Meet Our Team
Quentin Bargate qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and has since spent his entire career in top City of London law firms. He is head of the firm’s Superyachts group and is an expert in yacht contracts and other commercial contract work. Quentin also leads the firm’s Dispute Resolution practice.
Quentin was a partner for over 14 years in Simmons & Simmons, one of London’s premier law firms. He was head of the firm’s International Trade and Shipping Group and a member of the Litigation Department and Arbitration Groups. At Simmons & Simmons, Quentin developed his specialised skills in superyacht/megayacht contracts and disputes as well as commercial shipping and trade.
In 2004, Quentin fulfilled a lifetime ambition when he set up his own law firm, Quentin Bargate & Co. (renamed Bargate Murray in 2006).
In Chambers and Partners High Net Worth guide 2016, Quentin is praised as someone who “always provides excellent advice, and is also very commercially oriented” as well as being “a pleasure to work with”. Chambers recognises that “Quentin is known for acting for some very prominent UHNW yacht owners” adding that “certain HNW clients want to use him exclusively”.
Quentin is an advocate for alternative dispute resolution (ADR), but he also deals with cases in court when required. He occasionally sits as an arbitrator.
Quentin is a member of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands yacht committee. He holds a Master’s degree in Marine law, is a member of the LMAA, a Member of the Nautical Institute, a member of the IOD and a Freeman of the City of London.
His other interests include photography (Elsevier has published a technical book on stock photography “Microstock Photography” written by Quentin under his pen name Douglas Freer), music and his family.
Some recent cases managed by Quentin include:
- Consolidated Contractors (Oil and Gas) Company SAL (acting by Mr. Lee Manning as receiver) v Canadian Nexen Petroleum Yemen & Others  EWHC 837 (QB).Cross border receivership litigation involving Yemeni, Lebanese and English law (amongst others), concerning the unprecedented attempt by an English court-appointed receiver to gain control of foreign assets located in the Middle East. The case eventually settled
- Gamit Ltd v Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp & Anor  EWHC 989. Successfully defending the maintenance division of a jet engine manufacturer in a dispute over title to replacement jet engine parts
- Madoff Securities International Ltd (In liquidation) v Raven & Ors  EWHC 3147. Defending a director allegedly involved in a global Ponzi scheme in litigation brought by the liquidator of an English Company
- Street v Larkins  EWHC 1408 (Ch). Representing the Defendants in their successful defence of an interim application for a freezing injunction and the Defendants successful application for wasted costs. The Defendants were awarded their wasted costs on the basis of the Claimants’ unreasonable refusal to consent to an adjournment of the trial date. Claimants’ application for freezing injunction was dismissed on the grounds of failing to establish a “good arguable” case during the trial window
- Charterparty dispute advice
- Successfully litigating and eventually settling on favourable terms a highly complex and fractious corporate dispute between shareholders, where the majority shareholders sought to exclude our clients from their share of the profits in a real estate investment vehicle by devising elaborate commercial structures across a number of European jurisdictions. The settlement included payment to our clients of a substantial cash payment and the agreement on the part of the Defendants to pay our client’s costs on an indemnity basis
- Successfully settling a professional negligence action brought by a high net worth individual with considerable real estate investments which were exposed by the repeated failures of a renowned top 20 law firm
Some of Quentin’s recent transactions include:
- $200m new build contract advice for an award-winning superyacht
- Advice on Seafarer Employment Agreements, including in regard to the first yacht successfully to pass an MLC audit for the Cayman flag.
- Advice in importation of several yachts in to the European Union for VAT purposes, and on Temporary Admission matters.
- Sale of a 61m superyacht to a Russian buyer
- Purchase of a 48m Superyacht and its commercial registration and use
- Yacht management agreements for leading yacht managers
- Aviation and maritime advice in regard to a UHNW individual
- Acting for a yacht builder in regard to construction agreements
For more information, or to get in touch with Quentin, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Ramlugon is the firm’s Managing Partner and has extensive experience in superyacht and a wide range of other commercial matters. His client base includes UHNW individuals, family offices, private banks, yacht managers and other law firms that require English legal advice in connection with superyachts or other luxury assets.
His practice covers both transactional and contentious work. This means he is able to advise his clients on every aspect of the ownership, use and enjoyment of their luxury assets, be they superyachts, private jets, classic cars or fine art.
