Areas of expertise
The multiple disciplines of our team enable us to provide a comprehensive range of services to our clients in the maritime industry and (international) trade. Ranging from salvage to shareholder disputes, ship building contracts, or obtaining securities or guarantees; we have the expertise to give all-encompassing assistance to our clients in the sector.
We represent our clients in civil proceedings on a regular basis; both in main proceedings, preliminary injunction proceedings as well as proceedings commenced by petition, such as (prejudgment) attachment requests.
Our team also acts in international arbitral proceedings commenced before well-known arbitration institutes such as the ICC, NAI and UNUM. Furthermore, several of our lawyers are occasionally appointed as an arbitrator.
Our activities in shipping and transport law
Our experienced maritime lawyers handle traditional maritime cases such as cargo claims, marine incidents, as well as wet and dry shipping disputes for both sea and inland navigation, and including matters relating to port and terminal operations, logistics and international transport.
In addition, the team advises on all stages of ship building, refit and conversion projects, with a particular focus on the construction and sale of (super) yachts. We can draft tailormade (ship building) contracts and provide guidance throughout the contract negotiations. Advice on liabilities, securities and litigation in case of disputes are also part of our work.
Our activities in corporate law
Our corporate law specialists have gained experience with large international firms and have ample experience in litigation (including corporate litigation), transactions, shareholder disputes, and general corporate law advice in cross-border matters.
Some of our lawyers are regularly appointed by the court as trustee in bankruptcies or administrator in moratoriums. As a result, we have the expertise to assist companies and their management in all kind of financial difficulties. For example in disputes with trustees, including alleged directors’ liability, but also in restructuring- and insolvency-related issues, including the use of the Dutch scheme (WHOA).
Our activities in employment law
Our team advises and litigates on behalf of employers and employees on a variety of (maritime) employment law matters. A specific part concerns the liability of employers in case of accidents at work. We are also involved in drafting and assessing employment contracts, advising, assisting and (if necessary) litigating following a dismissal. We regularly act as a sparring partner for employers seeking advice on how to deal with employees preforming inadequately or the continuous absence of employees or have questions regarding the explanation and scope of a non-competition and relation clauses. Together with the insolvency and corporate law team, we can assist employers with reorganizations.