Shipping & Transport / Logistics

Who We Are

We serve local and international clients both in respect of disputes and contractual matters. In contractual matters, we assist the clients with international carriage agreements, warehouse lease agreements, purchase agreements, co-operation agreements with partners and agreements with clients.
Shipping and transport matters are handled by our experts having a rare combination of both experience and academic background in shipping and maritime matters. Our core focus is mostly related to carrier's liability insurance and marine insurance matters. Key competence areas are cargo insurance and road carrier's liability under local law and CMR.

Practice In Detail
  • Air Carriage Disputes
  • Bill of Lading Disputes
  • CMR Litigation
  • Carriage Contract Disputes
  • Carrier’s Liability Insurance
  • Distribution Contracts
  • Freight Forwarder Disputes
  • Freight Forwarding Disputes
  • Logistics Park Development
  • Logistics for Retail
  • M&A of Terminals
  • Sea Carriage Disputes
  • Trade Finance
  • Warehouse Leases
Clients
  • AirBaltic
  • AON Baltic
  • CMA CGM
  • Dommo Grupa
  • DPD
  • East Capital Real Estate
  • Eesti Post
  • Fracht
  • If P&C Insurance
  • Inova Baltic
  • Itella Logistics
  • Latvijas autoceļu uzturētājs
  • NPD Logistics Solutions
  • Omniva
  • SmartLynx Airlines
  • Triangel
  • Valmieras stikla šķiedra

Experience

Legal assistance to Omniva SIA with the application of the General Data Protection Regulation and data protection issues.

Assistance to Fracht SIA in preparation of draft contracts for road transport IT platform.

Providing legal support with employment related issues and representing international postal and logistics company in employment matters before the court.

Representing a marine insurance company in litigation against a Latvian retailer regarding the retailer’s failure to pay for the delivered goods according to United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

Representing If P&C Insurance AS in dispute with a stevedore company Liepājas Osta LM AS in relation to a claim for compensation of losses in the amount of EUR 1.3 Mio. The damage most likely was caused by exposure to saltwater and therefore the cargo of steel bars was damaged during transportation from Liepaja to Liverpool. The court of appeals ruled in the favour of the client.

Representing Iveco Group companies in a dispute worth EUR 0.63 Mio against its previous dealer Ive Motors SIA, which became insolvent. The dispute involved several complex legal aspects concerning the jurisdiction, applicable substantive law and others.

Representing VIMEX a second defendant in court case initiated by the insolvent AS Liepājas Metalurgs against its creditor Gesenice for declaring the agreements of delivery of steel products to Gesenice null and void and for collection of the damages in the amount of EUR 0.21 Mio.

Representing If P&C Insurance AS Lithuania in litigation concerning complex relationship between several carriage companies, which are based both in the jurisdiction of Latvia and Lithuania. VILGERTS represents the client in litigation for damages against the carriers and their insurers. VILGERTS has assisted the client in obtaining a favourable judgment from the first instance court acknowledging a possibility to bring a direct action against an insurer in non-compulsory liability insurance case.

Representing Latvijas Pasts VAS in high-profile IP and IT dispute against Exigen Services (the leading IT company in Latvia), where after the software development agreement between interested parties was terminated, Exigen Services filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Latvijas Pasts VAS.

Representing Fracht SIA in court proceedings against a former shareholder and a transport company concerning an alleged collusion of latter two to perform illegal activities with the property of the client, including deviation from the agreed route of transportation under the agreement. VILGERTS is representing the client in civil proceedings in order to claim compensation for the damages arising out of the misappropriation of the cargo that is the subject to further inspection in criminal proceedings.

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