Jean Chiazor & Partners (Ofianyi Chambers) is a dynamic Law Firm, with experienced Legal Practitioners, Arbitrators and Notaries Public, versed in Corporate matters, Litigation, Maritime issues, Ship Registration, Ship Acquisition, Legal Drafting and Conveyancing, Insurance Law, Real and Intellectual Properties, Oil and Gas Law, Secretarial jobs, Arbitration, to mention but a few.

We carry out our clients’ instructions with minimum delay and are committed to committing a Law Firm bases on expertise and services, with a personal touch.

Jean Chiazor & Partners (Ofianyi Chambers) has a close working relationship with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Lloyds Register of Ships- UK, where the “bio-data” of registered ships and their registered owners, are kept.

Jean Chiazor & Partners (Ofianyi Chambers) has vast experience in the specialised field of Maritime Law. We operate from the Nigerian Shippers’ Council Towers, Lagos, Nigeria and have an intimate understanding of the unique aspects of the Nigeria Jurisdiction, one of the World’s most ‘favoured’ Jurisdictions for arrest of Vessels.

We provide efficient and cost-effective enforcement and defense to all maritime-related claims, ship arrests, ship mortgage registration, and legal advisory.

The Maritime and Transport Department of Jean Chiazor & Partners (Ofianyi Chambers), is internationally recognised as offering leading expertise throughout all major Nigerian Ports. This reputation has been built on a vast experience, 24-hours availability and speed of response.

The Firm has been involved in numerous significant cases, many of which were ultimately settled by negotiation in Nigeria; some of these Vessels are: ~MV CRETE~, ~MV PARASKEVI~, MV DIEKE RICKMERS~ and ~MV ACTUARIA~. The Firm has also bagged some accolade in its involvement in other cases of academic and practical importance. A few are the ‘MV ADVENTURER’, MT PROGRESS’, MV VANGUARD’, ‘MV SAMKIP’, MV ACE ORNOLO’, ‘MV DONGXIN 8’, THE COSCO SEATTLE’, MT ASTERIS, MV MAERSK PASCD’ ‘MV CASY’, MT OZAY 6’ AND ‘MV MAERSK ATHENS’.

In the case of the Firm as a whole, the department represents a wide range of International and Nigerian clients, including major ship owners, P&I Clubs, hull and cargo underwriters and banks involved in ship financing, debt recovery, Garnishee Proceedings etc.


  • Arrest
  • Access & Examination Orders
  • Bills of Lading
  • Cargo claims
  • Charter parties
  • Carriage of goods
  • General average
  • Hull and cargo insurance
  • Judicial Sales & Foreclosures
  • Liens
  • Maritime training
  • Maritime Arbitration
  • Mortgage foreclosures
  • P&I
  • Personal injuries
  • Pollution
  • Salvage and stowaways
  • Security arrests
  • Ship sale and purchase
  • Ship finance

In recent years, there has been an enormous amount of interest in the broader subject of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). This includes arbitration and other methods of settling disputes, such as mediation. Our Firm is equipped to advice clients on ADR.

The skills acquired in maritime litigation have been applied to commercial and general litigation, including product liability, environmental and regulatory work, insurance matters, bank and trade-related matters and project finance.

We are available to render our services to you on a relationship basis or ad hoc. We sincerely welcome a relationship with you. A relationship we call “You and Us”.

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