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David Enríquez

David Enríquez joined the firm in 2000. He specializes in maritime law; energy law; transportation law; seaport regulation; public bids; international commercial contracts; arbitration & competition law. Head of the maritime and off-shore energy law practice group.

  • LL.B. Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara (1997).
  • LL.M. Maritime Law, Instituto Europeo de Estudios Marítimos, Gijón, Spain (1998).
  • LL.M. Maritime Law, Southhampton University, Southhampton, England (1999).
  • PhD/SJD Maritime Law, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico ( 2002).
  • Diploma on International Economic Policy, London School of Economics, London, UK (2004).
  • International Bar Association.
  • Inter-American Bar Association
  • The Ibero-American Institute of Maritime Law
  • Institute for Energy Law.
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

The Maritime Law Practice:

Our practice includes both seaport regulation and related matters on maritime transport and logistics, as well as comprehensive consulting for commissioning vessels, oil rigs and other naval artifacts to the offshore oil and gas industry.

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados :

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados (GRA) is one of the most prestigious, widely respected and innovative law firms in Mexico City.

With more than 75 years of experience, Goodrich has a long tradition of standing alongside its clients when helping them make their business objectives a reality. By means of a cross practice among service areas and industry teams, our carefully trained lawyers achieve an innovative approach towards the rendering of contemporary legal services tailored to the demanding business community worldwide.

From its inception (1934) to the present, the firm has specialized in representing companies doing business in Mexico in all legal aspects at every level. The vast majority of its clients are medium and large companies, some of which are in the “Fortune 500” category. more >>

Tomás M. Ávila Manzanares

Tomás Manuel Ávila Manzanares is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Panama. He has postgraduate studies in Public Law and a Masters Degree in Commercial law.

Tomás was admitted in 1991 and has extensive experience in shipping law and his practice of more than 20 years involves a broad range of ship finance and ship registration work, all cases being cross-border transactions. His work has been praised by his clients and peers, as commentated in Chambers’ Global Guide to Leading Lawyers and The Legal 500.

Tomás served as president of the Panama Maritime Law Association from 2004 to 2008 and is currently chairing the Organizing Committee of the Panama Maritime World Conference & Exhibition.

He is “very dedicated to shipping” according to peers. Sources highlight his proactive approach and work ethic.” – Chambers Latin America 2013.


AVILA & CO. is a Panamanian law firm incorporated in 2009 to serve from Panama the international maritime industry and financiers. We have been conceived as a ‘boutique firm’, meaning we cater to clientele on a special field of the law. Notwithstanding the novelty of the law firm, its founders, management and staff are well experienced in the field, as recognized and commended by international editorials and publications, such as Chambers’ Global Guide to Leading Lawyers, Chambers’ Global Latin America Leading Lawyers and Legal 500.

Our firm provides comprehensive advice to shipowners, vessel operators, charterers, ship agents, ship registration consultants, financial institutions, insurers, underwriters and brokers in contentious and non-contentious issues. Our clientele may rely on our experience in cross-border transactions to obtain a quick response from our firm and assistance around the clock, as required in the shipping industry.

AVILA & CO. assists its clients in ship registration affairs under the Panama flag, which includes the obtainment of all navigation licenses and technical certificates, as well as any other documents which must be obtained through the offices of the Merchant Marine General Directorate of the Panama Maritime Authority for the safe operation of a vessel.

We also provide advice on the purchase and sale of vessels, as well as on ship finance, including registration of ship mortgages, execution of pledges and other securities on behalf of the Borrowers and the Finance Providers.

AVILA & CO. may also set-up special purpose corporations for shipowners and ship financers alike and provide you with all the related services, such as incorporation of companies in Panama and other jurisdictions, registration of minutes, modification, merger, dissolution and redomiciliation of corporations.

