Shipping in Gibraltar


Hassans is a 'go-to firm' for shipping issues, advising on yacht registration, vessel finance and admiralty work. The group has a track record of advising on sensitive and high-profile issues, including the seizure of the tanker Grace 1 in 2019. Lewis Baglietto QC, who led the team in the matter, is noted for his advocacy, while Yvonne Chu advises on financing and security transactions related to the maritime industry.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Baglietto

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne Chu


‘Hassans provide specialist Admiralty and shipping law advice and are our go-to firm for this area of law in Gibraltar. They also have a large employment law department and were recently very well placed to assist with issues arising under crew contracts for a Gibraltar flagged vessel.’

‘Lewis Baglietto QC and Darren Martinez provide prompt, thorough and clear advice on complex shipping law issues. ’

‘The team is very grounded in the Gibraltar shipping sector, and have strong connections to, among other, the Port authorities, which ensures a direct way of communication.’

Key clients

Gibraltar Port Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising the Gibraltar government on shipping legislation for compliance with international maritime obligations.
  • Advised a number of individuals and body corporates on the purchase of both new-build and second-hand yachts as well as their subsequent registration with the Gibraltar Yacht Registry.
  • Advised a mortgagee bank on the sale of a Gibraltar-registered vessel.


ISOLAS LLP's key contact for admiralty and shipping law is Christian Hernandez, who advises a diverse range of clients including the International Transport Workers Federation, P&I Clubs, banks and shipowners. Typical work includes handling ship arrests for credit institutions in relation to defaults; in recent work, Hernandez represented Credit Europe Bank in obtaining a judgment against four shipping companies compelling them to sell their vessels via judicial sale.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hernandez

Key clients

Credit Europe Bank N.V.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Credit Europe Bank N.V. in relation to the enforcement of a $72m claim.

Triay Lawyers

Triay Lawyers is particularly active in the area of registered vessels at the Gibraltar Commercial Ship Registry. In addition, the group has a strong shipping finance practice and advises banks on the arrest and sale of Gibraltar-registered vessels. James Ramagge  and Raymond A Triay are the key practitioners.

Other key lawyers:

James Rammage; Raymond A Triay

TSN Barristers & Solicitors

TSN Barristers & Solicitors advises shipowners on registering with the Gibraltar Shipping Registry, as well as on a range of regulatory and compliance issues. Key practitioner Guy Stagnetto QC's client portfolio includes P&I clubs, banks and commercial and recreational shipowners.