Our Maritime Lawyers expertise and knowledge of the maritime practice and procedure in Northern Ireland means we are ideally placed, usually where there is a degree of urgency, to act quickly and advise our clients on the best commercial options available to resolve maritime disputes.

There are constantly tens of thousands of ships moving cargo across the globe. They are subject to a myriad of obligations, contractual and otherwise, across a variety of jurisdictions. Northern Ireland has a number of ports with the Port of Belfast being one of the largest in Ireland. When a maritime dispute arises, Northern Ireland may be the appropriate jurisdiction either because the vessel is docked here or because one of the parties has links to Northern Ireland.

Our team has expertise and previous experience in NI maritime law procedure  allowing us to create the most commercially focussed solution to any issue that may arise.  We work in tandem with specialist barristers and marine surveyors to provide a one stop service.

We receive instructions from organisations and their insurers and our counterparts in Great Britain and beyond.


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Our experience in Maritime law includes:

Arrest of vessels in Northern Ireland
Cargo disputes
Charterparty disputes
Damage claims
Insurance issues
Ship sale and purchase disputes
Collisions at sea and personal injury claims
Pollution and wreck liability

Why Us?

Our Maritime law team has extensive experience advising on a range of claims. Recently we have been involved in High Court litigation concerning liability for cargo damage with multiple Defendants.

Anecdotally, there are less than 5 ship arrests per year in Northern Ireland. Our team has been involved in numerous arrests. In 2016, we were involved in 2 of them as part of multi-jurisdictional claims. One of them was the subject of several judgments of the High Court in Northern Ireland which clarified and developed the law.

Our team consists of dispute resolution lawyers. Their knowledge of the Northern Ireland Court and its practice and procedure are crucial, particularly when the issues are urgent and an emergency application may be required.