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Dr. Shrikant Hathi listed by Legal 500 in the ‘Hall of Fame’ and Ms. Binita Hathi ranked by Legal 500 as ‘Leading Individual’ in India for shipping work co-heads the shipping and shipping litigation and arbitration practice including ship arrest in India.

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BRUS CHAMBERS, Advocates & Solicitors

BRUS CHAMBERS, Advocates & Solicitors, which ‘stands out’ for its ‘excellence in the field,’ consistently provides valuable assistance to both domestic and international clients in the shipping and admiralty domain, covering both contentious and non-contentious matters. Shrikant Hathi, who is recognised as an ‘excellent advocate’, co-heads the practice, specialising in a range of dry and wet shipping matters. Fellow co-head Binita Hathi is a dispute resolution specialist with extensive experience in representing both international and domestic marine insurance and P&I companies. The practice is further supported by dedicated team members including Pritish Das, Nidhi Potla, associate Chandrika Sarkar, as well as recently promoted senior associates Joni Oraon and Vidya Bose.

Practice head(s):

Shrikant Hathi; Binita Hathi

Other key lawyers:

Pritish Das; Nidhi Potla; Chandrika Sarkar; Joni Oraon; Vidya Bose


‘Brus Chambers has one of the largest maritime practices in the shipping field. Also, Sri Shrikant Hathi is an excellent advocate, especially when it comes to wet work.’ 

‘The lawyers at Brus Chambers stand out to us because of their excellence in their field and their ability to provide intuitive solutions to complicated problems, especially Sri Shrikant Hathi. It is these qualities that distinguish them from competitors in the shipping field.’

Key clients

Patanjali Ltd

Sapid Shipping Co

W.E. Cox Claims Group Limited

RR & Co, Solicitors

Bhakuni Insurance Surveyors & Loss Assessors Pvt Ltd

Shanon Trading S.A

Sao Viet Petrol Transportation Company Limited

Vessel Kabini

Vessel Sarah H

Pragati Marine Services Pvt Ltd

Sunrise Shipping Co. Ltd


Shree Krishna Stevedores Pvt Ltd

Grace Young International Co. Ltd

Sea Oil Petroleum Pte Ltd

DeServe International Trading LLC

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited

Indian Oil Corporation Limited

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited

Shanghi Industries Limited

Aries Marine & Engg Services

Pharung Shipyard Company Limited

FSL New York Pte Ltd

Anjani Ship Suppliers

Asian Ship Suppliers

Navodaya Trading DMCC

Gur Law Firm

In Synergy Supply Chain Solutions (P) Ltd

BRG Global

Roy Lexim

Durva Engineering Works

Om Shanti Marine Services

Shewratan Company Pvt Ltd

Symex Maritime Inc

DPO Bhupinder Singh Oberoi

Gillanders Arbuthnot & Company

ElgiEquipments Ltd

Club Alanzo


Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda)

Blue Sea Services

Winplus Energy Limited

The London P&I Club

UK P&I Club

Standard P&I Club

SverigesAngfartysAssuransForening (Swedish Club)

The West of England Shipowners

The Ship Owner’s Mutual P&I Association (Luxembourg)

STX Corporation

Sinwa Singapore Pte Ltd

HJ Hansen Genvindingsindustri A/S

Zest Marine Services

Marine Solutions Distribution & Services Pvt Ltd

Japan Ship Owners P&I Association

Britannia Steamship Insurance Association Ltd


UK P&I Club

Compass Shipping & Trading Ltd

Kasturi Commodities Pvt Ltd

Kolkata Port Trust

Gail India

Kandla Port Trust

Dhamra Port Company Ltd

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line)

EssarVizag Terminals Ltd

Leighton Contractors India

Vessel Propel Passion

Vessel Fortune Lord

Vessel Jasmine Star

Vessel Yankul Silver

Vessel Al Shaffiah

Vessel Genius Ace

Vessel Aries

Vessel Termeh

Eiyu Kaiun Co Ltd

Green Shipping Ltd

Izumi Kisen Co Ltd

Sanko Kaiun Ltd

Vessel Neptune J

Vessel Huayang Sunrise

Vessel Emma Grace

Vessel Panda

Vessel Parity

Vessel Avior

Vessel Ginza

Work highlights

  • Provided legal counsel to Patanjali Foods Ltd in a case where a cargo shortage occurred during the delivery of RBD Palm Olein from Indonesia to India under a Sales Agreement with Sime Darby Oils Trading, resulting in the arrest of the vessel m.t. Golden Flame to recover outstanding dues.
  • Provided legal support to Patanjali Foods Ltd in a case involving a sales agreement with MMTC Transnational Pte Ltd, where a cargo shortage of 68.734MT occurred during the delivery of RBD Palm Olein from Indonesia to India aboard the vessel MT Syrma. This shortfall led to the vessel’s arrest after attempts to recover dues were unsuccessful.
  • Assisted Auriga Shipping Management Pte. Ltd with a case involving a breached management agreement with Minh Thu Shipping Trading JSC, owners of vessels m.t. Syrma and m.t. Avior, due to irregular payment of management fees and third-party expenses incurred by the clients. Subsequently, the clients arrested the vessel m.t. Syrma in pursuit of the claims.


ZBA’s team, renowned for its ‘excellent track record and expertise’, possesses an in-depth understanding of the maritime space, providing counsel to both domestic and international clients across a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters, spanning a range of sectors including the infrastructure, shipping, offshore energy and commodities industries. Zarir Bharucha leads the practice in Mumbai, specialising in defendant strategies for litigation and arbitration. The practice also draws strength from key associates, including Bimal Rajasekhar, Chandrasekhar Haridh and Rishi Thakur, who bring significant expertise in international commercial disputes to the team.

