Our Admiralty and Maritime Attorney Services
At Womble Bond Dickinson, our team of shipping lawyers and maritime attorneys balance deep legal and regulatory knowledge of the industry with an acute awareness of the business issues that affect your ability to compete successfully. Understanding that maritime commerce propels vast components of the global economy, our team also maintains close working relationships with lawyers in other global-economy sectors, such as Manufacturing, Energy & Natural Resources and Retail & Consumer Goods.
Clients of our Maritime Lawyers
Serving clients from across the entire sector, we dive deep to provide solutions that are in alignment with your business objectives, executive team and operating style. Clients we work alongside include:
- Shippers and carriers across all maritime asset classes, from general cargo ships, product tankers, container ships, bulk carriers, and pure car/truck carriers to cruise lines, to towing companies, private owners and manufacturers of yachts and other large seagoing vessels.
- In our recreational boating division, we act for many major boat builders, personal watercraft makers, and engine and accessory manufacturers, as well as insurers, marinas, boatyards, yacht management companies, and operators.
Maritime and Admiralty Law Firm Services
Our industry-focused maritime team has broad industry knowledge, comprehensive resources, and decades of experience advising clients across virtually all aspects of admiralty and maritime law in the U.S., UK and beyond. With an impressive international capacity, and taking a cross-sector approach to all legal offerings, our maritime attorneys and shipping lawyers are able to offer the following services:
- Addressing maritime incidents, remaining on call around the clock and calendar to provide immediate response to, and investigation of, all manner of maritime and other transportation casualties. These services see us work with the International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs, Hull and Machinery underwriters, and other domestic and international marine insurers.
- Supporting in the aftermath of maritime emergencies involving personal injury and death, pollution incidents, collisions, groundings, machinery failure, dock damage, and cargo loss. Our admiralty lawyers provide immediate response in defending MARPOL criminal matters and act on behalf of clients in cases which include enforcement actions, grand jury investigations and criminal charges.
- Navigating complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution, helping to draft and negotiate intermodal transportation contracts and supply chain agreements, resolve charter party disputes, handle vessel arrest actions and provide counsel on environmental and other regulatory compliance issues.
- Advising in a range of areas relating to maritime law, such as planning, regulatory issues, marine real estate, competition, insurance, port developments and health and safety incidents, particularly when acting for port owners, operators of ports and port facilities, port users and funders.
- Counseling on the transactional elements of maritime law, including those relating to the structuring of ship sales and purchases, vessel mortgages and other marine finance transactions, including the preparation and recording of bills of sale, preferred ship mortgages, and other finance documentation.
- Preparing for the future course of the industry. Working collaboratively, we will navigate emerging legal and compliance developments such as Post-Panamax, multinational trade competition, the expansion of environmental regulations, the potential of autonomous shipping, and the arrival of big data and cyber challenges.
No matter which corner of this wide-ranging sector you operate in, our multi-talented maritime law firm has the capacity to support you. Whether you’re looking to access a singular service, or would like to build an ongoing partnership with our team, reach out to us by filling in our simple online contact form. Alternatively, you can discuss your needs with our team directly by browsing through our Maritime and Admiralty lawyers and professional staff.
In acting for port owners, operators of ports and port facilities, port users and funders, we’ve developed a deep understanding of what our clients need. We regularly advise in areas such as planning, regulatory issues, marine real estate, competition, insurance, port developments and health and safety incidents.