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Maritime Law

Maritime Law

Lithuania is a maritime state. The above image is engrained within the consciousness of every citizen living in Klaipeda, as well as the consciousness of the team members at the Law Firm InRight / Drobitko & Partners. Historically, the first office of the Law Firm InRight / Drobitko & Partners was established in Klaipeda, right in the artery of the sea transportation of Lithuania, therefore it is of no surprise that the majority of the operations at the Law Firm is comprised of legal services aimed within the field of applicable maritime private laws and thereof the attorneys at the Law Firm are faced with various maritime disputes/settlement of various conflicts/provision of legal services: towards vessel owners, freighters, P&I clubs every day.

In the year 2006 The Director of the Law Firm dr. Oleg Drobitko has defended his doctoral thesis on the theme: "Multimodal Carriage of Goods: Legal Aspects".

Most commonly, legal help of attorneys is required during the pre-litigation stage where there is usually a possibility to settle the arisen disputes peacefully. Even though maritime disputes are quite scarce within the courts of the Republic of Lithuania (Usually due to the clauses of arbitration), nonetheless the Law Firm InRight / Drobitko & Partners has accumulated experience in representing their clients in various maritime disputes, ranging from mere collection of maritime debts, vessel arrests/removing of said arrests, damage of various freights to more complicated disputes. The Law Firm participates in settlements of various disputes during the pre-litigation stage: on the damaging of freights, missing freights, debt collection, compensation for the families of a deceased seafarer, compensation of work accidents, payments, etc.

Please take a look at the scientific article of the Advocate dr. Oleg Drobitko of our Law Firm: Seafarers’ Labour and Social Rights According to MLC 2006. // Jurisprudence No. 21(2), 2014.

Each and every client is unique and important to us, therefore one of the pillar words in our operation is "Speed". We understand that holding of a vessel is a major expense, therefore it is very important to swiftly settle the arisen disputes in the field of maritime law, oh and do not get me started on the different time zones... Therefore, in the event of urgent matters, we are accessible 24/7 to our clients. In the event of an urgent matter, feel free to contact our attorneys Oleg Drobitko and Adrej Proškin.

Law Firm InRight / Drobitko & partners are willing to cooperate with your colleagues from foreign countries. Maritime disputes usually cross State borders, therefore it is a common case for us to be cooperating with our colleagues on assisting on the preparation for the examination of the dispute in arbitration court or to represent the interests of your client within the Republic of Lithuania. The word "cooperation" is another pillar word when talking about the offered services at the Law Firm InRight towards our international clients: by cooperating with various specialists in the field of maritime law, as well as colleagues on an international level, we are able to offer a wide range of legal services to our clients.

We cooperate with the following partners from foreign countries on providing the services to our clients:

• Classification companies;
• Inspectors of the national flags of Liberia, the Marshall Islands, Malta, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Panama, Bolivia and Honduras;
• ISM, ISPS, MLC audit and certification service providers;
• P&I correspondents;
• Surveyors;
• Law firms from foreign countries.

Law Firm InRight / Drobitko & Partners offers their clients the following legal services within the field of maritime law:

• Legal consultations;
• Drafting and preparation of legal documents (contracts, claims, receipt & release, etc.);
• Representation of our clients in negotiation on vessel arrests, settlement of damages, settlement of compensations, debt collection, etc.;
• Representation of our clients in the Courts of the Republic of Lithuania.

The above list of services is not final.

If you are in need of legal services or are looking for a reliable partner in the Republic of Lithuania, please contact us in order to discuss your issues.


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