Legal & Technical Consultancy
For over twenty five years, we have been working in the marine industry, in both the commercial and leisure sectors, afloat and ashore. We believe that this experience offers a truly unique service to our clients. We are proud to offer in association with Ward & McKenzie the following legal and technical services.
The purchase of a motor or sailing yacht can be a risky business. Unlike a house, a boat can move. It is not unknown for a vessel to be sold on one coast, be moved to another and even to be sold again. There is no mandatory central registry. High values can be involved. That can mean that repair or mooring fees etc are not paid before a vessel has disappeared or has been sold. Some outstanding claims, finance and bills attach to the vessel and are inherited on ownership. The new owner becomes liable. Coupled to that may be problems with VAT – has it been paid, or reclaimed by a company? Has the boat been exported? There is also the question of RCD compliance. Our conveyancing service aims to address concerns like these and ensure that clean title is obtained before any large investment is made.
In contentious cases you may need to know where you stand, legally. You may need to know what action could be taken at what cost. We have wide experience of the legal marine world, we understand how the industry works , the problems that may be encountered and the solutions that can be found. We give impartial advice on the legal aspects of cases and can give you a good steer on how redress may be sought and obtained. A combination of technical and legal advice, the first consultation is free.
Our marine consultancy service covers a wide range of marine activities. It starts with straightforward survey, covers new-build project management or refit supervision and carries on through commercial Code of Practice and Safety Audits. We can also tackle basic research and project planning. We provide impartial professional advice or an impartial professional second opinion, if you so wish.
We can advise you on the best way to own the boat you may be considering buying, and how the cost of ownership may be offset possibly by Charter, or co-ownership.
We can advise on and effect both British and offshore registration. Talk to us about the benefits of Pt 1 registration and offshore registration. We also undertake tonnage measurement inspections worldwide.
Our specialist consultancy covers a number of disciplines. Supervision of new-builds, refits, mechanical, electrical and composite materials and components fall under this heading.
Please contact us for assistance