Practice Areas

Shipping & Maritime Law

Maritime law is one of the oldest and most developed branches of commercial law. It is where contract and tort law find their roots. It comprises of a body of laws, conventions and treaties which govern the relations developed in the navy and maritime trade, shipping and maritime safety.  

Hundreds of contracts are concluded every day to ensure that the world’s ships keep trading. Given the volume of ships trading worldwide, the vast range of cargoes carried and the fluctuations of the market, shipping is an industry where disputes are part of daily activities. V&A has a deep understanding of the sector and supports the continuous training of its associates in specialized issues of Public and Private Maritime Law.  

Many disputes can be settled in a friendly way before they go to court. Alternative Dispute Resolution “ADR” methods (Arbitration and recently Mediation) have been introduced into the Greek legal system to resolve maritime and commercial disputes, in order to capitalize on the advantages of ADR over the more complex, slow, money-and-time-consuming litigation. This is something the Court will expect you to have considered. We give you commercial and practical advice early so you know where you stand. We will advise you on this if this is your best course of action in order to get you a successful judgment or an ADR award.  

More specifically, our associates, with a detailed and profound understanding of maritime law provide legal services of high quality and handle a variety of legal issues, such as:

• Establishment and legal support of maritime companies

• Issues and disputes deriving from shipping relationships and the applicable national law

• Compilation and review of shipping contracts and charterparties in relation to the rights and obligations of the contracting parties

• Preparation and diligence of international trade agreements for goods transportation (international trade law)

• Dealing with tax issues; find the most advantageous flag in terms of tax law and labor relations and environmental conditions of operation and security of the ship

• Legal status of ship ownership, acquisition and removal of ship nationality

• Transfer of ships and arrest/seizure/attachment within an execution framework

• Legal issues in relation to the practice of the maritime profession and the regulation of issues related to maritime working relations

• Handling and representation in cases of penal offenses of mariners, especially mariners with foreign nationality

• Claims concerning collisions, towage or shipwrecks, responsibilities of coastal States by the qualified authorities for safe mooring and free passage of vessels through the waterways

• Legal issues relating to piracy

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