For over 50 years, Shipping and Maritime matters have been an important part of our practice. We provide a full range of maritime law services to clients ranging from shipowners (including operators of Great Lakes, coastal and ocean-going fleets), charterers, insurers, protection and indemnity associations, ship chandlers, shipping agents, tug and barge operators, ship builders and ship repairers, lenders and other creditors, and terminal operators. Because of our extensive West Coast fisheries law experience, we have acted in almost all the leading Canadian fisheries cases.

Services Offered

The practice is divided between barristers, who handle disputes, and solicitors, who provide services to clients in corporate and commercial matters. Both barristers and solicitors regularly provide general and strategic advice on various aspects of maritime law.

Our barristers handle matters in many areas of maritime law, including:

  • Arrest of vessels and cargoes
  • Cargo and bill of lading claims
  • Charterparty disputes
  • Collisions
  • Fisheries cases, including constitutional and administrative law challenges, as well as defence of criminal charges
  • Marine pollution and environmental claims
  • Maritime liens, claims and priorities
  • Marine insurance claims and disputes
  • Ship construction and purchase disputes
  • Towage and salvage
  • Representation of maritime clients in court, arbitration and mediation proceedings

Our solicitors work in the following areas:

  • Acquisition and sale of operating companies involved in marine industry
  • Charterparty agreements
  • Environmental matters
  • Fishing vessel licence transactions
  • Flagging out registration of vessels
  • Importation of vessels
  • Leasing agreements
  • Shipbuilding contracts
  • Shipping joint ventures
  • Taxation of shipping companies
  • Towing and carriage of goods contracts
  • Vessel financing and security agreements
  • Vessel purchase and sale agreements