Manolis Eglezos

Leaders in Law endorses Manolis Eglezos as our exclusively recommended Maritime Law expert in Greece. If you wish to get in touch with Manolis Eglezos please use the contact information provided above.

Manolis Eglezos is an attorney at law since 1990.

He is brought up in Piraeus and his family originates from Asia Minor and Crete. Manolis finished Ionideios high school, a distinct public school of Piraeus, and got his LLB from Athens University in 1988. He did his training with Deverakis law office and continued there when he qualified as a lawyer until 1997, with an interval in 1991-92, when he obtained an LLM degree in Maritime Law from Cardiff University. In 2006-08 he obtained an MSc degree in Business for Lawyers from Alba graduate business school in Athens. Since the 90s he gives lectures on Maritime Law and other fields of his specialization in various educational organizations and in the Piraeus Bar seminars for trainees.

Having gained substantial experience in the fields of Maritime, Commercial and Banking law, he opened in 1997 his own office specializing in the above areas of law. In 2014, the practice became a law firm under the name MANOLIS EGLEZOS AND ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM.

Following GDPR entering into free, Manolis assists companies in complying and also acts as DPO.

He consults in Greek, English and Spanish.

He strongly believes that a lawyer, like everybody else, needs to be an active member of society. This allows the lawyer to broaden his perspective and receive inspiration, thus avoiding to become a one-sided professional who has no connection with the world out there, while experience gained can be creatively applied in the hard work of a legal consultant.

Manolis is also a producer of organic avocado, olive oil and herbs in Crete, to the extent heavy working hours allow it, usually weekends. He also believes that local traditions are vital in a globalized environment and that if they are adapted to today’s challenges, they can offer substantial assistance both locally and, through the dialogue of the different localities, worldwide; of course, traditional values of sincerity, solidarity, cooperation, well-made work, can be applied in the legal profession.

Manolis expresses his views, both legal and social, in the media (TV, radio, press).

His motto is that nothing is impossible. In that sense, he exhausts all available alternatives to serve clients’ goals. Efficiency, immediate reactions, founded replies, are the pillars of his work, which he also shares with his colleagues in the Firm.

He likes travelling, and thanks to his job he has made several trips in three continents. He practices Chinese martial arts and is also enthusiastic in Greek and Latin American music and dances.

Manolis is married to Theoni and they have four sons. Contributing to their character building is perhaps his most difficult challenge.

Firm Description

MANOLIS EGLEZOS AND ASSOCIATES is a law firm of Piraeus, specializing in Maritime, Banking and Commercial law with following main course of business: SHIPPING: Ship Sale and Purchase/ Finance/ Registration – Charterparties and Bills of Lading – Maritime claims – Salvage – Collisions – Arrest – Labour – Arbitration – Marine Insurance – P&I.

AVIATION: S&P/ Registration/ Finance wet & dry lease agreements, involving both airplanes and helicopters.

BANKING: Shipping and Commercial finance – Legalisation – Securities – Mortgages – Letters of Guarantee – Documentary Credit – Leasing – Claims Collection.

COMMERCIAL: Incorporation of both local and off-shore corporations – Tax planning – Copyrights – Transactions, both local and international – Corporate Veil – Franchising – Mergers – bankruptcy procedure, art. 99.

Main Languages: Greek, English, Spanish.

The Firm represents Banks, maritime and commercial local and international Corporations, and are also legal counsels of Piraeus Chamber of small and medium sized corporations. The world’s biggest tourist organization and major Maritime Groups are within our clients.

Manolis Eglezos and Associates Law Firm hold the legal column in NEWSFRONT maritime review. The managing partner is also a lecture of Maritime Law Courses.

Our philosophy combines a traditional attitude of a well-made service using the high-tech potentials offered in a globalised world in order to offer a proficient, immediate and cost-effective service meeting the needs of each specific client. We fully understand the necessity of the entrepreneur for reliable legal advice within narrow time limits and are dedicated to offer such assistance.

We are not merely confined to the analysis of the legal parameters of a case, but aim to achieve the commercial goals of the client taking into account the existing difficulties and offer the solution meeting their needs. To achieve this, we have to combine a thorough knowledge of the regulations involved along with a high degree of flexibility and imagination, thus serving in the best way the specific issues.

A network of affiliated offices in Greece and abroad, allows us to cater for the global needs of the corporations entrusting to us their legal representation.

Greek, English and Spanish are the languages used in the Firm, allowing us to offer services to more than half of the globe in their native tongue.

