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Izard Weston are New Zealand’s experts in maritime law

Izard Weston is New Zealand’s preeminent maritime law firm, with unparalleled expertise across its three senior maritime practitioners. The firm has experience in all aspects of maritime law advising a wide range of participants in the maritime sector including shipowners, charterers, port operators, salvors, P & I Clubs, harbour authorities and governments. Izard Weston has an association with Wellington’s port dating back over 160 years.

Our maritime practice includes dry shipping, chartering, shipbuilding, vessel purchase and re-flagging, admiralty claims, ship arrest, groundings, collisions, oil spills, salvage, towage, port/berth disputes, marine insurance, international trade and carriage of goods, cargo/charter disputes, crisis management and regulatory compliance. We maintain a regional practice, with considerable experience in Pacific Islands shipping matters.

The firm has been involved in the aftermath of all major shipping casualties occurring in New Zealand waters over recent decades, including Wahine, Pacific Charger, Dong Won 529, Jody F Millennium, Tai Ping, Kotuku and Rena.

Izard Weston has significant experience in relation to regulatory enforcement action brought under the Maritime Transport Act, Maritime Rules, and the Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act. This is in both prosecution and defence roles. The firm has also acted in law reform initiatives for clients with considerable success engaging with Parliament and government agencies.


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