Rising Stars

Shipping in Gibraltar


The highly regarded Lewis Baglietto KC heads the shipping department at Hassans and is recognised for his expertise in maritime law and shipping arrests. He also advises international and private clients looking to register vessels and yachts in Gibraltar. The department works closely with maritime and port authorities, advising on compliance with both international maritime laws and local law obligations. Yvonne Chu takes the lead on ship insurance, shipping finance and maritime-related security transactions.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Baglietto

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne Chu


‘Standout partners include Lewis Baglietto, Yvonne Chu, Gemma Arias Vasquez and Tania Rahmany.’

Key clients

Caterpillar Finance Services UK Ltd

Gibraltar Port Authority


Gibraltar Maritime Administration

Various banks

Various HNWIs

Work highlights

  • Advising and acting in relation to sanctions applicable to vessels linked to Russian persons or entities subject to sanctions.
  • Advising the Gibraltar government on shipping legislation for compliance with international maritime obligations.
  • Representing Gibraltar Port Authority in relation to claims arising from the collision involving the bulk carrier OS 35 and the Adam LNG in Gibraltar waters in August 2022.


At ISOLAS LLP, Christian Hernandez and the team 'have exceptional legal talent, a wealth of experience and are pragmatic and practical in their advice'. Hernandez is known for his activity in ship arrests and working with P&I Clubs, banks and shipowners in financing transactions. Senior associate Michael Adamberry lends additional support on collisions and marine casualties, as well as in non-contentious advisory work, such as licensing and vessel registration applications. He also advises shipowners and insurers on liability for environmental issues concerning major pollution incidents.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hernandez

Other key lawyers:

Michael Adamberry


‘A full-service law firm with a wealth of knowledge and experience and sufficiently big to offer complex advice at short notice yet accessible at all times.’

‘Christian Hernandez and his team have exceptional legal talent, a wealth of experience and they are pragmatic and practical in their advice to obtain the best outcome for the clients. I enjoy working with Christian Hernandez and his team.’

‘Very good people. Very solid and reliable. Christian Hernandez is a standout lawyer.’

Triay Lawyers Ltd

At Triay Lawyers Ltd, James Ramagge and Raymond A Triay 'provide exceptional services' and 'sound advice’ in relation to commercial ship registration, large financing and fleet renewal transactions and, most prominently, ship arrests.

Practice head(s):

James Rammage; Raymond Triay


‘James Rammage and Raymond (Monchi) Triay have provided exceptional services in our time working with them. They have provided sound advice throughout including navigating a complex process with ease. ’

‘Triay are the leading shipping firm in Gibraltar in my opinion. They are very knowledgeable but also pragmatic in approach, understanding the client needs and finding solutions to fit their requirements.’

‘I have worked with James Ramagge and Raymond (Monchi) Triay. Both were accessible, responsive and well prepared. For clients that were unused to this sort of court action they were both authoritative and a calming influence. I would not hesitate to recommend either James or Monchi.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Credit Agricole Bank on the arrest and subsequent sale of the ‘Aurviken’ ship worth $66m.
  • Advising British Marine P&I Club on all matters relating to the sinking of the MV. OS 35.
  • Advising a consortium of shipping banks on the restructuring of the Vroon Group and those of its vessels registered in Gibraltar.