 

Mohamed Agamy

Mohamed Mostafa Agamy is the Founder and Managing Partner of Links & Gains Law firm. Agamy is a bilingual lawyer and driven professional legal consultant; with a proven track record over 15 years of leading successfully international legal transactions. Agamy has a diverse business area of expertise across North Africa and the Middle East.

Prior to establishing Links & Gains, he was responsible as Regional Counsel at General Electric, and before that, Agamy was the Head of Legal at BG (Shell) & Petronas LNG Downstream JV. He leads successfully negotiating & closing key settlement agreements to preserve and enhance shareholders value and resolving complex disputes competently. He is Demonstrating professionally with legal analysis and reasoning across legal statuary of regions and monitor disputes before Egypt Courts, CRCICCA, ICC, Dubai courts and England & Wales Courts.

Agamy is certified for “Contract Laws” from Harvard University; edX 2018, and has LL.M, in International Legal and Commercial Transactions; 2012 “AASTM accredited by University of HUDDERSFIELD, UK” with thesis “Arbitration Role for settling Oil & Gas Disputes”.

Mohamed was appointed as an expert Cross border Associate “CBA’ exclusively for Egypt, particularly in M&As, corporate transactions, commercial litigation, advisory on due diligence with exposure awareness for high-rank legal issues of Oil & Gas and Energy sector, with indefinite expertise in Aviation, Shipping, Logistics and taxation as well. Please read more of the credentials and track records as herein below:

CREDENTIALS

Aviation

  • Successfully negotiated and advised for deed of settlements on behalf of one of the Gulf Airlines, and stock release within 6 airports’ warehouses and a fleet of aircraft (Air Bus 320) with total amount USD 30 Million.
  • Provide legal opinions on the renewal of the Aircraft leases Agreements, and supervised the claims and disputes regarding the operations and charter contracts with a Mega Switzerland Co.,
  • Drafted purchase agreements for Kuwaiti chartered airline and Cargo Airline Co. and represent both entities with the Civil Aviation Authority in Egypt.
  • Advised clients for Aircraft Purchase Agreements for private aircraft with total amount USD 8,000,000.
  • Liaise with our UK Lawyers to act on a compensation lawsuit with amount USD 80,000,000 before England & Wales Courts and supported with all key documentation and the strategic defence/ pleading and other evidence that supports the case.
  • Represents local Airlines in litigation cases before the Egyptian courts including Employment, civil and commercial lawsuits.

Oil & Gas Power Renewables Energy

  • Advised General Electric for the nuclear power Project Plant of “Dabaa” in Egypt, and the EPC liabilities with GE Power with a deal value as published USD 700 Million, and honoured a recognition as an excellent deal negotiator for the nuclear liability.
  • Contributed in the due diligence necessities of the merge and acquisition of Shell “Egypt” over British Gas within their affiliates LNG in the West Delta Deep Marine, Egypt.
  • Advised Idku Liquefied Natural Gas for the process of securities release for assets with about over USD 2 billion, and reviewed all the facilities agreements and termination notes.
  • Advised Egyptian LNG Co. for the mitigation plan of highly impact tax due to government cancellation of a private free zone (GAFI) of amount EGP 270 million per year.
  • Represented ORJ (Petrochemical, SUEZ) in a number of litigation lawsuits and dispute resolution and retained on the shareholder accounts of value more than USD 2.3 Mil.

Corporate, M&A’s and Taxation

  • Represented GE in reclaiming the VAT taxation for the EPC contracts in regards to EGYPT Electricity emergency plan, and successfully retained EGP 189 Million with a settlement negotiation with the Ministry of Finance.
  • Advised ELBEHERA Liquefied Natural Gas for the stamp duty that was deducted from a Bank in Egypt, with approx. amount USD 480k, and succeeded to reclaim it with a wise negotiation with the bank and the Tax Authority.
  • Advised LOTUS HOTELS AND RESORTS in negotiations for ST Agreements and M&A of about USD 30 Million.
  • Advised the British University in Egypt for Turnkey Construction contracts with a total amount of USD 7 Million.

Firm Description

Links & Gains is an independent specialized law firm, based in Cairo, Egypt, that linked to diverse international association with lawyers and advisors across the globe. Our core areas of expertise are commercially oriented with a deep focus on our clients’ needs and achievements when we provide our legal services. We are consistent in the standard of excellence that we bring to our clients.

