With specialism in a range of services in shipping and transport law we have the expertise and flexibility to provide you with the best pragmatic advice and support at a proportionate and competitive level.
Through wide-ranging experience and expertise, we offer comprehensive legal support in shipping casualty work including crew and passenger personal injury claims, industrial disease, fatalities, repatriation, cargo claims, collisions, groundings and salvage. Available at short notice, we undertake detailed on-site investigations ensuring that important contemporaneous evidence and witness accounts are obtained. Our services range from advising and assisting on specific or single issues to conducting cases from the outset to their conclusion, whether that be pre-proceedings including ADR to litigation in the High Court, Admiralty and Commercial Court and County Court.
Shipping and Transport Regulation
Williamsons Solicitors has the largest criminal advocacy department in the region so we are aptly placed to offer the best advice and support in detentions, regulatory investigations and proceedings involving the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Inshore Authorities, DVSA and Police with the latter including but not limited to prosecutions relating to abnormal loads.
In applicable cases, the purpose of arresting a ship is to obtain security for a claim but experience tells us that, more often than not, arresting a ship can result in a swift settlement. The Kingston Upon Hull District Registry which has an Admiralty List which is located less than 2 minutes from our offices and for a fixed fee, we can quickly assist to arrest in all manner of ‘in rem’ claims including repair disputes, crew wages and collisions.
Whilst claims involving the carriage of goods often involve contractual disputes, our services encompass a wide range of areas from cargo claims, hire, demurrage, syndicates and issues arising from RHA and BIFA standard terms.
As our leading Solicitor, Gordon Sewell has specialised in Shipping and Transport Law for over 10 years. In 2005 Gordon was called to the Bar before completing his qualified lawyers transfer examination to be admitted to the roll of Solicitors. Gordon regularly represents client in Court and case load ranges from low to high value, simple to complex and always underpinned by a team ethos with the client. His down to earth, commercial orientated approach is well received.W