The practice of Alterlaw in international debt collection is not limited to unpaid invoices in the context of maritime carriage. Recently the law firm achieved within a short period the payment of its client’s invoices for a carriage of goods by road under the CMR regime.
Handling claims on perishable goods usually requires the consideration of facts outside the scope of the claim under negotiation. The financial condition of the client or the need to invest for the next harvesting period may be demanding circumstances making the settlement of the claim in full even more urgent. This was the case in a recent claim handled by Alterlaw, where the firm achieved the satisfaction of approximately 95% of the total claim amount.
Negotiations on maritime claims when damage is sustained due to delay is not always an easy task for the cargo interests. Lacking any legislative reference in the fundamental Hague-Visby Rules (HVR), the establishment of carrier’s liability due to delay requires attention to extra-legal tools, e.g. weather reports, port congestion reports, timetables etc. In a recent case, the extensive experience of Alterlaw in maritime claims handling secured more than half of the initial claim for its client.