General Links 

Protecting and promoting high standards in the practice of English Maritime Law

A selection of links to relevant websites.

Association of Average Adjusters

Average Adjusters are expert in the law and practice of marine insurance and general average; they provide a professional and independent view on the claims arising from marine casualties.



BIMCO is an independent international shipping association which acts on behalf of its global membership to promote higher standards and greater harmony in regulatory matters.


British Maritime Law Association

The British Maritime Law Association was founded in 1908. Its purpose is to promote the study and the advancement of British maritime and mercantile law.


Chamber of Shipping

The Chamber of Shipping is the trade association for UK shipping industry, working to promote and protect the interests of its members.


Comité Maritime International

Comité Maritime International is a non-governmental international organization.  Its objective is to contribute by all appropriate means and activities to the unification of maritime law in all its aspects.


Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS)

HMCTS manages the courts of England and Wales including the High Court ( which includes the Commercial and Admiralty Courts) and the Court of Appeal.



The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has 11 member societies which together technically classify more than 90% of the world’s cargo tonnage.


International Group of P & I Clubs

The thirteen principal members of the International Group of P & I Clubs between them provide liability cover (protection and indemnity) for approximately 90% of the world’s ocean going tonnage.


International Maritime Organization

The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for improving maritime safety and preventing pollution from ships.


International Salvage Union

International Salvage Union (ISU) member salvors provide essential services for the world's maritime and insurance communities. Members are engaged in marine casualty response, pollution defence, wreck removal, cargo recovery, towage and related activities.


International Underwriting Association

The International Underwriting Association of London (IUA) is the world's largest representative organisation for international and wholesale insurance and reinsurance companies.


Lloyds of London

Lloyd’s is the world’s leading specialist insurance market, conducting business in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.


Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitration Branch

The Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitration Branch administers the Lloyd’s form of Salvage Agreement (LOF). Their web pages outline the workings of LOF and give statistics and enable the down load of the LOF wording and associated documents.


London International Shipping Week

Networking for the International Shipping Industry.

London International Shipping Week overview

London Maritime Arbitrators Association

One of the main objects of the LMAA is: "to advance and encourage the professional knowledge of London maritime arbitrators and, by recommendation and advice, to assist the expeditious procedure and disposal of disputes".


Maritime Law Association of the United States

The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) was founded in 1899. Its formation was prompted by the organization, some three years earlier, of the International Maritime Committee, better known by its name in French, Comité Maritime International.


Maritime London

Maritime London is a not for profit promotional body for UK based companies which provide professional services to the international shipping industry.


The Baltic Exchange

The Baltic Exchange is a membership organisation providing independent shipping market information and maintaining professional shipbroking standards.


The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Shipping Federation (ISF)

The ICS and the ISF are the principal international trade association and employers' organisation for merchant ship operators, representing all sectors and trades and about 80% of the world merchant fleet.


The London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC)

LSLC is a specialist centre of excellence for the advancement of shipping law and maritime business.


PWC Report - The UK's Global Maritime Professional Services Contribution and Trends

The scope of the Report does not include the full impact of legal services on the maritime UK sector and further benefits / economic input to the UK. The impact of the Maritime Bar, international earnings for martitime legal companies and arbitration (LMAA or otherwise) may, therefore, be understated.

PWC Report

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