Stuart Dench Partner


Stuart Dench

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Stuart has over 22 years’ experience in dealing with shipping and maritime law matters, including charterparty disputes, bills of lading, ship sale and purchase disputes and acts on behalf of shipowners, charterers and commodity traders.

Stuart has recently acted in arbitrations regarding the termination of long term charters, unsafe port claims and bunker contamination claims. Stuart's recently-reported cases include Geden Operations v Dry Bulk Handy Holding Inc (The “Bulk Uruguay”) [2014] 2 Lloyds Rep 66, Shagang South-Asia (Hong Kong) Trading Co Ltd v Daewoo Logistics [2015] Lloyds Rep 21, SDTM-CI v Continental Lines N.V. (The “Sea Miror”) [2015] EWHC 1747 and MUR Joint Ventures BV v Compagnie Monegasque De Banque [2016] EWHC 3107.

Clients worked for

Tankers International LLC, Bocimar NV, FESCO, Exmar Shipmanagement, MUR Shipping, Conti Lines NV, Integra, Geden Lines and various P&I Clubs.


Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Stuart worked for an International Group P & I Club so has a broad experience of claims handling both within and outside a law firm. Stuart qualified in 1998 at Lawrence Graham and was at Lawrence Graham until setting up Lax & Co LLP in May 2007 with Mike Lax.

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