Admiralty and Maritime
Prior to the establishment of a local Ship's Registry in 1987, the Firm's emphasis was on admiralty litigation arising out of casualties within local waters, claims in respect of which the local courts exercised a jurisdiction in rem (including vessel arrests), claims arising out of the carriage of goods and the various commercial matters attendant on the representation of international shipping operators in Trinidad and Tobago. The Firm's traditional practice in admiralty litigation remains strong and active.
The Firm also represented local interests before the legislative committee which was involved in drafting what ultimately became the Shipping Act, 1987. Upon the establishment of a local registry by that Act, the Firm expanded that expertise and now advises on all aspects of registration, mortgaging and licensing of vessels locally. It also advises on a host of regulatory issues including liability for marine pollution (including with respect to oil spills), statutory limits on liability and other regulatory requirements imposed by the Shipping Act, 1987 and other statutes.