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Canada: Shipping 2016

A total of 27 practitioners are highlighted in this chapter, specialising in matters which occur only at sea, or involve the maritime industry or those using its services. These includes charterparties, contracts for carriage of goods and cargo claims to collisions, piracy and salvage cases, as well as complex financial arrangements in relation to the construction and purchase of vessels and also litigation relating to claims and liability arising from the movement of cargoes around the globe. Below we highlight some of the most highly regarded practitioners in the industry.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
John O’Connor Langlois Kronström Desjardins, Quebec
Christopher Giaschi Giaschi & Margolis, Vancouver
David Colford Brisset Bishop, Quebec
William Moreira Stewart McKelvey,Halifax
Jeremy Bolger Borden Ladner Gervais, Montreal
Gary Whartonn Bernard, Vancouver

 Brisset Bishop leads the way in our research this year with an impressive four listings. David Colford is a widely known and respected senior figure, who expertly handles matters relating to multi-transport issues, litigation and contractual disputes before the admiralty and civil courts. Alongside him, Victor DeMarco has “a well-deserved market reputation and a very busy practice” specialising in maritime litigation, including collisions, charterparty disputes and cargo claims, among others. Danièle Dion covers a wide remit of maritime matters including contentious, regulatory and commercial advice and is “without a doubt a longstanding leader in the field”. Richard Desgagnés is also highly recommended for his contentious and non-contentious practice.

Bernard follows closely behind with three listings in the chapter. Gary Wharton has spent over 25 years practising as a maritime law adviser and litigator; sources recommend him for his “vast experience and clear practical advice.” He is joined by Peter Swanson who is described as a “brilliant practitioner”. He specialises in civil and regulatory liability for ship pollution and collision incidents. Meanwhile, David Jones stands out for his expertise in maritime litigation.

Borden Ladner Gervais’ Jeremy Bolger tops our rankings and is described as “the leader of the shipping bar”. Alongside him, Peter Pamel has an international reputation in the industry, acting for ship owners, operators, and charterers both in Canada and elsewhere in the world. Sources praise his “deep knowledge and clear commitment”.

Metcalf & Company boasts the seasoned Frank Metcalf as founding partner. An established figure with over 40 years of practice, he is widely known in the industry. He is joined by Eric Machum who is known for advising ship owners, forwarders, exporters and insurers on regulatory and commercial matters.

From Langlois Kronström Desjardins, John O’Connor is undoubtedly “a top name in the market” especially in relation to insurance claims and P&I liability. Clients praise him for his “clear, succinct and meticulously worked-out advice”. 

Christopher Giaschi, founding partner of Giaschi & Margolis, stands out in the market for his knowledge of shipping and for both contentious and non-contentious matters; he is lauded as “one of the very best in the country, a superlative lawyer”.

At Stewart McKelvey, William Moreira has almost 35 years of experience practising maritime law. He has a wealth of experience from advising marine insurers, energy companies, ship owners, ship suppliers and marine lenders. It is widely agreed that “he should be at the top of the list”.

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