deals with the full range of legal issues affecting those involved in the shipping industry, advising on – among other things - charterparties, shipbuilding and cargo claims. Our lawyers have expertise in the carriage of almost every type of cargo and associated problems.
provides to the Clients support in all kinds of legal or commercial issues in the sphere of the maritime and transportation law as well as its expertise in solving complex issues, including customs regulations.
Our goal is to render the services in the ways that are most convenient for our customers. We offer oral and written consultations, expert decisions and recommendations. If necessary we can organize a visit of our professionals to the Client’s office, complete and carry out an examination of documents and represent our customers’ interests in the national courts and international arbitral tribunals.
Our professionals are experienced in all aspects of maritime law, including cargo loss, salvage, insurance coverage, purchase and sale of vessels, collective bargaining agreements, charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding and construction contracts, long shore actions, employment and personal injury, collision, B.U.I., dry and wet shipping litigations, insurance and risk management, trading (physical and financial freight).
offers a comprehensive service covering the full range of commercial contracts and trading arrangements aimed for the shipping industry. The firm’s lawyers have qualification in dealing with shipping- and supply contract issues for industry players nationally and internationally; from the manufacturer of spareparts, over the bunkers suppliers, to the hull constrcucting yard.
Besides the actual contract drawing up, GoldenGate
further advises on:
- quantity and quality disputes
- loss caculation and disputes related thereto (loss of profits, consequential losses etc.)
- letter of credit disputes
- enforcement of commercial contracts
further advises on national and international logistics contracts including forwarding and storage matters.
General Terms & Conditions
frequently assists clients in drafting new or updating existing General Terms & Conditions and the firm often assists in disputes related to the interpretation, validity and enforcement of General Terms & Conditions.
frequently advises on the understanding and interpretation of various trade terms, including INCOTERMS (presently INCOTERMS 2010). Not only does GoldenGate advise on the legal aspects of a specific trade term, the firm also advises on whether or not a trade term from a mere business perspective is recommandable or not for the trade in question.
Aviation and Air Carriage
GoldenGate can advise on any aspect of aviation and air carriage. Air cargo transport still covers a relatively small part of global cargo operations, but the world has seen an increase in this type of transport. High value items are often transported by air and may require special legal attention in insurance and handling requirements.
advises on liability, accidents and claims arising out of air transport and assists in litigation and dispute resolution within the field. Moreover, GoldenGate
can assist any agent in the industry including airlines, insurers, brokers, banks, lessors, public agencies, airports and others involved in the aviation business.
has professional qualification in cargo recovery work relating to any form of transport. The firm acts for P&I clubs and other liability insurers in defence cases and represents cargo underwriters in recovery actions. GoldenGate
performs consultancy relating to drafting of transport contracts.
Carriage by sea and multimodal transports
acts for all interested parties in cargo recovery actions, appearing before the Ukrainian courts in cargo claims. GoldenGate
is focussed on achieving the desirable result for the Client in a swift and conflict-free environment. The firm aims at avoiding lengthy litigation and negotiate solutions for Clients by immediately identifying the relevant risks and strong points of every case.
has considerable expertise in disputes arising out of carriage of goods by road (CMR). The firm has represented both cargo underwriters and liability insurers in leading CMR cases before the Ukrainian courts and international arbitral tribunals.
network of lawyers in other countries the firm is up-dated on the developments in CMR-case law in other European and Latin American jurisdictions, CIS coutnries. In CMR transports the parties always have more than one possible jurisdiction to pursue a claim or defend against liability. In order to give the correct advice it is necessary to know the strengths and weaknesses of the major jurisdictions. GoldenGate
is always able to direct the client to the most favourable jurisdiction and provide reference to a skilled attorney in the relevant country.
Rail carriage covers significant volume of transportation in and out of Ukraine. The lawyers of GoldenGate
have all been involved in matters relating to rail transport and are all equipped to assist in such disputes.
can be helpful for the Clients including clubs, owners, operators, commodity traders and other parties to whom charter parties and other transport documents is part of their daily business.
The firm can advise on any form of charter party, whether demise-, time- or voyage charter parties. The firm’s experience naturally includes all major standard forms of charter parties and other transport documents.
has participated in negotiation and drafting of pool agreements and joint ventures. The firm also advises on contracts of affreightment.
Demurrage and due despatch claims are also an integrated part of GoldenGate's
work in the field of charter parties. The firm submits and recovers claims, but it also represents clients in defence against demurrage and due despatch claims. GoldenGate
understands that claims handling in this field often involves parties who will continue their co-operation beyond settlement of the dispute. Thus GoldenGate
aims to settle matters amicably to preserve the relationships and goodwill knowing that in shipping you always meet twice.
proactive and prompt response to problems is helping to identify main issues at an early stage, which enables clients to resolve problems swiftly and cost effectively.
Crewing, Seafarers and ITF
can assist in matters relating to crew management and crew disputes whether over personal injury or relating to employment terms, payment etc. GoldenGate
also assists in arrest work for maritime claims and maritime liens, including unpaid crew wages.
has experience in matters involving general average. The firm advises owners and insurers on the principles of general average under the York-Antwerp Rules and the Association of Average Adjusters' Rules of Practice.
Passenger claims vary immensely in size and attention. GoldenGate
is ready to assist in however large or small the claims may be.
Dealing with a passenger claim can be delicate due to the pressure that media attention may create. The firm solves matters respectfully to the individual but preserving the rights of the owners and insurers in respect of documentation and the right to limit liability. Communication is vital to avoid endless cases where sometimes opportunistic claims divert the matter into a very costly affair in time and legal costs.
is experienced in the field of salvage claims. The firm knows the right questions to ask and the relevant investigations to be made - whether it may be obtaining the right weather information for the relevant time, taking statements from the right people or other measures of investigation. GoldenGate
believes that handling a salvage claim is not only dependent on knowledge but also on communication skills which GoldenGate's
lawyers all possess.
Salvage not only involves the relation between owners and salvors. GoldenGate
will address all matters emanating from salvage situations, including environmental issues as well as towage, wreck removal and ship recycling issues.