Firms To Watch: Shipping

Drawing on the firm’s robust international footprint, Ince Gibraltar is regularly engaged by clients due to its capabilities in maritime and admiralty claim enforcement.

Shipping in Gibraltar


Hassans' ‘excellent’ cross-disciplinary shipping team works with various government departments, port authorities, banks and high-net-worth individuals on the gamut of transactional, contentious and advisory mandates. Recent highlights for the team include advising on high-value yacht registrations, and claims regarding collisions and oil spillages. Litigation head Lewis Baglietto QC is renowned for his expertise in international disputes, often appearing before the European Court of Human Rights and the Privy Council in highly sensitive maritime cases. Yvonne Chu is noted for her niche expertise in shipping finance, ship insurance and maritime security transactions. Tania Rahmany focuses on legislative drafting, working with both the Gibraltar Port Authority and the Gibraltar Maritime Administration.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Baglietto

Other key lawyers:

Charles Bonfante; Yvonne Chu; Tania Rahmany


‘Hassans’ shipping department have provided really excellent support to us and our clients in proceedings in Gibraltar. They are knowledgeable, diligent and responsive. They are also a really pleasant firm to work with and felt like an extension of our own shipping team while working closely together with us on a complex case.’

‘Lewis Baglietto QC and Charles Bonfante: They are both extremely prompt in responding to requests for advice, are always swift to report on developments to enable us to deal with matters effectively and are very personable in their approach. We would not hesitate to recommend them for shipping matters in Gibraltar.’

Key clients

Caterpillar Finance Services UK Ltd

Gibraltar Port Authority

HM Government of Gibraltar

Gibraltar Maritime Administration

Work highlights

  • Advising various HNWIs on the purchase of six superyachts and their subsequent registration with the Gibraltar Yacht Registry as SSR and/or Part 1 Registrations.
  • Acting for the Government of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Port Authority in a recent case involving an oil spillage from a bulk carrier.
  • Acting in a claim involving a collision between two luxury yachts.


ISOLAS LLP's admiralty and shipping team is recognised for its capabilities in sensitive maritime disputes work, acting for banks, shipowners and other organisations in high-stakes contentious proceedings. Practice head Christian Hernandez has significant expertise in complex shipping finance matters. Marisa Grech and Michael Adamberry are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hernandez

Other key lawyers:

Marisa Grech; Michael Adamberry