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Contentious and non-contentious expertise for ship owners and operators, P&I Clubs and marine insurers, yacht and cargo interests, port operators and intermediaries, and dealing with all maritime concerns including hull, protection and indemnity, cargo and goods-in-transit.
Maritime law covers a vast range of issues with one thing in common – their potential to impact on the commercial performance of the organisations involved. With so many different areas of concern, experienced legal advice based on a thorough understanding of the shipping business and its associated activities is an essential requirement.
Weightmans' Maritime Law team is truly expert in this field, having a lengthy association with maritime affairs and unmatched experience in handling the complexities of law in both routine and non-routine circumstances.
Whatever category of business you represent, with Weightmans you will benefit from the highest level of expertise, founded on sound technical understanding of the issues and informed by clear understanding of the commercial implications.
For ship owners and operators, our expert lawyers handle disputes under bills of lading, charter parties and carriage agreements, claims for stevedore damage, demurrage, hire, freight and other debts.
We advise on all aspects of marine insurance including protection and indemnity. We advise on shipbuilding, repair and conversion contracts and disputes, and deal with marine personal injury investigations and claims.
In addition, we advise on hull and yacht insurance market conditions and policy disputes. We also deal with ship, superyacht and yacht casualties involving collisions, groundings, salvage and pollution and related regulatory inquiries.
Our services relating to cargo and goods-in-transit include dealing with claims arising from the movement of goods, including cargo recoveries and claims involving ship casualties, salvage and general average.
We advise on liability, quantum and jurisdiction claims and issues under the CMR Convention and standard trading conditions. We regularly handle cases involving multi-modal transport and carriage of goods by road and rail and during warehousing and forwarding. We also advise on market cargo conditions and policy disputes.
For port and terminal operators, ship management and logistics companies, forwarding agents, other intermediaries and their insurers, we offer a further array of services. These include handling claims involving damage to property or equipment, loss or delay in delivery of cargo, responsibility for pollution and environmental damage, personal injuries and regulatory advice.
In all areas, we provide effective enforcement measures including ship arrests, liens, freezing orders and emergency court procedures. In non-contentious matters, we advise on and draft user agreements, carriage and charter contracts and related standard terms and conditions, ship sale and purchase and registration and mortgage requirements.
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