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

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

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.