Marine Law

Marine law

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.

We 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.

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Ranked in 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 latter acts specifically in yacht construction and 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'.

Legal 500, 2019

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  • Tim Reynolds

    Tim Reynolds

    Director - Head of Marine

    T: 023 9231 2052

    M: 07793 366 137



  • Technical construction disputes.
  • Contractual disputes.
  • Marine conveyancing.
  • Title disputes.
  • Salvage and towage.
  • Recreational Craft Directive/Maritime and Coastguard Agency compliance.
  • Marine related personal injury and fatalities.
  • Specialist marine new build/rebuild/conversion agreements.
  • Marine distribution, agency and specialist services contract preparation.
  • Outflagging, ownership vehicles and registration issues.
  • VAT procedures and disputes.
  • Ships Title investigation.
  • Marine Brokerage, Surveying and Mortgage and Insurance disputes.

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