Our diverse understanding of business and extensive industry experience has positioned us to offer a wide range of specialized services that would consider the real gains to our clients.

Values

What keeps us different is that; we fully appreciate our clients’ necessities of being driven by time-deadlines and urgency. We, in turn, strive to deliver top professional services to our client base. We pride ourselves on cementing long-term relationships with the primary focus on client success.

Our goal is to provide our clients with the best legal solutions, the competitive edge, representation available and at a reasonable cost. Thus, we are proud of the high legal conduct and ethical standards that have been established by our firm policy and the tradition of excellence that we work to maintain.

Hire your Counsel

We recently thought about a unique service that provides the “Outsourcing Counsel” This special service as “Outsourcing Basis” for our clients who don’t have legal department or at least in-house lawyer, whereby as lead example, we provide on-going legal counsel to be hired solely for your company account, and to support your routine legal matters and daily practices.

Companies that have their own legal departments may use only “General Counsel Services” as a temporary or permanent extension of their in-house legal team to handle spikes in work or outsource certain legal tasks at a cost-efficient rate.

Responsibility

At Links & Gains, we seek to provide top legal services based on the highest code of conduct, values and professional standards and we take our responsibilities to our clients, our people, our suppliers and the communities in which we do business seriously. We are proud of our culture of responsibility which strives to govern how we work, how we interact with clients and the local government, and how we participate in our local community.

We have great anticipation towards improving the legal community and always support new bar registered lawyers with full awareness and understanding the distinct challenges that could create as well as we seek the best future for the society.

This responsibility motivates us to build up a real model of an independent law firm with a multi-cultural spirit and smartly tailored advantages to suit all our team with diversity and with zero tolerant discrimination.

 

Nico Halle

Leaders in Law endorses Nico Halle as our exclusively recommended Maritime Law and Intellectual Property Law expert in Cameroon. If you wish to get in touch with Nico please use the contact information provided above.

Nico, the founder and Senior Managing Partner, was admitted to the Cameroon Bar in 1986. He provides legal and advisory services on Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Commercial Contracts, Investments, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Private equity, Project finance,  Public-Private Partnerships, and Restructuring.

His experience also includes Business Law, Corporate and commercial practice, Corporate Finance, Global mobility & Corporate Immigration, Intellectual Property & Innovation, Labour & Employment, Investment, Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Tax.

Nico advises clients on a wide range of corporate/commercial matters and transactions in Africa, especially member countries of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law (OHADA).

He advises clients in relation to the management and enforcement of their IP portfolios and manages several large trade mark portfolios in the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) as well as other African countries. His experience includes the registration, maintenance, commercialization, and enforcement of trade marks, industrial designs, domain names, patents and copyrights.

Senior Managing Partner | Attorney

Nico’s clients are leading corporations in the following industries: Financial Institutions, Natural Resources (Oil & Gas, Power, Energy, Mining & metals), Transport (Shipping & Maritime, Aviation, Roads), Real Estate & Property, and Telecommunications.

Bar Admission

  • Cameroon

Industry Associations

  • Cameroon Bar Association | Member
  • International Trademark Association | Member
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)|Member

Credentials

  • Former President of the Cameroon Bar Association
  • Former Vice President of AMOAPI i.e. The Association of Accredited Attorneys at the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI)
  • Former Member of the Scientific Committee of the Denis Ekani Intellectual Property Training Centre at OAPI

Languages:

  • English
  • French

Firm Description

Founded in 1986, we have  earned a reputation of  excellence pursuant to our track record of successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects. Achieving your business objectives is important to us – thus we develop a deeper understanding of your business and deliver practical, commercially astute,  creative, and innovative solutions designed to help you achieve your legal and business objectives in the most efficient way.

The Nico Halle & Co. Law Firm provides tailored services, shaped around your needs. We combine specialist legal skills, industry experience and regional know-how, which enables us to consistently provide diligent, professional legal advice,  support, creative, and strategic solutions in an effective and efficient manner.  Every successful venture needs to grow, strengthen and defend its business; the transactional, regulatory, and risk assessment services we provide ensures this. In today’s competitive global market, we understand the importance of cost effective solutions, limiting risk, fast turn-around times, and compliance.

We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake. To enable us meet your expectations, we recruit the best people and develop them to perform to the highest level. Our lawyers are qualified to practice Common Law, Civil Law, OHADA law, and are fluent in both French and English.

