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.
Alterlaw’s extensive experience on claims handling is the basis of its maritime legal services. The law firm approaches each cargo claim so as that an amicable, out-of-court settlement is achieved. Recently, Alterlaw successfully negotiated and settled a claim by securing the highest possible percentage of satisfaction for cargo interests.
One of the fields that Alterlaw specializes in is the international debt collection. Recently the Dutch-based legal firm successfully handled a debt collection case between an exporter from Thailand and an importer from the Netherlands. The outcome was that the invoices, which remained unpaid for two years, were paid within ten days.