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Shipping legislation is a highly complex area of shipping law. You will find that generally there are two types of shipping lawyer you can use. These are shipping lawyers who deal with commercial matters, and shipping lawyers who handle maritime litigation.

If you are in dispute over a shipping law issue, call us and we can recommend the right type of lawyer for your dispute.

What do shipping law firms do?

Shipping law firms work on two main types of case. The first type is dry shipping cases, which includes:

  • Contractual issues
  • Charter party disputes
  • Disputes about damage to cargo

The second types of cases are wet shipping cases, including:

  • Legal problems because a ship has sunk
  • Legal problems because there has been a collision at sea

The shipping lawyers who deal with the financial side of the shipping industry tend to have expertise in finance and banking, as they spend much of their time negotiating contracts for the new ships and handling other financial services such as loans.

As such, if you have a financial issue in the maritime industry, ensure you hire the right type of shipping lawyer to handle your case.

International elements

The international element of the maritime industry also has an impact on the shipping lawyer you will need to use. Your specific case could involve several shipping contractors which could be over a wide geographical area.

Look for a shipping lawyer who has experience in international shipping law, as they will have the breadth of knowledge you need to successfully handle your case. Most shipping law cases will have a multi-jurisdictional element with international laws and regulations also applying; as a result shipping law can become very complex.

Shipping law firms deal with a lot of procedural law, contractual law and international law and it is therefore important that the firm you are instructing is well-qualified and has sound knowledge of many types of law.

Shipping law firms can assist you if you are a business that needs to move goods by sea. You should be aware of the type of contract that you will be party to and who will be responsible for damage to your cargo.

Choosing a solicitor

Maritime law and commercial shipping are also handled by a variety of shipping lawyers. London is the centre of maritime law because it is also a centre for maritime insurance. Often, a shipping lawyer will straddle several areas of shipping law as they handle a case for their clients.

It is important to have a full and detailed understanding of what services you want from a shipping lawyer before we find a law firm that can provide those services.

You should instruct a firm of solicitors to:

  • Draft
  • Look over, any contractual agreement before a contract is entered into

You should also be aware of insurance for your goods and for the vessel. Many insurers do not cover boats that travel through certain waters and as a result you must check insurance policies against intended routes. Shipping law firms will be able to inform you of your responsibilities and what will happen should there be damage or loss of cargo.

Do you have shipping insurance? Read our page on marine insurance to find out more.

Shipping law is a niche area of law that is not practised by many solicitors. Contact Law can put you in touch with a solicitor who specialises in shipping law to handle any issues you may have prior to, or after a deal has been made with a shipbroker. Please call us on0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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