Gavin Fitzmaurice

Gavin Fitzmaurice
  • Managing Partner and Executive Committee Member
  • Company: Webber Wentzel Cape Town

Gavin has been involved in major maritime litigation resulting from disasters and casualties since 1992, including all aspects of casualty investigations, dealing with access to crew, vessels and documents, taking evidence on commission, subsequent trial and arbitration work, and in courts of marine enquiry. He has experience in all aspects of arrest work, having represented parties in relation to enforcement proceedings, obtaining of security, and both effecting and setting aside complex associated ship arrests. He has experience in all port related work including for underwriters and reinsurers, and also in dealing with P&I Club matters, for owners or charterers. Gavin has been involved in precedent-setting legal decisions and numerous judgments and has expertise in mortgage foreclosures, judicial ship sales, and related commercial work, as well as in marine and transport insurance and related cargo claims. He also deals with loss of life and personal injuries matters in the marine context. He has experience in ship repair matters, including related arbitration work. Gavin served as the president of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa (MLASA) from August 2018 to August 2020, chaired the Cape Chapter of the MLASA from 2007 to 2017 and is an external examiner for the University of Cape Town’s Admiralty Law Department.

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