• Casualty handling and investigation (usually for cargo interests and NVOCCs)
  • Bill of lading and charter party disputes
  • Recovery actions on behalf of subrogated insurers and uninsured cargo owners
  • Ship repair and ship building disputes
  • Advice on ship build and repair contracts
  • Advice and assistance to ship suppliers *read more / close
  • Marine debt collection*read more / close
  • Commercial disputes
  • Worldwide ship arrest and freezing orders
  • Seafarers wage and injury claims*read more / close
Services for Ship Suppliers

When your customers are situated across the globe, advisors with market knowledge and expertise of international maritime law are essential. The lawyers of Salvus Law have genuine pedigree in acting for ship suppliers situated around the world. Ship suppliers appreciate that the nature of their business brings with it particular financial risks, often extending credit to virtual strangers located half-way across the world.

We can help you to minimise the risks, and when things do go wrong we can assist you to safeguard your position. Our clients include ship chandlers, technical and spare parts manufacturers and suppliers, bunker and lube-oil suppliers, paint manufacturers, ship’s agents and terminal operators. These clients are located all around the world We enjoy very close relations with the International Ship suppliers & Services Association (ISSA), to whom we are legal advisers.

Our services to ship suppliers include:
  • Credit reports on prospective/existing customers
  • Advice on contracts and documentation
  • Drafting conditions of sale
  • Advice on product liability disputes
  • Commercial agreements (partnerships, joint ventures etc)
  • Carriage of goods claims (loss or damage to consignments under delivery)
Debt Collection

A significant part of our work for ship suppliers concerns debt collection, and where necessary ship arrests and asset freezing. We have unrivalled expertise of ship arrests worldwide within our specialist team, and can genuinely lay claim to experience of ship arrests in almost 50 countries. This experience is held within our small team, and is readily available to all our clients.
We are consulted day in and day out by a broad range of clients to assist them in collecting overdue debts. Despite our expertise in ship arrests and other formal legal procedures such tools are used as a last resort.

We are proud of our record that a very high proportion of debts referred to us are collected without the need for formal (and often expensive) arrests or other legal proceedings.
This record is assisted by the fact that shipowners who we see time and time again delaying and resisting payment know that when we are involved and threaten an arrest we have the tools to execute, should they choose to push us. We have particular expertise in collecting the difficult debts, for example where the ship may have been sold and alternatives to an arrest of the vessel supplied must be identified.

We are frequently instructed by clients whose debt collectors have failed to make a collection, and in most cases we are successful. We are conscious that our services must be accessible and that when some clients are most in need of our services they are often at their most vulnerable. We try to do all that we can to assist and can offer several different charging structures, including no-win, no-fee. We will be very pleased to discuss these with you if you contact us.
Seafarer Representation

We have significant experience in acting for seafarers, either on a collective basis when facing trouble as a crew whilst serving on board or where issues may arise on an individual basis with a particular employer.
We have worked closely with ITF inspectors around the world, and with charities involved in assisting seafarers. We are familiar with the common forms of employment contract, collective agreements and wage scales and we understand ship payroll accounts.

We are also familiar with the tricks of unscrupulous owners to minimise (or avoid) wage payments. We have assisted many crews in arresting the vessels that they serve on, both here in the UK and around the world, in order to collect their wages. We can also advise on alternatives to legal action, including strike action.


  • Claims concerning carriage of goods by sea, road, rail and air, including “multi-modal” movements
  • Warehousing claims and disputes
  • Freight forwarders liabilities
  • Familiarity with various statutory regimes, including Hague and Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules, Warsaw/Montreal Conventions, CMR and CMI
  • Familiarity and advice upon common contractual regimes, including RHA, BIFA, FTA, UKWA and FSDF
  • Dealing with Stowaway and Customs’ issues and seizures
  • Debt Collection
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Advising upon and drafting commercial contracts, including standard conditions, sub-contractors agreements, agency, distribution and partnering agreements


  • Advice on contractual disputes
  • Advice on contractual structures
  • Drafting contracts and standard terms and conditions
  • International litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution


    In connection with both marine and non-marine insurance:

  • Advising insurers and assureds on policy coverage matters
  • Pursuing subrogated claims and acting for liability insurers defending claims on behalf of assureds
  • Drafting insurance policies
  • Providing updates on legal developments and industry wordings

Salvus Law Ltd is a company registered in England & Wales (company number 8122754) and is regulated and authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office at 49 King Street, Manchester, M2 7AY

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1st Floor,
49 King Street,
Manchester, M2 7AY

Tel: +44(0)161 839 7788
Fax: +44(0)161 832 5178
We are located in the heart of the business district
of Manchester City Centre, a short walk from both Manchester’s Piccadilly and Victoria Train Stations
and 20 minutes by taxi from Manchester Airport.

London is just two hours by train, with Birmingham
and Leeds approximately 1 hour away and
Liverpool is 30 minutes by car.
After Hours Contacts:

Bruce Hailey:
Mobile: +44(0)7947 272 815

Duncan Ross:
Mobile: +44(0)7909 933 496

Sam Jones:
Mobile: +44(0)7717 448 160