We have extensive experience managing IP portfolios, advising and representing clients in strategic areas such as brand development and implementation, exploitation, protection / registration, maintenance and acquisition of Intellectual Property, due diligence, pre-litigation, and litigation processes. We also specialize in transactional IP matters such as franchising, licensing and transfers. Our experience covers Patents, Trademarks, Utility Models, Domain names, Copyrights & other related rights, Designs, Plant Variety, Geographical Indication, etc.

Our litigation & dispute resolution experience in the country is unparalleled and includes oppositions, infringement seizures / hearings, passing-off and unfair competition matters, domain name disputes, and franchising and licensing disputes. We also represents clients in the Media, Sports, and Entertainment industry in varied aspects such as advertising, corporate transactions, dispute resolution, Regulatory & Compliances.

We provide legal and advisory services on Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Commercial Contracts, Corporate and commercial practice, Corporate Finance, Global Mobility & Corporate Immigration, Insurance, Intellectual Property & Innovation, Investments, Labour & Employment, Litigation  & Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures,  Private equity, Project finance,  Public-Private Partnerships, Restructuring, and Tax.

We advise clients on a wide range of corporate/commercial matters and transactions in Africa, especially member countries of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law (OHADA).

Our clients are leading companies in the following industries – Agribusiness,  Consumer Goods & Retail; Financial Institutions, Fintech, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Hospitality, gaming & Leisure, Luxury, Fashion & Beauty, Media, Sports & Entertainment, Natural Resources, Real Estate & Property, Small & Medium Sized Enterprises, Technology & Innovation, Telecommunications, and Transport.

 

Loay A.Ghani Qarooni

Senior Partner, Attorney at the Court of Cassation and Legal Advisor

Member of the Chartered Institution of Arbitrators as well as the Bahraini Bar Society where he served as a Board Member for two terms. He joined A.Ghani Qarooni & Associates in the year 1993 at age 21 while he was still a student of Law at the Beirut Arab University from which he graduated in 1996.

Upon completing his training period, his responsibilities expanded as he was then overlooking all lawsuits and matters relating to the Firm’s main clients where he quickly evolved to handle the management of the firm in the year 2002.  

His passion for Commercial Law and Companies Law led him to establish the Firm’s “Company Formation Department” in 2005. 

Loay has over 20 years of experience specializing in Litigation, Banking, Insurance, Corporate, and Maritime Law, and has been involved in all of the firm’s significant lawsuits since he joined, he is also keen to keep up with the legal principles passed by the Cassation and the Constitutional Courts in addition to current development in Laws.

Firm Description

A. Ghani Qarooni & Associates was established in September of 1965, marking it as one of the first licensed Law Firms in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Since its establishment, the Firm has maintained its position as one of the leading Law Firms in the Kingdom of Bahrain with over 45 years of dedication to the Bahraini Legal System and its Clients. This legacy is a product of teamwork. Our success is grounded in our devotion to delivering high-quality service and developing long-term client relationship. Our approach to service begins by understanding our client’s goals; we then work to develop the necessary resources to help achieve them. We have a longstanding commitment to the welfare of our clients which we take very seriously. Our implementation of innovative approaches to the challenges of the complexity and ongoing changes the law presents has always been the key behind our success.

Over the years, we have been working very closely with our clients, advising and providing them with full range of services that targets all aspects of their legal operation. Among others, our services vary from providing legal advice to our clients’ day to day operations, drafting their main legal documents that form the backbone of their legal structure and review of their existing documents as well as providing them with consultations in the various fields of the Law.

Our extended experience in prosecuting all kinds of lawsuits before all types and levels of the Bahraini courts has also added to the quality of the services we provide. Such experience has strengthened our knowledge of the local laws, regulation and norms by which the market is controlled. Our legal library is constantly updated with the latest development and changes to the legal system in Bahrain, and our accumulated experience has constantly enabled us to provide our clients with effective and efficient responses to their urgent questions and inquiries which we understand is a vital issue in helping them make their urgent daily decisions.

Moreover, we have been recognized by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry as one of its registered Professional Bodies who are permitted to undertake the process of establishing and incorporating businesses in the Kingdom of Bahrain, allowing us to widen our working scope through assisting existing and potential investors in the Kingdom of Bahrain to startup, run and maintain their business entities

 

Steven M. Stancliff

Steve advises commercial ship owners, salvors, ship repairers and their insurers in responding to collisions, groundings, marine pollution, machinery failures, governmental investigations, and other incidents and disputes in federal and state courts in Virginia and North Carolina, including vessel arrests, attachments, limitation actions, and salvage proceedings.

