Canada: Shipping & Maritime 2018

This year’s research into the shipping and maritime space sees 31 practitioners recognised for their exceptional work handling sector-related contractual and financial matters, as well as disputes and casualty cases. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Rui M Fernandes Fernandes Hearn LLP, Toronto
2. Marc de Man De Man Pillet, Montreal
3. Richard Desgagnés Brisset Bishop, Montreal
4. Marc D Isaacs Isaacs & Co, Toronto

Borden Ladner Gervais continues to impress in our research, seeing five of its practitioners highlighted here.
Peter Pamel is very active in maritime law according to market observers. His first-rate practice encompasses a range of related matters including environmental compliance, casualty investigations and salvage.
Jean-Marie Fontaine is a highly impressive practitioner who garners widespread recognition for his excellent work on collisions, cargo claims and ship finance.
Robin Squires enjoys a strong reputation for his practice and regularly assists both shipowners and P&I clubs on issues arising from casualties, collisions and arrests of vessels.
Graham Walker is highly respected by sources for his work, advising a range of clients on torts, insurance and marine casualty issues.
Jeremy Bolger is widely regarded as a superb maritime lawyer, offering clients more than 30 years’ experience on matters ranging from litigation to regulatory advice.

Norton Rose Fulbright stands out in the field for the breadth of expertise it offers. Three individuals from the firm are listed this year.
John Bromley is a well-recognised figure in the Canadian maritime market. He is adept on maritime disputes, with particular expertise handling both mediation and arbitration proceedings.
Shelley Chapelski is well respected by market players, who note she is “very strong” on maritime contracts and marine insurance, providing both transactional advice and representation to clients.
Vanessa Rochester is an outstanding practitioner who runs an enviable practice that sees her advise on sector-related professional negligence and insurance matters.

Brisset Bishop’s Richard Desgagnés is a distinguished name in the shipping space, with colleagues giving him effusive praise in our research. He offers clients a wealth of experience litigating and advising on a range of maritime issues.
Danièle Dion is highly respected in the Canadian shipping and maritime space, with sources giving particular note to her work on vessel acquisitions and arrests, as well as on event response such as oil spills and personal injury.
David Colford has earned a strong reputation for his wide-ranging experience on maritime disputes arising from insurance, personal injury claims and contracts.

Fernandes Hearn’s Rui Fernandes is a leading light in the Canadian shipping market. He is highly respected for his top-tier work advising clients on sector-related regulatory, insurance and commercial matters.
Gordon Hearn is rated highly by market commentators for his impressive work on matters relating to cargo claims, coverage issues and regulatory compliance.

De Man Pillet’s Marc de Man is a pre-eminent name in the shipping space who garners great respect from colleagues. He is highly regarded for his exceptional work on cargo, personal injury and insurance claims.
Matthew Hamerman is an excellent practitioner who is widely praised in our research for his impressive work in the field. He frequently handles matters including cargo claims, insurance coverage and ship arrests.

Frank Metcalf QC of Metcalf & Company is “a great lawyer” who offers clients more than 40 years’ expertise in the field handling marine insurance and financing matters.
Eric Machum is “a go-to lawyer in Halifax” according to respondents. He has an impressive practice, where he is seen to advise clients on issues such as offshore supply vessel arrangements and fleet expansions.

Marc Isaacs at Isaacs & Co is one of the foremost shipping lawyers in the country. He is described by market sources as a “leading counsel” and comes “highly recommended” for maritime insurance and litigation.

At Langlois Kronström Desjardins John O’Connor is “a leading lawyer” in the field who respondents note is “known nationally” for his work. His first-rate practice spans a range of matters from P&I liability claims to ship financing.

At Benson Buffett, Deborah Hutchings is widely praised by colleagues in the field who commend her extensive experience advising clients on maritime insurance and finance matters.

At Oland & Co, Barry Oland receives much praise from colleagues for his maritime practice which offers clients extensive experience on a range of matters including sea collisions, dock damage, insurance coverage and cargo damage.

Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang’s Jason Kostyniuk is noted by respondents to be “very active in the maritime market” and is recognised for his excellent work relating to pollution issues.

At Bernard, Peter Swanson remains a favourite among market players who note he excels on matters relating to vessel arrests, collisions and pollution.

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