So, if your business requires assistance from Panama that is committed to providing you personal support, answers and results, then we are clearly your choice. more >>

Vivienne M. Gouthro

Mrs. Vivienne M. Gouthro is a corporate and commercial lawyer with experience in chambers in England, Spain, Gibraltar and The Bahamas. She is chair of the firm’s Maritime and Aviation Practice Group and specializes in ship and international finance, acting primarily for financial institutions and providing legal advice on complex international finance matters and commercial acquisitions and sales. She also assists ship owners with the registration of pleasure yachts and large commercial vessels on the Bahamian Register of Ships.

Vivienne is also a part of the firm’s Commercial Law Practice, Real Estate and Development Practice, Private Client and Wealth Management Practice and Intellectual Property Practice Groups and counsels clients in the sale and purchase of real estate and related financing as well as on matters relating to Wills, Probate and Administration of Estates, Intellectual Property and Immigration Law. She acts for some of the major local banks and local hotels and has assisted in the purchase and financing of large developments.

After four years at Higgs & Johnson’s Nassau chambers, Vivienne moved to Freeport to reopen the firm’s offices in Freeport, Grand Bahama. She became a Partner of the firm in 2002 and currently serves as the managing partner of the Freeport office. Her practice extends to provide a full range of corporate services to clients through the firm’s affiliate, H&J Corporate Services Ltd., including the incorporation and licensing of local companies.

Vivienne earned an LL.M. from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London and a B.A. (Hons) in English and Spanish Law from the University of Kent in England and Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1993 and completed her pupillage in Gibraltar. In December 1995 she joined Higgs & Johnson’s Nassau office as a Registered Associate. Vivienne was called to the Bahamas Bar in September 2007.

Shipping Law Practice:

The Bahamas is the world’s third largest shipping registry and clear leader in tonnage of passenger ships. The firm has acted in the registration and financing of much of the tonnage presently on the Bahamian Registry. The Cayman office is also experienced in registering pleasure yachts and commercial vessels and has strong links with the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry Member of the Red Ensign Group of British Registries and holds a Category 1 status, which facilitates the registration of vessels of any size or type provided that quality standards are met.

The firm works with the leading shipping Firms in London and elsewhere to provide efficient and cost effective service to shipping clients. With an awareness of time pressures which usually accompany these transactions, the Shipping department is organised to accommodate these time constraints.

Higgs & Johnson:

Higgs & Johnson, a leading law firm in The Bahamas, is also one of the country’s oldest and largest, with an international reputation for sound legal advice that spans more than half a century. Distinctive among top Caribbean law firms, Higgs & Johnson is a full-service commercial practice that gives personal and reliable service to our clients built on exceptional experience, insight and excellence.

On 1 January 2009, Higgs & Johnson became the first Bahamian law firm to expand outside of The Bahamas through its merger with the Cayman law firm Truman Bodden & Company. This merger showcases the first law practice to straddle both The Bahamas and the Cayman Islands. The Cayman office is a general legal practice and has particular expertise in mutual funds, offshore investment vehicles, captive insurance and capital markets transactions, insolvency, civil litigation and real estate.

Since its independence from Great Britain in 1973, The Bahamas has been governed by a written constitution that proclaims it a Sovereign Democratic State, establishes requirements for citizenship and guarantees fundamental human rights. The Bahamas is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. The system of Government is based on the British Westminster model. The Constitution provides for an independent judiciary, including a Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, with final appeals to Her Majesty’s Privy Council in England.

The firm’s affiliates, H&J Corporate Services, Ltd., H&J Corporate Services (Cayman) Ltd., H&J Management Services Ltd., and H&J Fiduciary Services Ltd. provide a full range of company formation and estate management services, respectively.

Languages: English, Spanish, French, Bahasa Malaysia, Afrikaans, Mandarin more >>

Carlos Costa e Silva

Carlos Costa e Silva joined the firm in 1997. He is currently a partner.

He provides legal advice in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Insolvency, Shipping, Transport and Energy (Oil and Gas). He regularly represents clients in court and arbitral proceedings as well as in insolvency matters. His expertise in the area of Shipping and Transport is highly recognized both at a domestic and international level. He is regularly engaged in representing clients in shipping matters involving both litigation and contractual issues and provides legal advice in the structuring and preparation of ship finance projects. He has also expertise in the area of energy (Oil and Gas).

