"He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea." - Thomas Fuller
Maritime ventures are inherently risky. As well as the unpredictability of the sea itself, maritime ventures are governed by a complex mix of New Zealand legislation, Admiralty Law, International Conventions, and Maritime Rules and Bylaws. Forrester Grant, Maritime Law Specialist at Turner Hopkins, knows how to navigate his way around these shifting legal shoals, and pragmatically helps mariners manage their business risk.
Forrester has assisted clients with Sales and Purchase Agreements for vessels ranging from fishing boats to superyachts and container vessels. "We are familiar with most international standard agreements or can assist with a more bespoke approach," says Forrester. "Ensuring clear title is paramount and we can assist in due diligence requirements in this respect."
"When things go wrong in the marine environment, the legal and financial consequences can be quite serious, "says Forrester. "Ownership of a vessel by a company or a trust can assist both companies and private individuals in protecting their assets."
Vessel registration is another area Forrester is familiar with. Factors influencing a decision where to flag your vessel include tax considerations, the status of a particular flag, the ease of dealing with a Registry, flexible manning requirements and operational requirements. "We have experience in dealing with most major registries along with some of the more obscure, and can advise you on selecting the most appropriate flag and managing the registration process," says Forrester.
Charter party arrangements can range from a cruising holiday to major commercial logistics. Forrester is familiar with most forms of charter-parties and can assist with contract or review. "If things don't go to plan we can advise on disputes and assist with seeking resolution, says Forrester.
Forester can also help with new build and refit agreements, vessel financing and mortgage registration, vessel operational and compliancy matters, and Admiralty matters.
“I have used Turner Hopkins for my legal services for over eight years. I have always found their level of service excellent and their work to a very high standard. I have used various lawyers at their firm for various businesses I have been involved with and have always had very positive experiences. I would highly recommend them.”
“Joy, we cannot thank you enough for your help with our purchase! You have been wonderful to deal with and so proactive (and patient with my numerous emails). We will be visiting NZ in April so will make sure we drop in to thank you in person.”
“John is very easy to talk to, he never makes you feel dumb, and never makes you feel like you are wasting his time for asking questions. He explains everything very clearly, every time. John's support staff are also very efficient and so easy to deal with. No detail is missed when dealing with them. My husband and I are fans of them all :)”
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