London’s world-renowned shipping law firms operate from some of the most prestigious real estate that money can buy.

Reed Smith’s high-rise head office boasts an impressive panoramic view of the City of London.

Norton Rose Fulbright partners can entertain clients from a balcony overlooking famous tourist attractions scattered along the River Thames.

But these spectacular vistas come at a high price.

And there are signs that shipping clients are shunning the attractions of the City and increasingly looking to source lower-cost legal services in the UK’s growing regional maritime law scene.