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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
Velazquez 51
4º Derecha
28001 Madrid

Spain > Transport: Shipping Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s shipping department is noted for its ‘support in claims regarding containers and forwarding companies’, with an offering extending to bills of lading, third-party liability claims, charterparty agreements and civil liability insurance. Benefitting from recent investments in innovative tools, the firm attracts a range of insurers, P&I clubs and freight forwarders, with the team noted as ‘exceptional because of its legal expertise and knowledge of the commercial and operational issues of the maritime sector’. Juan Alegre, Bernardo Ruiz Lima and Ernesto Rivera head the practice alongside Gonzalo Alvar, who joined from Qvadrigas in March 2022, and Victor Mata, who was promoted to the partnership in April 2022.


‘Excellent and sound team for any shipping matters.’

‘The team is exceptional because of its legal expertise and knowledge of the commercial and operational issues of the maritime sector, with great focus on claims.’

‘They pull always the adequate resources to answer to any query, however small, with professionalism and good timing as if they were part of the company. Highlight their support in claims regarding containers and forwarding companies.’

‘Victor Mata is an outstanding lawyer with great knowledge of the sector and practical experience. He stands out for his exceptional responsiveness and full involvement in every matter, however small, always with a practical approach. Special focus on his availability to support in claims concerning damages on containers.’

‘Very straightforward and no-nonsense team.’

Key clients


Grupo Ortiz


The Standard P&I Club


Liberty Lines



Royal Sun Alliance

Navigators and General

Spain > Insurance Tier 4

The department at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP advises Spanish and South American clients and has extensive expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly in the shipping and aviation sectors. Bernardo Ruiz Lima often handles property, liability and marine insurance matters, and is seasoned in arbitration. Ernesto Rivera is noted for his capabilities in international commercial law and shipping law, and Victor Mata has experience in major third-party liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Ruiz Lima; Ernesto Rivera; Victor Mata


‘Excellent management of procedures, outstanding representation in court, as well as extensive experience in out-of-court settlements, mediations and arbitrations.’

‘Victor Mata and Bernardo Ruiz Lima have extensive experience in shipping and transport, international trade and insurance Law. They are innovative, flexible and always get excellent results in conflict resolution.’

Key clients

AIG Europe Limited

Mapfre España S.A.




AXA Corporate Solutions (France)

XL CATLIN (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.