Matheson


Practice Areas

Shipping

Related Expertise





Expertise

"Ten out of ten".
European Legal 500

Matheson's Shipping Law Group advises an Irish and international client base on all aspects of shipping and transport law. We advise borrowers, lenders, lessors, ship-owners, ship managers, charterers and marine insurers in relation to their contentious and commercial shipping requirements.

The group draws on a broad range of legal experts who are leaders in their respective fields, including legal experts in asset finance, tax, competition and dispute resolution.

Experience Highlights

We advise our clients on:

Shipping Disputes

We regularly advise on all aspects of Admiralty Law. We act for clients in relation to the arrest of ships in Ireland and have significant experience in advising clients on enforcement of security, repossession and arrest issues.
 
We have represented shipping companies and the leading P&I and Defence Clubs in relation to all types of shipping disputes including charterparty, bill of lading, contract of affreightment, shipbuilding disputes, salvage and collision disputes. We also have significant experience in advising on intermodal transport disputes, in particular CMR disputes, and regularly acts for freight forwarders, road carrier and underwriters and liability insurers.

Commercial Contracts

We have extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of various shipping  contracts including; charter parties, bill of lading contract, ship management agreements,  crewing agreements, supply vessel agreements and shipbuilding contracts.

Ship Finance

The firm’s Asset Finance Group has extensive experience in asset and structured finance. We have  acted for a number of lenders in relation to recent ship finance transactions. We advise on the acquisition of new buildings and the sale and purchase of second-hand tonnage. Most recently we acted for an Irish bank in relation to its financing of five cargo vessels and in the financing and leasing of a number of oil and gas exploration vessels.

Inward Investment

With its in depth knowledge of the industry, members of the group have particular expertise in advising shipping companies looking to structure operations in Ireland on the advantages  Ireland has to offer the shipping industry and on the legal and tax aspects in establishing business in Ireland.

Tax

We advise clients specifically on Ireland’s highly competitive tonnage tax regime and related taxation issues.

Regulatory

We regularly advise clients on maritime regulatory issues to include the registration  of ships in Ireland and other issues arising under the Mercantile Marine Acts and marine  related legislation.
 

Environmental and Pollution Issues

We are a member of the Emergency Response Unit for a major oil company.

Accolades

Chris Quinn provides "spot-on advice".
European Legal 500 2015

Gerry Thornton "embraces challenges".
European Legal 500 2015

"We have found this firm to be responsive, efficient and solution-focused."
Chambers Europe 2014

"This firm offers an established team that is regularly present on market-leading transactions."
Chambers Europe 2013

Clients rate the team for its professionalism and value for money.
European Legal 500 2013

"Ten out of ten".
European Legal 500 2012

"Ten out of ten".
European Legal 500

Matheson's Shipping Law Group advises an Irish and international client base on all aspects of shipping and transport law. We advise borrowers, lenders, lessors, ship-owners, ship managers, charterers and marine insurers in relation to their contentious and commercial shipping requirements.

The group draws on a broad range of legal experts who are leaders in their respective fields, including legal experts in asset finance, tax, competition and dispute resolution.

We advise our clients on:

Shipping Disputes

We regularly advise on all aspects of Admiralty Law. We act for clients in relation to the arrest of ships in Ireland and have significant experience in advising clients on enforcement of security, repossession and arrest issues.
 
We have represented shipping companies and the leading P&I and Defence Clubs in relation to all types of shipping disputes including charterparty, bill of lading, contract of affreightment, shipbuilding disputes, salvage and collision disputes. We also have significant experience in advising on intermodal transport disputes, in particular CMR disputes, and regularly acts for freight forwarders, road carrier and underwriters and liability insurers.

Commercial Contracts

We have extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of various shipping  contracts including; charter parties, bill of lading contract, ship management agreements,  crewing agreements, supply vessel agreements and shipbuilding contracts.

Ship Finance

The firm’s Asset Finance Group has extensive experience in asset and structured finance. We have  acted for a number of lenders in relation to recent ship finance transactions. We advise on the acquisition of new buildings and the sale and purchase of second-hand tonnage. Most recently we acted for an Irish bank in relation to its financing of five cargo vessels and in the financing and leasing of a number of oil and gas exploration vessels.

Inward Investment

With its in depth knowledge of the industry, members of the group have particular expertise in advising shipping companies looking to structure operations in Ireland on the advantages  Ireland has to offer the shipping industry and on the legal and tax aspects in establishing business in Ireland.

Tax

We advise clients specifically on Ireland’s highly competitive tonnage tax regime and related taxation issues.

Regulatory

We regularly advise clients on maritime regulatory issues to include the registration  of ships in Ireland and other issues arising under the Mercantile Marine Acts and marine  related legislation.
 

Environmental and Pollution Issues

We are a member of the Emergency Response Unit for a major oil company.

Chris Quinn provides "spot-on advice".
European Legal 500 2015

Gerry Thornton "embraces challenges".
European Legal 500 2015

"We have found this firm to be responsive, efficient and solution-focused."
Chambers Europe 2014

"This firm offers an established team that is regularly present on market-leading transactions."
Chambers Europe 2013

Clients rate the team for its professionalism and value for money.
European Legal 500 2013

"Ten out of ten".
European Legal 500 2012



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