Li­ti­ga­ti­on / Ar­bi­tra­ti­on Pro­cee­dings

The right mo­ve
for the best re­sult.

LE­BUHN & PUCH­TA its­elf re­pres­ents cli­ents in le­gal dis­pu­tes be­fo­re all or­di­na­ry courts of law in Ger­ma­ny.

Whe­re le­gal dis­pu­tes ari­se in for­eign coun­tries, ba­sed on our es­tab­lis­hed in­ter­na­tio­nal con­nec­tions, we select a sui­ta­ble lo­cal law firm and coor­di­na­te the li­ti­ga­ti­on in or­der best to ser­ve our cli­ents’ in­te­rests. We re­pre­sent par­ties in na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal ar­bi­tra­ti­on pro­cee­dings. Our la­wy­ers are fre­quent­ly cal­led upon to act as ar­bi­tra­tors, ad­ju­di­ca­tors or le­gal ex­perts in ar­bi­tra­ti­on.

We are fre­quent­ly in­st­ruc­ted to is­sue an ex­pert opi­ni­on on Ger­man law for pre­sen­ta­ti­on to for­eign courts, and our la­wy­ers ap­pe­ar be­fo­re courts in for­eign coun­tries in their ca­pa­ci­ty as ex­perts on Ger­man law.

  • We have ad­vi­sed and re­pre­sen­ted a US ship ow­ner and its insu­rer in re­la­ti­on to Ger­man law lia­bi­li­ty is­su­es ari­sing out of a fire da­ma­ge on­board a RoRo ship and in the li­ti­ga­ti­on in Ger­ma­ny; we have sup­por­ted the par­al­lel US dis­co­very pro­cee­dings and me­dia­ti­on pro­cess.
  • We have re­pre­sen­ted a cli­ent in DIS ad­ju­di­ca­ti­on and ar­bi­tra­ti­on pro­cee­dings with re­gard to a dis­pu­te con­cer­ning the con­struc­tion of an off­shore wind farm.
  • We have ad­vi­sed a Ger­man ship­ping group in con­nec­tion with its can­cel­la­ti­on of a se­ri­es of eight ship­buil­ding con­tracts en­t­e­red in­to with an Asi­an ship­y­ard and ac­ted for the cli­ent in the en­suing suc­cess­ful Lon­don ar­bi­tra­ti­on for the re­fund of a very sub­stan­ti­al amount re­pre­sen­ting the in­st­alm­ents paid un­der the con­tracts, plus in­te­rest, and in re­co­vering the awar­ded sums un­der the re­fund gua­ran­tees.
  • We have ac­ted for cli­ents in a Lon­don ar­bi­tra­ti­on pur­suing a sub­stan­ti­al claim for loss of hi­re fol­lowing the fail­u­re of the cli­ents’ char­te­rer to ta­ke de­li­very of the ves­sel as a new­buil­ding. The dis­pu­te in­vol­ved com­plex de­li­very pro­vi­si­ons in the chain of char­ter par­ties and the ques­ti­on whe­ther they we­re ali­gned with tho­se of the ship­buil­ding con­tract. The ca­se al­so in­vol­ved the is­sue as to whe­ther the ves­sel was in a de­li­ver­a­ble con­di­ti­on un­der the ship­buil­ding con­tract.
  • We have ac­ted for a cli­ent in a lar­ge claim for loss of hi­re un­der a long-term time char­ter in a mul­ti-ju­ris­dic­tio­n­al dis­pu­te in­vol­ving coun­tries in­clu­ding the UK, South Af­ri­ca, Aus­tra­lia, Chi­na, Sin­g­a­po­re and Ma­lay­sia. The pur­su­it of the claim in­vol­ved re­peated­ly ex­er­cis­ing li­ens on sub-freight and car­ry­ing out mul­ti­ple ship ar­rests. The ca­se in­vol­ved ma­jor is­su­es such as the exis­tence of a re­pu­dia­to­ry bre­ach for non-pay­ment of hi­re un­der the char­ter and the ques­ti­on of com­mon con­trol of va­rious mem­bers of a com­plex ship­ping group for the pur­po­se of an as­so­cia­ted ship ar­rest. Com­plex stra­te­gic con­si­de­ra­ti­ons we­re in­vol­ved due to the in­sol­ven­cy of the char­te­rer deb­tor and the ma­ny ju­ris­dic­tions in­vol­ved. The claims and coun­ter-claims we­re pur­sued on the me­rits in par­al­lel in va­rious ju­ris­dic­tions and in­vol­ved pie­cing of the cor­po­ra­te veil.
  • We have ac­ted for the ves­sel ow­ners in a hull claim un­der suc­ces­si­ve Ger­man po­li­ci­es rai­sing is­su­es as to the scope of co­ver and ap­por­ti­onment of the claim un­der the po­li­ci­es.
  • Our part­ner Dr Die­ter Arm­brust was ap­poin­ted as ex­pert on Ger­man law in a Lon­don ar­bi­tra­ti­on which rai­sed high­ly com­plex Ger­man law points on the ef­fect of Ger­man insuran­ce ar­ran­ge­ments on tit­le to sue un­der an Eng­lish law ship­buil­ding con­tract.
  • We have ac­ted for the ship­ow­ners in con­nec­tion with an oil pol­lu­ti­on in­ci­dent in the port of Val­dez, Alas­ka ori­gi­na­ting from con­tai­ne­ri­sed car­go.
  • We act for ship­ow­ners, is­suing houses and other par­ties in de­fen­ding nu­me­rous claims by in­ves­tors in clo­sed-end ship­ping funds.
  • Ac­ting as ar­bi­tra­tor in a ma­jor dis­pu­te sur­roun­ding the re­scis­si­on of a share deal in the tex­ti­le in­dus­try.

Through our la­wy­ers who are ad­mit­ted to prac­ti­ce as so­li­ci­tors in Eng­land & Wales, we re­pre­sent cli­ents in ar­bi­tra­ti­on pro­cee­dings in Lon­don.