Since 2006, he has been in charge of preparing and giving annual lectures in association with IIR, one of Portugal’s most popular training programs, on the fundamentals of shipping law to Portuguese in house counsels and corporate officers.

He has been with the firm since the start of his career as trainee in 1997 and in 2001 he began to work as in-house Counsel for the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Angola with specific responsibility for Tax issues arising from the import/export of Oil.

He is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers & Partners Europe.

Shipping Law Practice:

The firm has a dedicated team of shipping lawyers specializing in all aspects of shipping law and related disciplines, such as vessel acquisition and asset finance, international tax planning and employment, all within an integrated practice. It offers specialist shipping advice in the areas of wet and dry litigation, mortgage enforcement and arrest, and pollution and insurance. It has acted for banks, owners, charterers, carriers, P&I Clubs, insurers and all other intermediaries and agents involved in the shipping market.

Barrocas & Associados:

The firm offers a full range of legal services with particular strengths in mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, commercial contracts, banking and finance, capital markets, energy, telecommunications, commercial dispute resolution, real estate, transport law and labor law, among others. The firm’s lawyers are qualified in both common and civil law jurisdictions.

It has been referred to in international legal directories such as the Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and PLC’s Which Lawyer. Several of its lawyers have also been specifically distinguished as leading experts in their fields by reputed law directories and international specialists. more >>

Maurizio Dardani

Maurizio Dardani, born in Genoa on 23rd April 1949, began his professional career in 1975 and progressively specialized in maritime law and international trade law, and is now considered one of the top experts in the field.

After having resigned from the law firm Balestra, Kielland, Dardani of which he was a partner, on 2004 he established Genoa Chambers, structure of cooperation among independent professionals, and on 2012 he established Dardani Studio Legale gathering a team of lawyers around himself.

He has handled difficult disputes as litigation lawyer, in Court and in Arbitration, in the areas of charterparties, shipbuilding, sale and purchase contracts and marine insurance, collision and salvage, oil pollution, and many of his cases have been reported. Beyond serving as Counsel to the parties in litigations, he is also frequently appointed as Arbitrator.

He regularly advises Italian and foreign shipowners particularly in transactions of ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding contracts, as well as in complex matters of ship financing which require expertise in different legislations.

He delivers lectures at conferences and has been referred to in many legal publications in the matter of carriage of goods by sea, laytime and demurrage, ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding contracts.

He is a member of the Genoa Bar and admitted to practice before the Italian Supreme Court. He is member of the executive committee of the Italian Association of Maritime Law. He speaks Italian, English and French.

Shipping Law Practice:

Maritime law, the law of transportation and the law of international trade are the core of our professional activity.

We deal with any kind of dispute, from the carriage of goods by sea to the charterparties, from the ship sale and purchase to the shipbuilding contracts, from the international sale of goods to the documentary credits and the relevant guarantees.

We appear as advocates in Court and arbitration.

We are able to give immediate assistance to Clients in any cautionary proceedings, as the arrest of ship or the lien on cargo.

We regularly provide assistance to Clients in any emergency situation, like salvage of vessel and cargo, collision, oil pollution and any insurance matter.

Our experience includes counseling and assisting Clients during contractual negotiations, in cross-border transactions, particularly with regard to the shipbuilding contracts, the ship sale and purchase and the ship financing.

We approach negotiations side by side with our Clients through all stages, including structuring of the transactions, preparation of documentation, transaction implementation and closing.

Our expertise extends, with the same care and attention, also to areas which are collateral and parallel to shipping. In particular our day by day practice involves commercial and corporate law, business transactions and competition law.

Dardani Studio Legale:

Dardani Studio Legale gathers different lawyers who share intellectual and professional values.

The firm originates from the professional activity of Avv. Maurizio Dardani who has practiced for more than thirty years and he is a specialist of maritime law, law of transportation and international trade, both in Italy and abroad. His expertise in such fields is well recognized.