Clients praise Adam’s attention to detail, and his ability to advise on a wide array of legal issues in a clear and approachable way. Here are some of the things Adam’s clients and contacts say about him:
“Top superyacht lawyer”
“I cannot recommend him enough”
“[in relation to a superyacht project] we couldn’t do this without you!”
Adam is a member of the Royal Thames Yacht Club and a regular contributor to Yacht Investor magazine, where he helps keep the industry up to date with the latest relevant legal developments.
Examples of Adam’s work include:
Superyachts and Luxury Assets
- Superyacht construction, sale and purchase, tax and regulatory advice
- Jet and superyacht finance
- VAT advice as it pertains to superyachts and other luxury assets
- Advising on the applicability of the EU Temporary Admission regime (among other forms of tax/customs duty) relief as they apply to both yachts and aircraft
- Advising on the security measures to be implemented on a €200m superyacht
- Yacht registration and ownership matters
- Company re-domiciliation
- Advising on the effects of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC). Adam and the team enjoyed the privilege of working with the first Cayman flagged yacht to be awarded its MLC certificate of compliance.
- Preparing MLC-compliant Seafarer Employment Agreements.
Commercial Dispute Resolution
- Large commercial arbitration work, pursuant to LMAA rules (among others)
- Resolving disputes pursuant to expert determination procedures
- Warranty claims under construction contracts
- Insurance based litigation
- Dispute resolution including arbitration work under LMAA Rules and ad hoc references
Reported cases with which Adam has been involved include:
- Consolidated Contractors (Oil and Gas) Company SAL (acting by Mr. Lee Manning as receiver) v Canadian Nexen Petroleum Yemen & Others
- Acting for a court-appointed receiver of a judgment debtor company. The international arbitration was expedited and heard over a two day hearing in Geneva, and involved complex multiple systems of law including Yemeni, Lebanese, and English law in what was a ground-breaking attempt by an English court-appointed receiver to gain control of foreign assets (in this case oil situate in Yemen).
- Gamit Ltd v Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp & Anor  EWHC 989
- Defending the maintenance division of German jet engine manufacturer MTU in a dispute over title to replacement jet engine parts of some $20m
For more information, or to get in touch with Adam, please email email@example.com
Mark Needham is a specialist superyacht lawyer with significant experience acting for the owners, family offices, owner’s representatives, trustees and fiduciaries of some of the most significant superyachts in the world as well as superyacht related businesses. Mark’s superyacht practice is comprehensive and he offers clients a complete service.
Clients and contacts describe Mark as a “great marine lawyer”, “diligent, professional”, as someone who can “take charge of a transaction” and who “above all gets the job done in a no nonsense manner”.
To complement his superyacht practice, Mark also assists clients with the sale, purchase and ownership of luxury assets including private jets, helicopters and aviation engines. As well as having a strong transactional/advisory practice, Mark also holds Higher Rights of Audience before the senior civil courts of England and Wales (rights which are held by less than 5% of all English solicitors) and acts for clients in both litigation and arbitration.
Mark grew up in the Cayman Islands and as such has friends and business contacts in a number of international jurisdictions including the Caribbean, Canada and the USA. Mark is a member of the Royal Thames Yacht Club.
Examples of Mark’s work include:
Superyachts and Luxury Assets
- Advising on sale and purchase transactions
- Yacht construction, refit, conversion and paint projects
- VAT/tax (and the associated structuring)
- Yacht finance/re-finance
- Flagging, crew employment, berth sale and purchase
- Regulatory compliance (including MLC 2006)
- Tender and support ship sale and purchase
- Security arrangements
- Drafting and negotiating a wide variety of superyacht related agreements such as yacht management, technical management, project management, yacht design, furniture supply, charter, sales and central agency agreements
- The sale, purchase and ownership of luxury assets including private jets, helicopters, aviation engines, and other luxury assets including classic cars.
- Mark has also advised on the short-term lease of luxury private islands
Reported cases that Mark has acted on include:
- Street v Larkins EWHC 1408 (Ch)
- Madoff Securities v Stephen Raven & Ors EWHC 3102 (Comm)
For more information, or to get in touch with Mark, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilona Avramenko joined Bargate Murray as a Supperyacht and Aviation Associate in October 2016. She focuses on advising UHNW individuals, companies, family offices and banks on various yachting and aviation matters, particularly within the executive jet sector.