Practice Areas

ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME LAW

Practice Group Chair

Business & Industries

Dredging Companies

Vessel Owners and Operators

Shipyard and Waterfront Facilities

U.S. and International Marine Insurers

Marina Owners and Operators

Marine Salvage

General Maritime Companies

Railroads

Honors & Awards

AV® PREEMINENT™ PEER REVIEW RATING BY LEXISNEXIS MARTINDALE-HUBBELL

LISTED IN VIRGINIA SUPER LAWYERS, TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME, 2013-2017

Education

Case Western Reserve University, J.D. 1996

University of Rhode Island, M.M.A. (Marine Affairs) 1992

United States Coast Guard Academy, B.S. (Marine Engineering) 1984

Bar/Court Admissions

Virginia State Bar

North Carolina State Bar

Ohio State Bar

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Memberships

MARITIME LAW ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES (PROCTOR; SECRETARY, COMMITTEE ON REGULATION OF VESSEL OPERATIONS, SAFETY, SECURITY AND NAVIGATION, 2016-2017)

SOUTHEASTERN ADMIRALTY LAW INSTITUTE (BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2010-2011; CHAIRMAN, LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE, 2013; EDITORIAL COMMITTEE, 2014; EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, 2016)

VIRGINIA MARITIME ASSOCIATION

VIRGINIA BAR ASSOCIATION

NORTH CAROLINA BAR ASSOCIATION

NORFOLK & PORTSMOUTH BAR ASSOCIATION

James Kent American Inn of Court

Community Involvement

The Propeller Club of Norfolk

TIDEWATER ARTS OUTREACH (PRESIDENT, 2016-2017; BOARD MEMBER, 2015-PRESENT)

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Trusted by Businesses and Entrepreneurs For Nearly 100 Years.

CWM is a multi-service firm dedicated to providing superior and cost-effective legal services to local, national, and international clients. Our nationally-recognized attorneys advise and represent individuals, government agencies, and emerging and experienced businesses in matters ranging from litigation and dispute resolution to project finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Clients have turned to CWM for over 90 years to help them achieve the best results possible. We have built strong and lasting relationships with our clients by providing individualized service and relentless determination, while still maintaining a tradition of high moral values, mutual respect and professionalism.

CWM’s attorneys are skilled and accessible, and assist clients in matters involving:

Darius K. Davenport

Leaders in Law endorses Darius K. Davenport as our exclusively recommended Maritime Law expert in the USA – Virginia. If you wish to get in touch with Darius please use the contact information provided above.

Darius is a partner and Chairman of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice Group of Crenshaw, Ware & Martin. His practice focuses on data privacy laws and regulations, helping clients mitigate cyber risk, and dealing with the legal and practical problems resulting from cyber incidents. His cybersecurity counsel to businesses and municipalities includes drafting and review of incident response plans, cybersecurity employee policies, technology contracts and conducting cybersecurity and breach response exercises. He is frequently invited to speak on cybersecurity and data privacy issues.

Mr. Davenport’s practice also includes complex litigation in state and federal courts with an emphasis on public sector law, employment law and insurance defense. He represents housing authorities, businesses and municipalities across the region. Mr. Davenport has extensive experience developing, drafting and interpreting government regulations and policies. As a former U.S. Army JAG attorney, he has provided legal advice and counsel to senior government officials on a wide variety of legal issues.

Firm Description

Trusted by Businesses and Entrepreneurs For Nearly 100 Years.

CWM is a multi-service firm dedicated to providing superior and cost-effective legal services to local, national, and international clients. Our nationally-recognized attorneys advise and represent individuals, government agencies, and emerging and experienced businesses in matters ranging from litigation and dispute resolution to project finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Clients have turned to CWM for over 90 years to help them achieve the best results possible. We have built strong and lasting relationships with our clients by providing individualized service and relentless determination, while still maintaining a tradition of high moral values, mutual respect and professionalism.

CWM’s attorneys are skilled and accessible, and assist clients in matters involving:

 

Labeed M.A. Abdal

Labeed Abdal founded The Law Firm of Labeed Abdal in 1992 in the oil-rich state of Kuwait, which is in the eyes of many of the world countries looking forward to build trade relations from across the world.

