A broad range of contractual and other disputes may arise, from yacht purchases and sales, build contracts, finance arrangements and the general operation of a yacht (e.g., collisions, pollution incidents and regulatory compliance). Our proven track record in this area also encompasses product liability and warranty claims, professional negligence, yard liabilities and chartering disputes. Our litigators represent clients in U.S. federal and state court systems and before state and federal agencies, commissions, boards, and other regulatory and administrative authorities. In addition to significant High Court proceedings, our litigation practice covers all forms of alternative dispute resolution including international arbitration and dispute resolution.
When disputes arise, the firm’s experience in mediation, arbitration, and pre-trial matters, allows Robert Allen Law lawyers (including a former yacht captain) to assist clients with assessment of risks, as well as alternative, and often more efficient ways to resolve matters. When litigation is required, the firm also offers unique value in terms of trial experience because its team consists of industry veterans, including the current chairman of a Marine Arbitration Council, and attorneys who prosecuted for the government authorities or defended those prosecuted.
We regularly engage with independent technical experts and, where necessary, appoint local lawyers to assist with the preservation and collation of evidence. We have handled high profile yachting incidents, calling also on the expertise of well-respected reputation management teams.
We often work with clients to develop a strategic approach to litigation coordinated across jurisdictions and our litigation team has a global reach with contacts and support throughout Italy, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Singapore, Caribbean jurisdictions, among others. When working with Robert Allen Law, our vast resources across a wide range of yachting related industries are available to serve you.