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We are legal experts in shipping law in Africa, offering comprehensive solutions to a wide range of legal problems in and around Africa's waters.
We have advised on some of the most prominent African shipping matters.
Our clients include Protection and Indemnity (P& I) clubs and marine insurers, liner clients, and owners and operators, as well as fishing majors and players in the logistics space.
We focus on avoiding and minimising loss that occurs in the business of shipping.
Where loss is inevitable, we help to recover it in a commercially sensible and effective way.
We offer a complete casualty response following incidents of collision, allision, grounding, sinking, fire and explosion, pollution, wreckage and loss of and damage to cargo.
For vessels in distress, we also facilitate salvage and entry into bays and ports.
In addition, we have extensive litigation experience.
Multi-jurisdictional businesses face significant risks, as well as the challenge of complying with vastly different laws and regulations.
We are Africa’s largest law firm, with offices in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa, and an ever-growing presence in African harbours, including the major ports of Cape Town, Durban, Accra, Port Louis and Walvis Bay.
With more than 600 specialist practitioners, we have deep expertise and the capacity to solve all your legal, tax, forensics and IP requirements, and help you navigate regulatory hurdles, no matter where in Africa you do business.
Because we have had many years of practical experience working on the ground throughout the continent, we have developed a proven track record and a solid understanding of local cultural, commercial and geopolitical contexts, as well as long-standing partnerships with trusted firms with whom we work.
Bills of lading
Cargo claims and stow collapse
Collisions and wreck
Fishing appeals and reviews
Marine insurance claims
Personal injury / death claims
Purchase and sale of ships
Salvage and towage
Ship and trade finance
Ship building agreements
Ship building disputes
ENS is recognised by leading international ranking agencies, including Chambers Global, Legal 500, IFLR1000 and the World Tax Guide, for achieving consistently high standards.
Furthermore, the firm is a regular recipient of regional awards such as DealMakers and the African Legal Awards.