Such long experience has turned into method and training, through the case by case practice and the in-depth study, that enables all members of the firm to face all scenarios and issues shipping related, so providing clients with highly qualified assistance.

At the same time, together with the development and the enhancement of this culture of maritime law, the firm has grown and has gained experience and expertise in different areas of practice also through the contribution of each of its members.
It is through this combination of different backgrounds that Dardani Studio Legale offers its clients legal services also in areas which are collateral and parallel to shipping. The lawyers of Dardani Studio Legale are members of Genoa Chambers (, structure where several professionals exercise their activity. more >>

Wim Fransen

(Kapellen, 26-07-1949) obtained a law degree at the Catholic University of Louvain (K.U.L.) in 1972. He obtained a postgraduate degree in maritime law and air law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 1975.

He worked as a lawyer at the Brussels Bar in the law firms of Botson & Associés and Goffin & Tacquet from 1974 until 1979, where he concentrated mainly on commercial law and labour law.

In 1975 he completed a traineeship with Meuren & Meuren in Mainz (Germany). In 1976 he worked as in-house counsel in the legal department of the Brussels town administration.

In 1979 he undertook a traineeship at the West of England P&I Club in London and, at the request of a leading Belgian shipping company, he started his own firm in Antwerp in which he specialised in commercial law, with a particular emphasis on maritime law.

Over the years he has represented almost all the major Ship owners and P&I Clubs in the world.

Wim Fransen is regularly appointed as an Arbitrator in disputes regarding marine insurance law.

He advises the Belgian Ministries of Transport and Justice in general matters of maritime law and incorporation of International Conventions into Belgian maritime law.

By Royal Decree of 29th May 2007 he was appointed as a member of the Royal Commission for the Revision of the Belgian Maritime Code.

He has published many articles on maritime law in Belgian and international review. He has organised or taken an active part, as president of a panel or as speaker, in numerous international conferences and colloquia on maritime and customs law. He was invited to give lectures on maritime law at the University of Antwerp and taught maritime law to foreign judges as part of an educational programme organized by Belgium, Morocco and Algeria.

Wim Fransen was the President of the Belgian Maritime Law Association from 1998 to 2003.

Since 1999 he has been a member of the Albert Lilar Foundation, which awards a price to an author of an innovative work on maritime law every two years and as from 2011 he is a member of the François Génicot Foundation that awards a price to the author of a valuable book on maritime law or maritime insurance law.

He has been the Administrator of the Comité Maritime International (C.M.I.) since 2003.

Since September 2004 he teaches courses on “Principes généraux de droit maritime” and “Crédit et vente maritimes” at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB.).

He pleads in Dutch, French and English, is fluent in German and Spanish and reads Italian.

Fransen Luyten:

The office opened in Antwerp in 1979. In the beginning a single partner and one apprentice dedicated all their time to maritime law. Over the years the crew became more important. New individuals joined the office practising transport law in general, commercial law, insolvency law, ship’s finance, civil law, labour law and penal law.

Although we are a relatively small firm we endeavour to give immediate and around the clock service to clients on a no-nonsense basis. If clients decide to work with us they will find out that in every important case several persons are aware of its evolution and capable of responding whenever needed.

Although we feel comfortable before the Belgian maritime courts (procedures in Belgium – both summary and substantive – have become quicker and more efficient since the change of the Belgian judicial system) we try to achieve out of court settlements through mediation and negotiations.

As far as maritime law is concerned we believe it to be helpful that we work within a circle of less than 15 maritime law firms in Belgium whom we know well both on a professional and a private basis. This is often helpful in resolving matters quickly on reasonable terms even within a legal environment that is antagonistic by nature.

We work on a time basis and every minute spent on a case is accounted for. Our commitment is to act for our clients in a spirit of efficiency and transparency. more >>

Pramual Chancheewa

Founder and Senior Partner and Managing Director of Pramuanchai Law Office Co., Ltd., Pramual’s wide range of areas of expertise include commercial laws, insurance and maritime and shipping claims. He handles all kinds of maritime disputes (dry and wet). His practice includes cargo, personal injury, charter party, collision, oil pollution claims. His notable case includes the oil pollution dispute in the “EASTERN FORTITUDE”, one of the largest claims of oil pollution in Thailand.

