Maritime Law


"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails" William Arthur Ward.

Our specialists have experience in virtually all aspects of the commercial side of maritime law and as a full service law firm can draw on the collective knowledge and expertise of all of our practice areas from Commercial and Employment to Litigation to find a solution that works for you. Where the situation demands we make use of specialist barristers and through our membership of Ally Law have access to over 61 member law firms around the world.


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How we work

Marine activities are and have always been an inherently risky affair, and despite best intentions and planning, things can and often do go wrong. Maritime                        ventures are governed by a oftentimes frustratingly complex matrix of common law, precedent, legislation, rules, bylaws and International Conventions and having a seasoned, safe pair of hands in your corner can prove invaluable.                    

We understand that in many commercial transactions a flexible, realistic approach will usually yield far greater dividends than an overly pedantic, legalistic stance.                    

At McVeagh Fleming we will not treat you like a number, but will listen and take the time to understand your requirements and provide you with pragmatic, effective advice with as little jargon as possible. We would like to be your first and only port of call for maritime matters, so give us a call and come aboard.                    

Some areas we can help with

Some of the areas we can assist and advise you on are:

  • Vessel Sale and Purchase
  • Vessel Ownership Structures and Vehicles (On and Off-Shore)
  • Ship Registration (Domestic and Open-Registry)
  • Chartering Arrangements (ie Demise (Bareboat), Time and Voyage)
  • New Build Construction and Vessel Refit Agreements
  • Vessel and Crew Management Agreements
  • Ship Financing and Mortgages
  • Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) Compliant Seafarer Employment
  • Agreements (SEA)
  • Advising on Compliance Related Matters (Domestic and Convention)
  • Admiralty Matters
  • Dispute Resolution (Formal and Informal)