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Portrait of Sarah Allan
Areas of expertise: Shipping, Marine, trade and energy


A partner in the London office, Sarah is a key member of the yacht team and wider shipping group. She has developed particular expertise in yacht-related matters and advises owners, managers and yards on contracts relevant to superyacht operations, including sale and purchase transactions, re-fit, yacht charters and management agreements. She also advises on yacht and superyacht claims and disputes, including casualties and disputes under such contracts. As a Spanish speaker, she works closely with her colleagues in the Madrid office, as well as the other international offices.

Sarah is an accomplished sailor and yachtmaster who has competed at international sailing events and worked on yachts. She has developed a practice in advising on matters relating to sailing regattas and racing incidents, including collisions. She also acts alongside the personal injury team in the event of more serious injury.

With a background in shipping law, and having worked for an International Group P&I club, Sarah is regularly instructed on a broad range of commercial shipping matters including charterparty and bill of lading disputes, and insurance claims and coverage disputes. She also advises on regulatory issues, including crew issues arising under the Maritime Labour Convention.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising on the purchase of a new build, semi-custom superyacht from an Italian yard. This also involved working with the yacht managers to set up the ownership structure and drafting the finance agreements.
  • Assisting superyacht owners and charterers with disputes arising from the Covid-19 pandemic under their charter agreements, including cancellations.
  • Advising owners and insurers on defending a crew claim for personal injuries which occurred on a round the world yacht race.
  • Acting for the owners in relation to a claim by cargo receivers for damage to steel coils secured for €900,000. Sarah worked with Penningtons Manches Cooper’s Spanish office to defend the cargo claims, and then pursued a claim against charterers under the time charterparty.

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