In addition to his professional achievement, he has played an active role in the drafting of Thailand’s laws on maritime transport and insurance. He serves as legal advisor to the Marine Insurance and Logistics Committee of the General Insurance Association of Thailand and has contributed a significant part in the drafting of insurance policies, such as Fire Insurance Policy, Inland Cargo Policy, Carrier’s Liability Policy, Multimodal Transport Operator’s Liability Insurance Policy, Product Liability Policy.

Due to his expertise in both shipping, marine and non-marine insurance fields, Pramual is regularly invited to give lectures at conferences and seminars organized by private and non-private sectors. He is at heart a dedicated teacher and always allocates his time in giving lectures in spite of his tight work schedule. He is frequently invited to speak and give lectures at academic institutions and prestigious universities in Thailand and his academic works have earned him professorship in marine insurance. His professorship was approved by His Majesty the King and published in the Royal Gazette on 17 September 2009 with retroactive effect since 13 October 2008.

He is also the author a number of insurance handbooks on Fire Insurance, Inland Transit, Carrier’s Liability and Multimodal Transport Operator’s Liability, General Average, Marine Insurance Act and Analysis of Institute Cargo Clauses published by the General Insurance Association of Thailand, as well as the author of text books on Marine Insurance and Insurance for Cargo Transport Industry and Logistics Services published by the Faculty of Logistics, Burapha University.

Shipping Law Practice:

The firm’s leading shipping practice is recognized for its expertise and ability to handle a full range of shipping matters which include ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding dispute, vessel arrest, cargo dispute both dry and wet work, including all matters arising from casualties and oil pollution claims. The firm’s lawyers have extensive courtroom experiences garnered from handling a large number of litigations involving sea carriage.

The firm regularly provides legal advice to shipowners, P&I Clubs both directly and through their correspondents. It has a strong work relationship with leading shipping law firm in Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK.

Pramuanchai Law Office:

Pramuanchai Law Office was founded in 1985 and later was incorporated as a private limited company in 1995. The firm is headed by Pramual Chancheewa, locally and internationally renowned for his expertise in insurance and maritime laws in Thailand. He has been involved and had significant roles in drafting various national laws relating to transport and insurance laws as well as many insurance policies for the General Insurance Association of Thailand. He regularly gives lectures to shipping companies, academic institutions as well as many prominent universities and is now a law professor.

The firm provides a wide range of high-quality legal services, concentrating on maritime claims, labour disputes, insurance and customs matters, arbitration, commercial dispute, contract drafting including aviation dispute in cargo, passenger and casualty claims. The firm has expanded its services to cover legal consultation in areas of corporate and foreign business laws. more >>

Jin-Young Jung

Jin young JUNG joined Lee & Ko in 1995 and has been practicing in maritime, aviation, insurance, international commercial disputes and energy commodity for 15 years. He deserves competitive reputation in his practice areas from the clients as well as in the market.

Throughout his professional career, he has been involved in a number of major cases, including the ‘MV Hebei Spirit vs Samsung Barge No 1’ case, the ‘Air China Aircraft Crash at Gimhae’ case, the ‘KAL Aircraft Crash at Guam’ case and the ‘Seizure by Somali pirate of MV Bright Ruby’ case etc. He also represented many foreign/domestic clients (Hanjin Shipping, Korea Line Corporation, Britania P&I Club, Steamship Mutual P&I Club, North China Shipping, Korea Air Line, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Korea Exchange Bank, Natixis Bank, Calyon Bank etc) in the area of maritime, aviation and commercial disputes.

