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The role of the superyacht lawyer

Mark Needham explains some of the legal challenges involved in the ownership and operation of luxury yachts

24 March 2015

When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them that I am a superyacht lawyer, the next question is usually: ‘So, what exactly does that mean?’ This is perhaps unsurprising, given that only a very privileged few members of society own a superyacht. Therefore, the opportunity for most people to gain an appreciation for the legal challenges associated
with my sector are rare.

With the above in mind, however, I hope to offer some insight into my role. To do so necessitates a touch of background about superyachts generally.

A superyacht is a luxury yacht (motor or sail-powered), which is usually professionally cr...

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