Basic facts about the department
Shipping - 10 partners, 3 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Maintains a first-class reputation for its national presence in the maritime industry, handling a variety of regulatory, commercial and litigation matters. Advises both Canadian and international shipowners, operators, charterers, liner companies, P&I clubs and underwriters. The firm offers advice on shipping in the Arctic through its Team North initiative.
"They are very responsive, very practical and very knowledgeable in maritime matters."
"BLG is our one-stop shop."
Work highlights Assisted with the purchase, financing and reflagging of a Greek vessel on behalf of Project Resolve, a company affiliated with Chantier Davie Canada.
Successfully represented the North of England P&I Club and Navig8 Ship Management in setting aside the arrest and seizure of a vessel in Canada further to a shipbuilding dispute in China.
Significant clients Canada Steamship Lines, Shipowners Assurance Management, Gard North America, Hyundai Merchant Marine, MSC.
Jeremy Bolger is widely viewed as an established authority on commercial, administrative and regulatory maritime matters. His clients include terminal operators, shipowners, charterers, financial institutions and P&I clubs.
Peter Pamel is highly regarded for his experience of charter party disputes, defence claims, vehicle arrest, vessel finance and casualties. He acts for P&I clubs, H&M underwriters, shipowners and operators globally and his practice includes a notable focus on Arctic shipping. One source said: "Peter is very driven to please his clients. That sounds banal, but he's always very service-oriented. He is practical, which is huge, personable, and more importantly he's very knowledgeable."
Jean-Marie Fontaine is described by sources as "very meticulous" and "very much the brains of the operation." He has appeared before all levels of provincial and federal court and is known for his work involving cargo claims, construction and repair disputes, reflagging of vessels and marine insurance.
Graham Walker is the regional leader of the marine group in Vancouver, from where he acts for terminals, P&I and FD&D clubs, H&M underwriters, shipping lines and charterers worldwide. He is praised for his "good interpersonal skills and attention to detail."