Davies Battersby was founded in 1994 by Guy Davies and Patrick Battersby and we have over 28 years of legal excellence in international trade , commodities and commercial dispute resolution .   

Clients value our hands-on approach, personal attention, tenacity in every case and competitive price structure. We are a small team but offer personal service.  Our clients’ interests are paramount and we work hard to achieve the best possible outcome.

Our main area of expertise are in international trade/maritime law, soft commodities and commercial disputes .

We are skilled in arresting ships, dealing with cargo claims and achieving prompt commercial resolutions and complex multi jurisdictional problems  including by mediation.

We also handle major claims in the Commercial Court , and have had some notable successes including winning an arbitration appeal in the High Court,  taking a matter to the Appeal Court and obtaining worldwide freezing injunctions. We have a significant number of reported decisions as set out further on our website. 

What we offer

Cross Border Action

Many of the cases we handle cross international borders. This is no barrier to the help we can provide.

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Getting Results

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We are experts in marine, transportation and commercial matters

Our Areas of Expertise

Our primary area of expertise is commercial litigation, particularly related to shipping matters. Our experience of the tough, uncompromising international transportation market place ensures we are unwavering in the protection of our clients’ interests and work relentlessly to win a commercial advantage whatever the nature or value of their business or transaction.


  • Dispute resolution and mediation
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • Commercial Litigation


  • Admiralty and casualty claims
  • Arbitration including FOSFA, GAFTA, LCIA and LMAA
  • Charterparty and bills of lading disputes


  • Ship arrests
  • Shipping and International Trade
  • Soft commodity transactions
  • Subrogated marine insurance claims

What our clients say

Davies Battersby provide an exemplary team in Patrick Battersby and Melanie Nash. Their no nonsense diligent approach together with utmost professionalism, allows for an excellent client relationship and an expertise that gets results. Thank you again.

Roslyn Wheeler
Director, AGPL

I had a successful outcome due to well-focused and determined support from Davies Battersby. I felt I was in safe hands and this proved to be the case. I would use them again without hesitation.

Dermot Hanrahan
Dermot Hanrahan , Electric Media

I am very happy with your service, attention and professionalism and will strongly recommend you to contacts of mine.

Roland Watters
Roland Watters , Cavalle & Water S.L.

With both Don Felix and Haldoz accounts in principal settled: Congratulations dream team Battersby – Henriksen! Well done – I wish you a fantastic weekend.

Hassa Honger
Hassa Honger, Managing Director