Ilona has over ten years experience in the maritime industry having both worked in a shipping company and a private equity fund.
She grew up in both Canada and Ukraine and maintains strong ties to the Black Sea region.
Examples of Ilona’s work include:
- Sale and purchase, construction, registration and VAT/importation of yachts
- Sale and purchase of corporate aircraft including financing, registration and VAT/importation
- Construction of new aircraft
- More generally, advising clients on a wide range of commercial documents including share acquisition agreements, business and asset sale and purchase agreements, share transfer agreements, guarantees and security agreements
- Advising companies and banks on the sale and purchase, mortgage registration and enforcement of security documents
- Advising on various contractual matters both contentious and non-contentious including aircraft repossession
Ilona assisted in the founding of Black Sea Shipowners’ Club which is a non-profit organisation established by the major ship owners in Russia, Ukraine and Turkey with the aim of protecting and promoting ship owners’ interests.
Andre Yeghiazarian joined Bargate Murray as an Associate in November 2016 prior to which he gained experience at a general shipping practice acting for Owners, Charterers, Shipbuilders, Insurers and High Net Worth individuals. Andre is a graduate of the University of Warwick (LLB) and University of Law (LPC).
Examples of Andre’s work include:
- disputes in relation to:
- Charterparties and Bills of Lading;
- Shipbuilding Contracts; and
- Broader commercial matters.
- obtaining security for claims in disputes through ship arrests.
- filing and serving formal demands for debts owed by individuals and companies.
- involved in non-contentious matters in the Shipping contexts including the sale of shares under a private agreement and novation of vessels.
His other interests include music, sailing and scuba diving.
Edd Bargate joined Bargate Murray in May 2013 as a part-time office assistant after studying for his business diploma. He assists with the everyday running of the firm by fulfilling clerical and administrative duties such as filing, copying and managing supply levels and equipment maintenance procedures.
Edd has also been involved with a number of promotional projects such as our own annual networking event in Monaco as well as partnerships with other events.
Outside of work, Edd is a keen car enthusiast and DJ.
For more information, or to get in touch with Edd, please email email@example.com
PA to Senior and Managing Partner
Lauren Stephens is our office administrator and the PA to the Senior Partner and Managing Partner. She is an ILex trained and qualified legal secretary. Lauren joined Bargate Murray as a student in 2009 working part time and assisting the Practice Manager in the administration of the firm.
Upon qualifying in the summer of 2010, Lauren joined the Bargate Murray team on a full time basis. She is in charge of the smooth operation of the firm and ensures that each client receives the high level of client care on offer at Bargate Murray.
In 2012, Lauren became PA to the Senior Partner and manages Quentin’s busy schedule. In 2015, Lauren became PA to the Managing Partner, Adam Ramlugon and works closely with the partners assisting with the management of the firm.
Lauren also assists with the organisation and preparation of a number of events, three of which have been held over consecutive years at the Monaco Yacht Show.
Outside of work, Lauren is incredibly family orientated. She likes to spend time with her family including her twin sister. Lauren is an animal lover and is particularly fond of her “Jug” dog (Jack Russell/Pug), Foxy.
For more information, or to get in touch with Lauren, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Bargate joined the firm in September 2013 after completing his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Warwick. His mission is to raise the online profile of Bargate Murray through a diverse range of marketing tactics.
In his spare time, Alex is a keen classical and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, as well as a budding entrepreneur in the tech start-up world, to which his web development skills make him ideally suited.
For more information, or to get in touch with Alex, please email email@example.com
Tel: +44 (0) 207 375 1393
Caroline Antlett joined Bargate Murray in 2016 as our superyacht and business development consultant. She runs the Palma office and is actively involved in raising the profile of the company across the superyacht industry and works closely with her colleagues on marketing and brand management.
Caroline has a diploma in Superyacht Management. Prior to joining Bargate Murray she spent two years as a yacht manager and so is well placed to provide technical consultancy on many superyacht legislative matters.
Caroline originally entered the superyacht industry from the crew side and spent six years sailing the world as a private chef on superyachts. This took her to many locations, from glitzy Monaco to remote islands off Papua New Guinea.
In her free time, Caroline enjoys anything related to the sea or travel and especially the opportunity to return to superyachts for regattas.
For more information, or to get in touch with Caroline, please email firstname.lastname@example.org