By providing precise and accurate legal consulting services, the firm is committed to keep pace with its clients’ varied needs and provide appropriate and accurate solutions to all legal and business challenges that our clients come across. This is achieved by our experienced, specialized & multi-lingual team of local and international lawyers, which helps us respond effectively to our clients inquiries, be it English or Arabic.

With rich & solid experiences of the onboard attorneys, we are capable of providing thorough legal advise in different areas of practice like establishing new companies & liaison offices, foreign investments, joint ventures, taxation matters, commercial consulting, unfair competition & infringement consulting, intellectual and industrial property, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright, domain names.

We are part of the International Law Firms Associations which a network of international quality law firms with over 80 members from all across the world. This gives us the strategic advantage of our reach in different continents throughout the world, like America, Europe & Asia allows the firm to serve the clients of different nationalities; in Kuwait as well as all around the world.

Areas of Practice:

Labeed Abdal Law Firm:

Since its inception in 1992, our law firm has focused on providing remarkable local services, which focuses on satisfying the constant legal needs of the individuals and corporate.

We believe that “serving the client and satisfying his / her local and international requirements” is our prime duty.

It’s the prime vision of all our founder members and staff alike. We focus our attention and devote utmost concentration to all our clients. Our highly qualified and experienced lawyers and paralegals put in their best in providing excellent service to our clients.

The spirit of dedication and efforts of our team is what distinguishes our services. We believe that the client comes first and the true measure of our success is the satisfaction of our client.

Benedict Oregbemhe

Leaders in Law endorses Benedict Oregbemhe as our exclusively recommended Maritime Law and Shipping Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Benedict please use the contact information provided above.

Benfield Attorneys and Solicitors (BAS) is a leading Corporate and Commercial Law firm based in Nigeria with offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Benin City. Since established in 2016, it has been at the forefront of developments in commercial and corporate practice in Nigeria and has continuously rendered sound technical advice and tailored customer solutions to its local and international partners. To our clients, BAS is a reliable partner and trusted counsel in various transactions and dispute resolution processes. We see our duty to our client as that of not just providing excellent technical advice, but also providing solutions that address and enhance a client’s purpose and business objective.

Over the years, BAS has garnered an impressive track record of providing first class specialised services in the areas of Maritime, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Arbitration, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Intellectual Property, Energy and Natural Resources, Company Secretarial Services, Real Estate, Probate and Succession, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Immigration, Debt Recovery, regulatory compliance, etc. Our successes in providing solutions have been a source of satisfaction and pride to clients and have been positively acknowledged by counter parties.

To ensure that excellent legal services are delivered to every client at every time, BAS is staffed with diversely skilled, well trained and experienced team members. As a corporate citizen, BAS is committed to being socially responsible by making sustainable and impactful investments into the legal industry and the overall Nigerian society.

At BAS, we are continuously striving to raise the standard of legal practice in Nigeria and remaining a dependable and responsible corporate partner is the central goal for every effort.

Ushwin Khanna

BACKGROUND

Ushwin Khanna is a Consultant with Anjarwalla & Khanna. His practice focuses mainly on civil and commercial litigation, admiralty and maritime law, appellate practice, commissions of inquiry and alternative dispute resolution. He has been a member of a task force appointed by the Attorney General to review all maritime laws in Kenya.

Ushwin obtained his LL.B from the University of Nairobi and a postgraduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law.  He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya.

Ushwin is also a Certified Professional Mediator (PM) having completed a course with Mediation Training Institute (MTI).


MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Law Society of Kenya
  • International Bar Association (IBA)

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

1973: Kenya School of Law, Postgraduate Diploma, Kenya

1972: University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Law, LL.B,


CAREER SUMMARY

2016 – Date: Consultant, Anjarwalla & Khanna

2000 – 2016: Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna

1996 – 1999: Partner, Anjarwalla Abdulhusein & Co Advocates

1986 – 1993: Partner, Bryson Inamdar & Bowyer Advocates

1982- 1986: Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews (Merger between Bryson Inamdar & Bowyer Advocates)

1974 – 1978: Partner, Veljee Devshi & Bakrania


AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

  • Ushwin was recognised by Chambers Global 2016 as ‘appears as notable practitioner’.
  • Voted as winner in the category of  Litigation & dispute resolution – Kenya  by Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2015.
  • Voted one of the best litigation and maritime Lawyers in Kenya – Best Lawyers International 2014

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Admiralty Maritime & Shipping
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Kiswahili