Further, as the lead partner of energy group at Lee & Ko, he has been also advising major energy-related companies such as KOGAS, KEPCO, Korea District Heating Corporation, POSCO, Hyundai Steel and E1 Corporation etc with in-depth knowledge and experience in the energy commodity area. Especially he represented KOGAS in Sakhalin II LNG Project and in Mexico Manzanilo LNG Terminal Project, represented POSCO in LNG Tank Storage Service Project and represented STX Energy in Renaissance Project in Alabama, USA.

He ever worked as a foreign associate at Richard Butler, London Office (2001) and at Richard Butler, H.K. Office (2002) to enhance his specialty in maritime area as well as to establish a good network with shipping-related firms in UK. He also took a secondment at Beaumont & Son to advance his competitiveness in aviation area.

He was a lecturer in maritime law at the Judicial Research and Training Institute in 2008.

Shipping Law Practice:

The maritime industry has risen to prominence in recent years with the boom in international trade following the economic growth of emerging countries and the execution of free trade agreements by Korea. The maritime industry constitutes a critical component of the international shipping of goods, which remains the leading mode of shipping to this date. In Korea, which is surrounded by sea on three sides and relies heavily on international trade, the maritime industry also presents a particularly critical component of the national economy and is a business sector that demands the highest levels of expertise and efficiency from legal service providers because of the industry’s complex customary practices, contacts with multiple jurisdictions and fast-changing environment.

Since its establishment, the Maritime & Shipping Practice Group at Lee & Ko has handled cases in virtually every area of maritime law, ranging from bill of lading (B/L) disputes, cargo claims, charter party disputes, hull & machinery insurance, vessel arrests, vessel collisions, pollution, etc., for countless domestic and overseas clients. With its unsurpassed industry knowledge and strong relationships of trust with key players, the Group continues to set market-leading standards in maritime law. We are proud to note that, with the insights gained from specializing in this practice area for more than 20 years, Lee & Ko is regarded as the most professional and reliable law firm of choice for maritime industry participants in Korea and overseas.

Lee & Ko:

Lee & Ko’s evolution as the premier law firm in Korea parallels in many ways the solid economic development of the country for more than 30 years following its founding in 1977, and has firmly established its leading position among the largest law firms in Korea. Our firm is constantly recognized for its excellence occupying top spots in many league tables and recognized in internationally respected legal publications for all of its major practice areas. We are proud for our steady advances in prominence and size. more >>

Jeremy Mark Joseph

Jeremy M. Joseph is the principal partner and founder of Joseph & Partners, which is now one of the premier maritime law firms Malaysia has to offer. He has a Master’s degree in maritime law from the University of Southampton and a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship from the British High Commission.

Originally a marine insurance broker, Jeremy has knowledge of the shipping and insurance industry. His first position in law was at the Singapore office of Holman Fenwick & Willan where he worked as an associate for several years until he set up Messrs Joseph & Partners in Kuala Lumpur. His firm has been consistently ranked in the top category every year since 2010 as a leading Malaysian shipping law firm by international law publications, Legal 500 and Chambers Asia. Recently, the firm won the prestigious “ALB 2014 Malaysia Law Awards” for Shipping Law Firm of the Year, hosted by Asian Legal Business and Thomson Reuters.

Jeremy regularly works as counsel and co-counsel in various shipping, insurance and maritime arbitration matters. Some of these cases have become important legal precedents in the Malaysian shipping scene.

Jeremy currently advises all sorts of companies and organizations from ship-owners and P & I Clubs, to insurers, banks, ship yards, charterers, and a variety of other commercial establishments.

In addition, he has authored numerous articles that have been subsequently published in the Malayan Law Journal and other international publications like “Getting the Deal Through” and “The Shipping Law Review.” He has also written the Shipping, Insurance and Carriers volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia and the Lexis Nexis Malaysian Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Marine Insurance.

He was the former Chairman of the Shipping & Admiralty Committee for the Malaysian Bar and has previously served in the Admiralty Court and Maritime Law Taskforce initiated by the Malaysian Judiciary.

Shipping Law Practice:

Joseph & Partners’ shipping law practice provides legal services to the shipping and maritime industry.

