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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Institute of Maritime Law - Wednesday Afternoon Seminar Seminar

14:00 - 15:00
27 November 2013
University of Southampton Highfield Campus Building 06, Room 1077

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Institute Secretary at .

Event details

Richard Coles (Gateley): "Ship Registration".

One particular contribution of the Institute of Maritime Law to the one-year LL.M. course in Maritime Law is the popular series of lectures by visiting practitioners, which take place every Wednesday afternoon in the Autumn and Spring terms. The speakers are all from the shipping and marine insurance industries and give students an insight into how the legal principles studied in the modules of the LL.M. Programme are put into practice in the world of shipping and international trade. The Spring Programme usually includes a boat trip around Southampton Docks.

The programme has been designed primarily for students studying maritime law options at postgraduate or undergraduate level. However, lectures are open to all law students who may find the topics of interest. The seminars are intended to complement your studies by providing insight into the legal, commercial and practical background of maritime law, material which goes beyond the content of normal academic lectures.

The lectures are organised by Prof P. Todd ( If you are interested in attending any of the seminars please contact the Institute Secretary ( to confirm that there is space available on the particular week. If you are interested in speaking in the seminars please email Prof. P. Todd for the availability over the next academic year 2014-2015.

Speaker Information

Richard Coles, London Partner, Gateley

Richard has specialised in the financing, construction, sale & purchase and registration of ships of all kinds for 39 years, focusing on superyachts for more than 16 years.

Richard is the author of Ship Registration: Law and Practice (2002) and its Second Edition (2009) and co-author of The Law of Yachts and Yachting (2012). He also advises in connection with ownership structures, yacht management, yacht broking, charters and other legal issues arising from the ownership or use of pleasure yachts and commercial vessels.

He represents yacht owners, lenders and yacht brokers as well as international trade associations involved in the superyacht industry. He is also a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators' Association and for many years served on a number of shipping industry committees.

He is a regular speaker in his chosen field at seminars and conferences.

In recent years he has advised clients engaged in the construction of several iconic megayachts, the purchase or sale of many superyachts and classic sailing vessels and the refinancing of commercial ships and yachts.

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