LOCATION

  • Mombasa

TOP MATTERS

  • Acting for Geyser, a BVI registered company that owns a parcel of valuable land in Miritini near the Mombasa port. The land was intended for the expansion of the Global Tea factory, the second largest user of the port and the maker of world famous tea brands such as Kericho Gold and Typhoo. The land is subject to compulsory acquisition by the National Land Commission (NLC) on behalf of Kenya Railways for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), a Vision 2030 project. A&K was involved in drafting submissions for the compensation hearing, attending the hearing and making oral representations. The Mombasa County government subsequently objected to the validity of our title and the NLC initiated a separate review of the same, where we attended the review hearing and made oral submissions as to the validity of title. We filed a constitutional petition for breach of the right to property as no award had been made and there has been unreasonable delay. We obtained an interim injunction from the Mombasa High Court preventing entry onto the land pending trial. China Road and Bridge Co (CRBC), the main contractor for the SGR, trespassed onto our client’s land after the injunction and we have filed contempt proceedings against the MD of CRBC, the MD of Kenya Railways and the chairman of the NLC. Since that time, the NLC has made a formal award for our client’s land and compensation for the damaged boundary wall, which we have accepted. However, the contempt proceedings are ongoing. The NLC has also gazetted a fresh notice to acquire more of our remaining land and we await notice of the compensation hearing for the same. We have not received payment under the first award and intend to proceed to Court if the same is not paid shortly.
  • Acting for the Petitioner in this case, that has built 73 holiday apartments along the beach and is being denied access to the beach by the respondents who have acquired two plots over riparian land and which titles the Petitioner seeks to have nullified. In a Constitutional Petition filed in the High Court at Mombasa the Petitioner claimed that a right in the Bill of Rights had been denied and infringed by the Respondents and it sought several remedies under Article 23 of the Constitution of Kenya, including various declarations, permanent and mandatory injunctions and orders of judicial review. The Respondents opposed the Petition on a number of grounds, including locus standi and time bar. The High Court allowed the Petition, granted the declarations, injunctions, judicial review orders and costs. The Respondents however successfully appealed the decision before the Court of Appeal on several grounds, inter alia, that the High Court Judge was wrong to judicially review administrative actions which occurred over 20 years ago, thereby applying Article 47 of the Constitution, relating to fair administrative actions, retrospectively. The Court of Appeal held that the entire Petition was anchored on the provisions of Article 47, and that the said Article was not retrospective in nature. The Petitioner has now appealed to the Supreme Court by way of a Petition for interpretation of Article 47 and for the Court to decide whether or not, in the circumstances and facts of the Petition, the Article can operate retrospectively. A&K has been active throughout the proceedings from the inception and the matter is important as it involves several issues of Constitutional law including the interpretation of the provisions of the Constitution by the Supreme Court. A&K is acting for the Petitioners in the High Court, the 1st and 2nd Respondents in the Court of Appeal and now for the 1st and 2nd Appellants in the Supreme Court.
  • Reviewing the maritime laws including the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act Cap. 392, The Merchant Shipping Act, 2009, The Admiralty Jurisdiction Bill, Kenya Ports Authority Act (Cap 391); Maritime Zones Act (Cap 371); the Marine Insurance Act (Cap 390) the Lakes and Rivers Act (Cap 409); the Ferries Act (Cap 410) and making recommendations for appropriate legislation to replace or amend various provisions of the maritime law statutes.
  • Examining and reviewing the relevant pollution prevention conventions and existing environmental legislation with a view to establishing a co-ordinated and comprehensive marine pollution regulatory regime.
  • Examining and reviewing the current legislative framework governing the admiralty jurisdiction of the Kenya High Court in respect of matters arising on the high seas or in territorial waters in Kenya with a view of safeguarding Kenya’s international interests.
  • Making recommendations on proposed legislation to consolidate admiralty jurisdiction within Kenya and drafting a proposed Admiralty (High Court Jurisdiction) Bill for consideration and future enactment.
  • Making recommendations on proposals for reform or amendment of maritime laws and their implementation in line with international conventions and recommendations of International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other treaty instruments and protocols to which Kenya is a party.
  • Represented a company for recovery of salvage claims where the Court was asked to consider whether it had admiralty jurisdiction to entertain the claim and whether the claim was one of towage where no maritime lien arose.
  • Representing a large company on its tax dispute with the Kenya Revenue Authority in a local committee tribunal and subsequent appeal to the High Court.
  • Handled various matters relating to Multimodal and Transport litigation including claims or defences filed in respect of short landing or damage to clients’ goods being transported by road and claims for demurrage charges for delays in discharging containerized goods from vessels or return of containers under the terms of contract.
  • Advising on claims or defences relating to cargo claims arising from Bills of lading in respect of loss, damage or short delivery of goods by sea where the Hague/Visby Rules apply.
  • Reference to arbitration in respect of disputes arising under contract for delivery of goods to the consignee.
  • Advising on Charterparty Agreements.
  • Advising on clearing and forwarding of goods from the port in the event of disputes and claims arising therefrom.
  • Advising on bailment and warehousing agreements and disputes arising therefrom.
  • Undertaking a due diligence on the litigation portfolio in connection with an acquisition of one of the largest horticultural and floricultural companies in Kenya.
  • Advising various clients on risk mitigation processes and procedures concerning litigation management including advising on suitable reporting structures, procedures for appointment of advocates and the preparation of litigation monitoring templates.
  • Representing the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed by the House before a Constitutional Court on issues relating to Parliamentary Privilege and Separation of Powers.
  • Advising on and defending a claim brought by cargo interests on behalf of owners of a vessel which had been highjacked by pirates and eventually released on a large ransom payment whereupon general average was declared.
  • Arresting bunkers on board a vessel and for delivery up of bunkers which were taken on board due to default of payment by the Charterers following a dispute between the vessel owners and Time Charterers.
  • Arresting a vessel for security in respect of a dispute referred to a London Arbitration and thereafter arranging for a judicial sale and determination of the creditors’ claims on priorities.
  • Defending an Admiralty Claim and obtaining release from arrest a vessel under demise charter in respect of cargo damage caused by an explosion on board.
  • Advising and representing several International Ship Owners and Shipping Line Agents in a Constitutional Petition to declare some sections and regulations of the Merchant Shipping Act, 2009 Cap. 389 Laws of Kenya (Act) as unconstitutional. The Petition has been successfully determined in favour of the Petitioner by the Constitutional Court, which has declared the various sections and the regulations of the Act as unconstitutional.
  • Advising and defending a limitation claim brought by a dredger which damaged a submarine fibre optic cable and disputing the limitation fund constituted by the Plaintiff under the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act, 2009, 389, Laws of Kenya.
  • Acting for ship owners in disputing the Admiralty Court’s jurisdiction to hear and determine an action in rem on the grounds that the Admiralty Jurisdiction had not been invoked nor had the mandatory practice directions been complied with following the arrest of their vessel.