We are specialists in all aspects of shipping law and are a trusted shipping legal firm used by companies not just in Malaysia but internationally. We provide clear, comprehensive advice on all aspects of shipping law, including marine casualties, admiralty disputes, ship finance, day-to-day commercial disputes arising under shipping contracts, bills of lading as well as shipbuilding contracts.

Our shipping law practice provides commercially minded advice that centres on the needs of our clients and their businesses. Our shipping legal services also includes advice on: towage, salvage and pilotage, marine safety and pollution, collision, fire, grounding, withdrawals, cancellations and wrongful terminations.

In addition to these services, we also provide advice on arrest of ships and releases from arrest, methods of obtaining security or evidence, freight, hire, demurrage and other sums due under charter parties, shipbuilding, ship sale agreements, agency and freight forwarding matters, freezing injunctions, enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitration awards, ports, harbours and related services and ship and asset financing.

Whatever your shipping law requirements, Joseph & Partners are here to help

Joseph & Partners:

Joseph & Partners is one of the leading law firms in Malaysia.

We have over 25 years combined experience of providing legal advice and law services for a variety of commercial and corporate legal matters. We are the leading specialists in shipping law in Malaysia and have also built up a reputation for expertise in marine offshore law. We have been providing corporate legal advice on all aspects of Malaysian shipping law, including cargo claims, admiralty processes, marine casualties, arbitration, energy related contracts and transactions and insurance disputes.

Malaysia has a thriving shipping and offshore energy industry, but it is not just shipping companies that need maritime legal advice and counsel on marine offshore legal matters. Many companies turn to Joseph & Partners to take advantage of our industry experience. In addition to shipping legal services and marine offshore advice, we provide all aspects of law services including property, insurance, commercial legal matters and other corporate legal advice. Our mission, as laid out by our principle partner, Jeremy M. Joseph, is to provide top quality specialist legal services that achieve excellent results for our clients and as leaders in our field, we build strong and lasting relationships with people in the business. more >>

Abdel Hamid Fahmy

Abdel Hamid has been involved in shipping law since 1984. He joined Eldib Advocates in 1985.

Abdel Hamid qualified as a lawyer specializing in marine cases, shipping, arbitration and commercial litigation. His primary area of expertise and experience is wet and dry shipping.

Abdel Hamid has dealt with a wide range of high profile casualties, including collisions, oil pollution and groundings cases. He also deals with total loss, damage to ports’ properties claims, stowaways and cargo claims.

He handles international disputes for P&I Clubs and for a wide variety of clients worldwide in the shipping, insurance and international trade fields.

He was part of the both teams handling the high profile cases of the Grigoroussa 1 and Al Samidoon oil pollution incidents that took place in the Suez Canal, where through their efforts succeeded in allowing these vessels to sail after minimal stoppage time and cost.

Abdel Hamid has also handled the collision case of the passenger vessel Costa Europa that took place in Sharm El Sheikh on 2010.

Shipping Law Practice:

We are long-term, specialist advisers to the international shipping business. Our longstanding experience and proficiency produced us to represent most of Protection & Indemnity Associations in the Egyptian ports and to be the legal advisor of the Shipping Chambers in Egypt. As our most renowned and specialized field of expertise we have a solid understanding of how the market works from the perspective of the P&I Clubs, underwriters, ship-owners, charterers, providers, freight forwarders, and cargo interest.

Our complete coverage in the Egyptian ports has fostered our experience in dealing with the port authorities, terminals, and other respective governmental departments, which allows us to attend to our clients’ requests efficiently and in the prescribed time. Our focus is on assisting our clients to guard against and manage risks, and to assist them to resolve disputes.

Eldib Advocates:

Eldib Advocates is a full-service law firm based in Egypt and is recognized as one of the oldest and most reliable firms. Our offices have a diverse team of attorneys collaborating across 20 major practice areas in four office locations across Egypt and heavily catering to the Middle East. Our size, diversity, and advanced technological resources enable us to offer comprehensive legal services to individuals and organizations of all sizes in local, state, national, and international matters. more >>