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Stuart Dench is a key partner at Lax & Co LLP. Sources praise his "good judgement and commercial awareness," and go on to state that "his legal advice is very precise and comprehensible."

Mike Lax's clients note that he "gives quick decisive answers to complex questions and performs well." He has previously acted for the likes of Tankers International and Exmar.


Michael Lax of Lax & Co LLP is "a phenomenally good solicitor" with expertise in dry shipping litigation, marine insurance disputes and international trade matters.


This boutique firm is a major player in the dry shipping arena, where it represents numerous industry participants on charter-party disputes and other claims. The team also has expertise in admiralty work, including salvage and collisions. Clients describe the group as "attentive and extremely knowledgeable".

Client Service: "Lax & Co offers swift and practical advice. In terms of service, they are one of the best".

KEY INDIVIDUALS: Michael Lax is highly regarded as a "no nonsense lawyer who sees where the issues are and defends cases vigorously". With a practice that encompasses both wet and dry work, Lax has invaluable experience in the shipping field. This past year he has continued to act in the high profile Fiona Trust litigation. Stuart Dench is a highly regarded shipping lawyer who wins praise for his client service. Sources say “Stuart doesn’t tell you what you want to know, he is a little more pragmatic, if he thinks a position is untenable, he is not afraid of saying so".


Lax & Co is able to punch well above its weight, often going head to head with the larger London firms. It is highly regarded for its dry shipping expertise. Clients say: "They are exceptionally accessible – we are always in communication with them. They have very much integrated into our day-to-day business processes".

KEY INDIVIDUALS: Michael Lax is the senior partner at the firm. He is described by clients as "sharp, quick and efficient." Recently he has been heavily involved in the widely reported Fiona Trust case. Michael Lax is singled out for his dedication and tenacity. Clients note that his "instincts are hugely impressive."

December 18th, 2015

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