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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
Velazquez 51
4º Derecha
28001 Madrid

Spain > Transport: Shipping Tier 2

The shipping team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP utilises the experience of its team and advanced AI document-reviewing tools to advise shipowners, cargo owners, freight forwarders, insurance companies and P&I clubs on a range of matters relevant to the sector. Such matters include third-party liability claims, contractual disputes, charterparties, bills of lading, pollution, salvage proceedings and arbitration. Headed by Juan Alegre, Bernardo Ruiz Lima and Ernesto Rivera, the team counts major players in the maritime industry among its clients. Key support is provided by liability claims specialist Victor Mata.

Practice head(s):

Juan Alegre; Bernardo Ruiz Lima; Ernesto Rivera

Other key lawyers:


‘Exceptional response level, even with tight deadlines. A lot of knowledge of the sector and a very practical approach that allows external lawyers to interact with the internal transport team and provide business-oriented solutions.’

‘Víctor Mata is an exceptional lawyer, both for his knowledge of the maritime sector and for his ability to respond in matters of hours, even in complicated periods of the year and always with a pro-business and very practical approach, away from other more academic or less pragmatic for the resolution of commercial disputes.’

‘Bernardo Ruiz Lima gives clear advice, is strong commercially as well as legally, and always on top of cases in terms of organisation and timings.’

‘They are very agile answering questions and managing incidents. The attention to detail with the client that Víctor Mata provides stands out.’

‘It is a very dynamic team of lawyers with great legal training. They have a very deep knowledge of their areas of work.’

Key clients


Grupo Ortiz


The Standard Club

Servicios Subacuaticos Ibiza

Spain > Insurance Tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has considerable experience advising both insurers and insured companies in Spain and Latin America on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Marine, aviation, energy and civil liability insurance are all strengths of the firm, which uses a number of technological tools and platforms for the benefit of clients, including its Spectra platform, which can automate large-scale document review. Key practitioners include Bernardo Ruiz Lima, who handles insurance claims and matters arising out of major casualties; maritime law expert Ernesto Rivera, who counts insurance companies and P&I Clubs among his clients; and senior associate Victor Mata.

Practice head(s):

Juan Alegre; Bernardo Ruiz Lima; Ernesto Rivera

Other key lawyers:


‘They are always available to give us support in all the questions that we ask them. Its knowledge of the claims of hotel chains make them the reference office for us.’

‘Close treatment, always willing to listen and improve.’

Key clients

AIG Europe Limited

Mapfre España S.A.




AXA Corporate Solutions (France)

ZURICH, Insurance PLC


Navigators & General (Zurich UK Ltd.)


Royal Sun Alliance (RSA)

Juan Alegre photo Juan AlegreJuan is a partner in the shipping and international trade teams. Based…
Victor Mata photo Victor MataVictor is a partner in the shipping team in the Madrid office…

At Penningtons Manches Cooper, we believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce generates vitality for our firm and helps to shape individuals’ professional development. We actively endeavour to attract a vibrant and varied workforce from the widest pool of qualified candidates. All job applicants and employees receive equal treatment regardless of age, sex, gender identity, marital status, race, religion, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

Our inclusion strategy takes a five-point approach covering recruitment, retention, training, communication, and data analysis. We are committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in our policies, practices and procedures and in those areas in which we have influence in the wider community. We have a diversity inclusion working group leading and implementing initiatives and addressing issues such as the provision of quality work experience to young individuals from less privileged backgrounds in the UK. We review the impact of our inclusion efforts on a regular basis and complete a full strategic review of our practices, processes, and external partnerships annually.

External partnerships

As a firm, we are committed to widening access to the legal profession and our external partnerships play a key role in this.

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a signatory to the Race Fairness Commitment which mandates the firm to a series of data driven techniques and measures aimed at tackling inequality in the recruitment, progression and retention of talent from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK.

We remain committed to supporting our colleagues’ mental health. Last year, we signed the Mental Health at Work Commitment to help inform our approach and to make our existing targets more ambitious. In line with this, we have refreshed our mental health action plan to adhere to the standards set out in the commitment, focusing on tackling the stigma of talking about mental health, ensuring our culture supports positive mental health and increasing understanding and awareness of mental health throughout the firm.

The firm has also joined the Women in Law Pledge which was launched by the Law Society, in partnership with the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX), to promote gender equality across the profession. The pledge supports our broader gender pay gap action plan.

Internal working groups

We have six employee inclusion networks: Age, Disability and Mental Health, Gender, LGBTQIA+, Race & Faith, Socioeconomic. Our networks are run by employees and supported by partner sponsors. Our networks provide an open forum for employees to share their thoughts and ideas and play a pivotal role in raising awareness and educating the firm on inclusion initiatives.

In addition to our networks, we have 27 Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Ambassadors who are committed to fostering, embedding, and promoting an inclusive culture. They have lived experience in the area in which they are offering support and as such, can provide tailored guidance and a safe space for individuals to share their thoughts and experiences.