Max Lemanski


Max is an expert superyacht lawyer. He advises in relation to charters, newbuild construction projects, refurbishment contracts, sales, supporting contracts (such as guarantees, management and berthing agreements) and where required he advises on disputes both in the High Court and in arbitration. He works with superyacht owners, charterers and their brokers and advisors, as well as shipyards. He has an international client base, regularly speaks and attends a number of industry yacht events, provides bespoke seminars and workshops to clients as well as podcasts. His clients value his considerable expertise in all manner of negotiations and, if required, disputes. His easy manner with clients means he is sought-out for approachable and accessible advice across a range of both contentious and non-contentious superyacht matters.

Max has quickly established himself as a key player and a prominent figure in handling the highest value superyacht charters, deals, projects and disputes.


  • Negotiating terms of a construction project for a buyer of an innovative new shipbuilding design.
  • Negotiating terms of a bespoke berthing agreement and also a yacht management agreement for an ultra-high net worth owner (based in the Middle East).
  • Advised in relation to preventing the sale of a yacht, in relation to a high-value divorce litigation (with parties based around the EU).
  • Advising a high-net worth owner in relation to a yacht refurbishment dispute (settled via mediation).
  • Advising on a charterparty dispute (in the MYBA form) and obtaining a commercial settlement, following a passenger accident on board a superyacht.
  • Advising clients in relation to superyacht building disputes (from the points of view of buyer and builder), including termination of build contracts in both LMAA arbitration and in the High Court.
  • Advising an ultra-high net worth superyacht owner in relation to disputes arising out of a refit contract (within a yard based in the UK).
  • Acting in a dispute for the refund of a deposit paid under a yacht sale agreement.
  • Acting in a dispute for a charter terminated pursuant to a force majeure event.
  • Acting in a number of paint related disputes, following collisions, allisions and also damage caused by rust particles from a neighbouring refurbishment project.