through our conversation with the head of the team, we have pinpointed some of the real advantages in joining the group:

  •  No one day the same: This in-house role provides the opportunity for varied and interesting work. You will be able to broaden your experience across commercial shipping, replete with training for any areas you have not yet covered in your career.
  •  Work & life in balance: A chance to step away from billable hours whilst still working across an international platform. Enjoy valuable work in a consistently-structured workday.
  •  Best of both worlds: They are looking to maintain work from home flexibility, and after initial on-site training, you could work from home three days a week.

Our client is keen to find an England & Wales qualified candidate, between NQ and 5 PQE. This role is best suited for someone who will roll up their sleeves and take on a new set of responsibilities with a close attention to detail.

If you are interested in this opportunity or would like to discuss the market in detail, please get in touch.

Shipping Paralegal
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We are in contact with a high-tier firm in Newcastle who are looking to find a paralegal to work in their dry shipping team. One of the most sought-after firms in this sector, this is an excellent opportunity to find your place in a team with a reputation for high-calibre expertise and global influence.

The team enjoy a broad spread of contentious and commercial work in shipping contracts, from shipbuilding to charterparties and bills of lading, on behalf of insurers, charterers, traders, ship managers and owners.

Having been working recently with this client, we can highlight some of the advantages of joining the team:

  • Professional and highly motivated, the team is also personable and values a supportive ethos. The partners are keen to help their juniors in a work environment conducive to growth and development.
  • A firm with an international reputation and its pick of work, you would be assisting the team to represent significant clients on some of the most important current disputes.
  • The partners are looking to take on a paralegal with the possibility of a training contract to follow. As such, the role comes with strong career prospects, and the chance to learn from experienced partners.

We are looking for a candidate who has completed their Legal Practice Course (LPC), and ideally has some experience in shipping law.

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to hear more or to discuss the market in general, get in touch for a chat.

Shipping Litigation Associate
Competitive Market Salary

We are currently working with a frequent client of ours to find the right fit for an associate position in their dry shipping team in the north of England. One of the most reputable firms in the world, this is an opportunity to work in one of the few teams outside London to be consistently involved in some of the best dry shipping work on offer.

The team have been commended for their work in all contentious and commercial facets of shipping contracts, encompassing shipbuilding contracts, management agreements, charterparties and bills of lading, for clients including traders, insurers, charterers, ship managers and owners.

Being in good contact with the partners, we are well-placed to outline some of the advantages of finding your place in the team:

  • Good work environment: Definitely one of the more personable teams in which to work, not altogether common in the industry, you can look forward to a positive office culture of mutual support, valued as an associate and as a professional.
  • High quality caseload: An international name with a high-tier reputation, the team has the pick of its cases across the board in shipping litigation, promising important and varied disputes.
  • Unrivalled opportunity for development: the team’s close-knit operation means direct access to the expertise of partners. Noted in the legal 500, they are keen to pass on their skills and improve associates who see themselves progressing to a high standard in the legal industry.

The partners have suggested this position is perfect for junior associates with ties to the north, and at least some experience in shipping litigation. If the role suits your interest, please get in touch for a confidential discussion.

Dry Shipping Associate
Salary Details Available Upon Request

We are in contact with a well-regarded boutique firm, who are looking for a dry shipping associate to join their close-knit team. The firm specialises in maritime litigation with expertise in handling charterparties and bills of lading disputes.

You can expect:

  • A competitive market salary
  • High quality work
  • Close contact with partners
  • To work from home

This role is ideal for a smart NQ+ associate, quick to learn, and with a real drive to develop their career.

Working at a firm with a good work/life balance at the heart of its ethos, the firm have made the decision to work from home on a permanent basis. You need only to be UK-based, and with access to London if necessary.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please get in touch.

Dry Shipping Associate
Salary Details Available on Request

We are working closely with a well-reputed City Law Firm which is looking to grow their shipping litigation team here in London.

Your work will focus primarily on dry shipping but will cover some wet disputes as well.

From our conversation with the hiring partner, some of the key draws of this job include:

  • High quality of work. You will be working on matters on par with other leading City Law Firms.
  • Career advancement. Ambition and business development will be rewarded.

You will be between 2 to 8 PQE and common law qualified, with England and Wales qualified lawyers having an advantage. Due to the focus of the practice, a background in dry shipping will be preferred.

If the above role has caught your interest, do get in touch for a discreet discussion.

Shipping Litigation
Market Related
A well reputed international law firm in London has enlisted our support in their search for a dry / wet shipping lawyer.
This is a unique opportunity to join a tier 1 shipping firm in London. The firm is looking for exceptional solicitors that have a real passion for the shipping industry and are looking to progress their career. Highly regarded within the private practice space, the team is looking to expand and develop their offering to better serve their clients.
You will be England & Wales qualified with between 2 to 4 PQE. Any dry / wet shipping experience will be an advantage.
If the above role is of interest, do get in touch for more information.