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Noble Shipping Law was established on 1 May 2016 by Helen Noble, who has over 22 years’ experience in specialising in all areas of maritime and transport law. Noble Shipping Law is Ireland’s only law firm specialising exclusively in shipping and transport law providing a complete contentious and non-contentious advisory service to its clients.

Helen Noble first established the shipping and transport practice in Ireland in 2004 having perceived there was a significant lack in the Irish marketplace of lawyers who had knowledge of the international transport sector and the appropriate experience in advising both domestic clients of shipping and transport law in the international arena and also international operators conducting business within Ireland.

Helen has moved the practice to two successive firms since its establishment in 2004 with the increasing loyal client base following. The practice has grown fivefold since its establishment in 2004 with a marked substantial increase in its domestic client base since Noble Shipping Law commenced practice in May 2016. The practice now employs two members of staff and is looking to expand further in 2018.

The firm’s client base includes: international shipowners and ship mangers, hull and machinery and P&I insurers and brokers, port operators, international freight forwarders, the haulage industry, transport managers, borrowers, lessors, international commercial banks and overseas law firms.

Areas of practice

On the non-contentious side of the practice, Noble Shipping Law acts for a number of international commercial banks and shipowners in relation to ship finance transactions providing Irish legal opinions, drafting of security and attending to corporate filings. The firm has acted for a number of shipowners in relation to ship sale and purchase transactions providing a complete service to include the drafting of all sale and purchase documentation and attending to the closing of the sale.

The firm advises regularly on international and Irish regulatory and environmental issues in the marine sector and has recently advised in relation to significant pollution issues in protected fisheries areas.

On the contentious side, the firm has acted in a number of casualties in the marine sector to include a major incident involving a passenger ferry, groundings in Irish waters and the investigation of catastrophic gas poisoning on board a fishing vessel. The team acts on behalf of numerous defendants and their insurers in defending personal injury claims within the cruise industry sector and crew injuries.

The firm regularly advises and represents clients in the defence of cargo claims in both the shipping and haulage sector and is currently also acting in relation to three separate LMAA arbitrations within the shipbuilding sector.

In addition in the haulage sector, the firm acts for a number of large haulage companies in relation to RSA prosecutions for breach of driver hour rules and EU law on tachographs. The team regularly advises on IIFA and BIFA terms and their applicability under Irish law.

In the port sector, the firm has considerable experience in advising on collision disputes and drafting of commercial port by-laws.

ContactsHelen Noble
Hazel Dalton

Languages English
Overseas supporting member LMAA
IMLA Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Ireland

Number of lawyers 2

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