Practice head(s):

Zarir Bharucha

Other key lawyers:

Bimal Rajasekhar; Chandrasekhar Haridh; Rishi Thakur


‘The team has an excellent track record and expertise in Indian shipping law. Their reaction is very quick, and their advice is to the point.’ 

‘Zarir Barucha has practiced in London, therefore he has a good understanding of the English shipping law as well, which is very helpful for the foreign client.’

‘The team is always available. The solutions offered are resourceful and practical as to its legal advice.’

‘Zarir Barucha is always ready to offer a solution and a way forward.’

Key clients

Western Concessions Private Limited

Banque Cantonale De Geneve

Harmony Marine Shipping Limited

LSS Ocean Transport DMCC

Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited

Glory Ship Management Pvt. Ltd.

Maritime Mutual Insurance Association (NZ) Ltd.

IDBI Bank Limited

Sportking India Limited

Nordisk Legal Services

Assuranceforeningen Skuld

Spectrum Shipping Pty Ltd.

Deugro India Private Limited

Anoma Legal

Anoma Legal‘s team brings extensive experience to a diverse range of shipping and admiralty matters, encompassing both dry and wet aspects of maritime law. The group’s expertise spans ship arrests, casualty cases, marine insurance issues, charterparty disputes and commodity work, among others. Leading the litigation practice is Kumar Abhishek Singh, who is involved in domestic and international shipping issues. Additionally, senior associate Shubham Agrahari contributes to the practice with broad experience in representing clients in cross-border and domestic shipping and offshore disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kumar Abhishek Singh

Other key lawyers:

Shubham Agrahari

Key clients


J.M. Baxi & Co.

Dolphin Offshore



Boxco Logistics Infratrans Private Limited.

Lufeng Shipping Co. Limited.

Shipping Corporation of India


Evergreen Line

Clasis Law

Clasis Law‘s admiralty and shipping team advises a diverse client roster on a wide array of matters, encompassing both contentious and non-contentious issues related to charterparties and disputes arising from bills of lading. Leading the Mumbai office, Mustafa Motiwala oversees the litigation and dispute resolution practice, providing counsel and representation across both wet and dry shipping issues. In New Delhi, Shwetabh Sinha co-heads the practice and specialises in contentious work, with extensive experience in complex cases pertaining to dry and wet shipping, as well as insurance claims and trade mark mandates. The practice receives further support from associates Nihal Shaikh and Vishesh Kulkarni.

Practice head(s):

Mustafa Motiwala; Shwetabh Sinha

Other key lawyers:

Nihal Shaikh; Vishesh Kulkarni

Phoenix Legal

Fielding one of India’s largest maritime teams, Phoenix Legal provides comprehensive advice across a spectrum of maritime matters, including chartering arrangements, ship financings, regulatory issues, disputes and ship arrests, among others. Gautam Bhatikar leads the Mumbai office, representing various large banks, shipowners, oil companies and insurers in high-stakes litigation and arbitration, both domestically and overseas. Meanwhile, based in the New Delhi office, Abhishek Saxena and Pranav Srivastava co-head the practice, supported by Zoeb Cutlerywala and senior associate Vikram Kamath.

Practice head(s):

Abhishek Saxena; Gautam Bhatikar; Pranav Srivastava

Other key lawyers:

Zoeb Cutlerywala; Vikram Kamath

Key clients

UAB “Garant Service”

OOO (Limited Liability Company) M-Shipping

Winstar Shipholding S.A. Bunkering Company

Sojitz Corporation

Offshore Transport and Engineering LLP and Chhara Port

The Shipowners’ Club / Papaa Shipping

BW Offshore

L & T Hydrocarbon & Engineering Ltd.

Petrochem General Management S.A

Renata Partners

Based in Mumbai, the team at Renata Partners provides counsel on a broad spectrum of matters across various jurisdictions, with expertise in arbitration proceedings, arrests and releases, bunker claims, commercial litigation, P&I Insurance, salvage claims and dry and wet shipping issues. Leading the practice is Shiv Iyer, who has notable experience in maritime litigation, representing clients in numerous matters before the Bombay High Court and other Indian courts. Meanwhile, with expertise in transactional and advisory work and maritime disputes, principal associate Aditi Maheshwari contributes her experience to the team, while Ankita Sen provides support to the team’s transactional and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Shiv Iyer

Other key lawyers:

Aditi Maheshwari; Ankita Sen


‘An experienced and responsive team in Shiv Iyer and Ankita Sen.’ 

‘The firm’s profound understanding of maritime laws, regulations, and industry dynamics positions them as true industry experts. The team’s multidisciplinary approach ensures that they tackle maritime challenges from every single angle.’

‘I have been working with Shiv Iyer and Aditi Maheshwari on various Shipping matters. Their deep understanding of maritime law and intricate industry dynamics sets them apart from competitors. What truly distinguishes them is their innovative approach to problem solving. Their strong work ethic and dedication to achieving the best outcomes are outstanding.’

Key clients

Maersk A/S

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.


Ocean Network Express Pte Ltd.

Hapag – Lloyd AG

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

Container Shipping Lines Association

Colorshine Coated Pvt. Ltd.

The American Club (through Shipowners Claims Bureau (Hellas))

The Swedish Club

The Meco Group

Dreymoor Fertilisers Pte. Ltd

Asean International Limited

New India Assurance Co. Ltd.

Schenker India Pvt. Ltd. (DB Schenker)

Prince Marine Transport Services Pvt. Ltd.

Commodity Culture Pte. Ltd

Watertight Marine & Energy Consultants

Korea Marine Transport Co. Ltd.