 

Onjefu Adoga, Esq.

Brooke Chambers is a full service law firm based in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. Our practice areas covers financial law services, business and investment laws, infrastructure law, natural resources law, maritime law, human resources law and general litigation practice.

Work Experience:

Member: Nigerian Bar Association (NBA): 26 years post call. Member International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA). Capital Market Operator licensed by SEC. Notary Public appointed by Supreme Court. Member ABA Section of International Law, ABA Business Law Section, ABA Real Estate Section. ABA Torts & Trial Practice Section, Member: ABA Intl Legal Resource Center (ILRC). Steering Committee member, ABA SIL Immigration Section, Development Consultant-DEVEX and Development Aid. Recipient International Who is Who of Professionals. Nominee Nigerian Legal Awards 2015, Nominee: African Law Digest Awards 2016. Vice Chair. ABA SIL Intl Refugee Law Committee.

Some of current clientele base in Nigeria are:

Brooke Chambers renders legal consultancy services to several Federal Government of Nigeria agencies namely: National Assembly, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, National Pension Commission, Nigerian. Electricity Reg. Commission, Nigeria Export Promotion Commission, Federal Ministry of Justice, Nigeria National Petroleum Corp., Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), Infrastructure Concession & Reg. Commission, Infrastructure Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Communications Commission, Nigerian Maritime Admin. &Safety Agency, Nigerian Shippers Council, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria. Deposit Insurance Corporation, Legal Aid Council, Federal Housing Authority, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, African Development Bank, Nigeria Export-Import Bank, First Bank Union Bank, UBA, Guaranty Trust Bank, UAC, Mobil Oil Nigeria, Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Shell Petroleum, MTN, etc.

Practice Overview:

The salient details of our maritime law services are sale and alienation of ships and vessels, marine insurance law, recovery of cargo and claims, cabotage law and permits, maritime law administration, ports administration, customs laws, import and export laws, shipping permits and laws, ship arrest, ship registration, ship detention, lay time and demurrage, personal injury, maritime litigation etc.