The legal experts for Superyachts, Ports & Harbours and the Marine Industry.

Nick Horton

Nick Horton is the founding director at Dorade Law. He has specialised in the legal issues affecting the yacht and marine industries since the mid-1980s and has a rare depth of knowledge and hands on experience in the subject.

He has been regularly cited as a leader in his field both by Chambers Directories and the Legal 500 over the last 25 years. His practice particularly involves the negotiation of newbuild and refit contracts and related services, including the management and resolution of disputes.

He read law at Merton College, Oxford, attended law school in the City of London and trained with the leading yacht law firm of the time. He is a trained mediator.

Gus Lewis

Gus Lewis is a Director of Dorade Law. Gus previously spent 10 years heading up the Royal Yachting Association’s legal department where he gained extensive experience in negotiating with Government and regulators at all levels.

Before joining the RYA senior management team he was in private practice with ranked specialist maritime law teams where he focussed on the yacht and superyacht sectors and their associated industries. Gus’s experience advising port and harbour authorities combined with his comprehensive understanding of the interests of their stakeholders gives him a unique insight into the issues and challenges facing these sectors.

Gus trained and qualified with Clifford Chance and is a trained mediator. Gus is an active sailor and powerboater, holding a commercial RYA/MCA Yachtmaster certificate. Gus also holds a private pilot’s licence.

Andrew Hignett

Andrew HignettAndrew Hignett is a nationally recognised planning lawyer. Heading up the planning team at regional firm, Lester Aldridge, for fifteen years he has worked increasingly in the marine sector over that period and is now a consultant solicitor at Dorade Law.

Andrew acts exclusively for ports, harbour authorities and other key players in the ports industry. His expertise includes: promoting numerous harbour revision orders authorising port development; modernising port authority regulatory powers and duties; negotiating agreements for the development and use of new harbour facilities in the UK and overseas; judicial review of marine-related projects, particularly in relation to compliance with EU environmental law; advising on the environmental duties of port authorities under domestic and EU legislation; and promoting powers of general direction for port authorities by way of private legislation.

Andrew provided the regulatory and operational frameworks for the London 2012 Olympic sailing events in Weymouth & Portland, including the creation of a temporary harbour authority, in order to ensure that commercial port operations were unaffected by the Olympic events while the necessary security arrangements were maintained.

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