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A new reality in line with tradition

The experience and the structure of Studio Legale Berlingieri enable its members to offer a global assistance, with careful attention to the commercial requirements of the client in all Italian ports and before any judicial authority, ensuring that any matter entrusted to its members will be handled promptly and with the greatest competence.

Studio Legale Berlingieri has direct relationship with primary law firms specialist in maritime labor, tax, administrative and penal law and, thanks to a consolidated international relationship with the most qualified foreign law firms, is in a position to provide assistance to the client in any jurisdiction before the judicial, administrative and arbitration authorities.


Studio Legale Berlingieri is a specialist in offering advices, assistance and legal protection to operators in the maritime industry in all aspects of maritime law, land, air and combined transport and international trade. Amongst its clients are included foreign States, Italian and foreign shipowners, shipyards, charterers, port operators, forwarding agents, ship managers, insurance companies and P&I Clubs, Italian and foreign banks, traders and operators in the oil and steel industries, as well as numerous amongst the outstanding European, American and Asian law firms.

The law firm provides advice in matters of European and international commercial and company law, bankruptcy and insolvency, recognition of judgments and arbitration awards and has acquired a special experience in security and enforcement procedures in connection with maritime proceedings.

Assistance to contracts and maritime disputes;

Charter-Parties and contracts of carriage, management contracts and brokerage contracts, liability and limitation of owners and carriers liability, arrest of ships and cargoes

Construction, purchase and sale and financing of yachts;

Negotiation, drafting and stipulation of contracts of building, repair and transformation of ships and pleasure boats, contracts for purchase and sale of ships and pleasure boats, contracts for the financing, leasing, mortgage and related securities, refund guarantees, restructuring of debt, procedure for the change of flag and bareboat charter registration.

International trade;

INCOTERMS, disputes in matters relating to quality and quantity of the goods, sale and documentary credits contracts, oil, chemical and other matters as well as skins and food, establishment of companies and branches, sale of shares, transfer and rent of enterprises.

Marine insurance;

P&I cover, hulls, goods, insurance agency, reinsurance, total loss of ships.

 Maritime accidents and oil polluton;

General and particular average, collisions and groundings, damage to berths, port works and floating objects, maritime piracy, limitation of owner’s liability, national and international rules on maritime environment, disposal of garbage, damage to the environment.

Maritime and air carriage of goods and persons;

Loss of or damage to goods, damages by delay, carriage by sea and air of goods and persons, damage to persons or baggage within the scope of national, community and international rules.

Multimodal and land carriage;

CMR, COTIF-CIM loss of or damage to goods, damage by delay within the scope of national, community and international rules.

Port services, forwarding and agency;

Terminal activities and logistics, port concessions, safety of port operations, accidents and labor diseases, forwarding and agency agreements, relation between owners and their auxiliaries.

Towage, salvage and offshore;

P&I cover, hulls, goods, insurance agency, reinsurance, total loss of ships.


The lawyers members of Studio Legale Berlingieri are Giorgio Berlingieri, Lorenzo Fabro and Filippo Cassola, who avail themselves of the invaluable assistance of Prof. Francesco Berlingieri in his capacity as of counsel.

They are members of maritime and legal associations, often speak at national and international conferences and cooperate, with scientific contributions, to Il Diritto Marittimo the well known maritime Italian journal founded in 1899 by Francesco Berlingieri Senior, and to foreign journals and publications.

No wonder therefore if legal and commercial organizations in the Italian maritime industry often refer to Studio Legale Berlingieri seeking advices and information to ots members who may avail themselves of the firm wide library and of their connections with the most important national and international organizations entrusted with the management and development and safety of maritime activities.

The members of the firm are often appointed as arbitrators or chairmen in important disputes either by the parties or by the organizations to which the appointment is entrusted.