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Our Transportation Practice Group is sub-divided into two, namely, aviation and maritime law practices.
Since its independence from Great Britain in 1960, aviation law and practice in Nigeria has been guided by increasingly liberal government policy. In the past twenty years engendered significant private participation in the aviation industry. We have rendered advice to clients on a wide range of aviation issues such as the creation of security interests upon acquisition of commercial (passenger) aircraft by a foreign client, aircraft finance and charter arrangements, insurance claims under aviation policies and related subrogation claims. Our Litigation Practice Group has also conducted litigation on behalf of numerous clients regarding regarding breaches of aircraft lease agreements, default of fee payments due upon air navigation services rendered to private Nigerian Airlines, and related issues.
Blackfriars LLP is a significant player in Nigeria's maritime law industry. We have represented ship owners and Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Associations on various specialist issues such as navigation, classification, collisions and damage, salvage, chartering, ship registration and transfer, as well as negotiating between parties on disputed claims. We also provide legal advice and represent clients in contentious issues of admiralty/shipping law in Nigeria. Lawyers at Blackfriars LLP have been frequently consulted by clients on various aspects of Nigeria's cabotage law.
In addition to our healthy working relationships with some of the major international law firms on maritime and shipping matters, the firm has also developed and maintained a good working relationship with the relevant industry regulatory authorities such as the local Ports, Marine Registry, and the Shippers Council.