Marine law

Marine law solicitor

The joy of owning and operating a pleasure vessel is a compelling dream for many, but it has often been said that the two best days of a yacht owner’s life are the day they buy a boat, and the day they sell it.

With ever changing domestic and EU legislation, ownership and use can entail specific complexities. Whether you are a boat buyer, builder, surveyor, insurer or seller, there can be many unexpected and unique challenges for the unwary where the expertise of a specialist marine law solicitor is invaluable.

Tim Reynolds, a former boat builder himself, leads the Marine Law team and knows the sharp end from the blunt end when it comes to the complex issues involved. If it floats (or if it doesn’t!), we can help, providing informed and experienced advice, based on practical experience gained over 30 years in this unique field of law.

Our marine law team deal with both personal and corporate clients, and in relation to a wide variety of marine related subject matters ranging from international acquisitions to foreshore rights. We deliver the dreams, and try to end the nightmares.

Ranked in the Legal 500

The ‘excellent’ shipping practice of Verisona Law ‘impresses with high-quality instructions and advice’. It assists individuals, corporations and organisations with contracts, environmental planning, and the construction, acquisition, operation and disposal of ships, shoreside properties and businesses, with additional support from the firm’s insolvency and restructuring, employment and litigation departments.

The marine team manage yacht construction, technical, contractual and professional negligence disputes. A recent highlight was the advice provided to caravan site operator St Hermans Estate Company on the impact of a planned coastal path in Hayling Island concerning public access to the client’s sites, and its potential routing across land. ‘Outstandingly knowledgeable’ key partner Tim Reynolds is a trained engineer and boatbuilder; he is a ‘great negotiator’ and ‘provides a superb service, interacts well with clients and fights their corner with determination’.

Provides superb service, interacts well with clients and fights their corner with determination.

A great negotiator.

Sensationally helpful and extremely practical.

Worth every penny!! Thank you.

Tim Reynolds - Head of Marine Law

Tim is Head of the Marine team at Verisona Law. Tim specialises in marine and admiralty law particularly in relation to pleasure vessels and is recognised as one of the foremost experts in the field, addressing a vast range of issues from contractual to technical, via the statutory and occasionally bizarre.

Practising internationally, Tim represents owners, insurers, boatyards and high profile marine organisations, as well as those buying or selling their boats. Tim is regarded as one of the foremost marine lawyers in the UK, serving a client base ranging from leading industry names and marine institutions to private individuals and clubs.

In recent years Tim has been instructed in projects and cases ranging from the multi million acquisition and full restoration of large well known classic sailing and motor yachts, the pre purchase verification of Dunkirk Little ships participation in Operation Dynamo through contemporary records, through to the establishment and protection of ancient manorial rights of mooring, as well as the sale, purchase, management and provision of business support to a wide range of marine business ranging from large shipyards down to small chandleries.

Tim is also a Leading Individual in the prestigious Legal 500 guide 2021.

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Tim Reynolds
Principal Lawyer and Southern Region Head of Marine

Tim is Head of the Marine at Verisona Law. Tim specialises in marine and admiralty law particularly in relation to pleasure vessels and is recognised as one of the foremost experts in the field, addressing a vast range of issues from contractual to technical, via the statutory and occasionally bizarre.

Practising internationally, Tim represents owners, insurers, boatyards and high profile marine organisations, as well as those buying or selling their boats.

Tim is regarded as one of the foremost marine lawyers in the UK, serving a client base ranging from leading industry names and marine institutions to private individuals and clubs.

In recent years Tim has been instructed in projects and cases ranging from the multi million acquisition and full restoration of large well known classic sailing and motor yachts, the pre purchase verification of Dunkirk Little ships participation in Operation Dynamo through contemporary records, through to the establishment and protection of ancient manorial rights of mooring, as well as the sale, purchase, management and provision of business support to a wide range of marine business ranging from large shipyards down to small chandleries.

Tim is also a Leading Individual in the prestigious Legal 500 guide 2019.

Client testimonials

“A great negotiator.”

“Provides superb service, interacts well with clients and fights their corner with determination.”

“Sensationally helpful and extremely practical.”

“Worth every penny!! Thank you.”

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Natalie Chance
Team Assistant - Marine

Natalie works as a Team Assistant to the Marine Law Team. Natalie provides day to day support, transcribing and producing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.

Natalie has been a Legal Secretary for 31 years and has worked at Verisona Law since 1988.

In her spare time Natalie enjoys socialising with family and friends.