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Maritime law and admiralty law

Practice areas


Maritime and admiralty law is one of the oldest legal disciplines, deeply intertwined with marine transportation, international trade, international clearing, insurance and other related fields. Dentons’ dedicated Maritime and Admiralty Law practice comprises a seasoned team of lawyers and profession...


Maritime and admiralty law is one of the oldest legal disciplines, deeply intertwined with marine transportation, international trade, international clearing, insurance and other related fields. Dentons’ dedicated Maritime and Admiralty Law practice comprises a seasoned team of lawyers and professionals with distinguished academic backgrounds and deep professional experience.

We have advised foreign and domestic clients on a wide range of issues relating to maritime law, international trade, marine transportation, international clearing and marine insurance.


Key services in this area include:

• Contract disputes

• Disputes relating to cargo damage claims, loss of goods and late or incorrect deliveries under bills of lading and waybills

• Maritime fraud

• Marine insurance disputes

• Charter parties disputes, including voyage charters, time charter parties and demise charters

• Integrated logistics, supply chain logistics, warehousing, storage, contracts of affreightment, pledges by warehouse receipt

• Shipping agency and freight agency matters

• General maritime disputes

• Applications for preservation orders in maritime cases, including preservation of evidence and ship detention

• Applications for and enforcement of maritime injunctions

• Applications for carrying out notice procedures for the enforcement of maritime liens

• Establishment of funds for the limitation of maritime liability and related cases

• Ship auctions and auctions of goods

• Second-hand sales and purchases of ships, ship mortgages and ship registrations

• Construction, repair and financing of ships

• Lease financing of ships

• Oil spills and environmental damage

• Port operations

• Air, rail and road transport and international multimodal (combined) transport

• Maritime crew labor contract disputes

• Legal services in relation to inner water and coastal transport