We Are An International Transportation Law Firm

London, Limassol & Hong Kong.

 

The Sky Is Not The Limit

When you have our in – depth knowledge in aviation – related matters.

 

It Might Be Safe In The Harbour But That's Not What It Was Built For.

Taking care of your private yacht.

 

Hong Kong Office

Assisting our clients who operate in the Asian market.

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A Continued Relationship With Our International Clientele

For the last decade, our firm has provided specialized legal services to the largest transport operators in the world.

We assist our clients with all aspects of marine, aviation, and ground transportation disputes as well as providing structured advice of new projects and developments in the transportation industry.

Litigation and/or arbitration are not always the appropriate solution to a dispute. We take time to consider amicable & non-confrontational avenues to resolve disputes. Tailor made Services for outstanding results.

Our Philosophy

Set up in 2006 by Soto Skinitis. We have a strong & continued relationship with a worldwide shipping clientele. Current offices in Cyprus and Hong Kong, liaison centres in Greece & UK.

Our History

Bringing the world to your world. Joint Venture with LG. Zambartas LLC, Cyprus Law Offices. Associated with Gallen Alliance Solicitors in Dublin. Providing the utmost in marine legal services.

Our Associations

Our Range Of Legal Services

 Arbitration

Specializing in LMAA, GAFTA and various forms of international arbitration, with experience of ADR proceedings in London, Paris, Hong Kong & Singapore.

Litigation

Specializing in all types of judicial proceedings in the English Courts at all levels, including Supreme Court proceedings.

Mediation

Bringing parties to mediation forums and thereby avoiding arbitration or litigation in all major shipping hub cities.

Ship Sale & Purchase

Dealing with Vessel sale and purchase agreements for our worldwide clientele by an experienced team of solicitors.

 CMR / Carriage By Road

Assisting clients with any aspect of combined transport contracts in the supply chain.

 Aviation

Assisting clients in the aviation industry, particularly in relation to financing & leasing.

 Yachts / Asset Management

Providing advice on financing, underwriting & dispute resolution for yacht owners, underwriters & brokers.

 Vessel Registation

Handling a wide variety of registrations with popular flag nations such as Liberia, Panama & Greece.

 Oil Pollution

Pursuit of all forms of claims to underwriters and international bodies.

Why Choose Us

Protecting your interests.  Securing your assets.  Giving you peace of mind.

Our Team & Associates


SOTO SKINITIS - Solicitor & Founder
Soto qualified as a solicitor with Lewis Moore & Co in 1999 having gained legal experience at Poles, Tublin Patestides & Stratakis in Manhattan, USA. He then went on to practice with Jackson Parton and Norton Rose, before founding the Skinitis Maritime Law firm in May 2006. He has been invited to be guest lecturer in Shipping Law at the Business College of Athens.
Soto remains largely focused on dry shipping. His main area of expertise is with disputes relating to charterparties, bills of lading, ship management agreements, ship sales & purchase contracts, bunker contamination, cargo claims, bad stowage, and other fields that relate to the dry shipping market. His extensive legal knowledge is complemented by a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of shipping gained whilst serving in the Greek merchant navy.
Soto is fluent in English and Greek, and has a good command of French.


ANGIE PETRITSI – Office Manager/Accounts
Over the last 18 years, Angie has gained a variety of skills and knowledge through secretarial and accounting positions she has held in shipping and non-shipping companies.
She joined Skinitis Maritime Law firm in August 2008 and is now responsible for the office accounting, as well as providing full secretarial cover to the practice manager.

GEORGE ZAMBARTAS – Joint Venture Solicitor
George holds a BA (Hons) in Law and Politics from the University of London’s Queen Mary College. 
He has extensive experience in Commercial Law and Cypriot Corporate Law as well as shipping, ship financing, maritime claims, ship management and purchase/sales of ships, including new builds.
He has undertaken ship registration, re-flagging, re-naming and parallel registration in all major registries around the world. After heading up the Commercial Litigation Department of a Law Firm in the UK, he moved to Cyprus in 1999 to take up the position as in house Legal Advisor of a leading global Shipping Company.
In August 2008 he left the niche corporate law/shipping law practice of Economides Dionysiou & Co to form Zambartas Law Offices.

JOHN P. GALLEN - Managing Director of Gallenalliance Solicitors
John Gallen is the Managing Director of gallenalliance Solicitors, Dublin.  He established the firm in 2006 and advises a range of blue-chip Irish and International financial institutions and corporates.
He was previously with Ashurst (London and Singapore) and with A&L Goodbody (Dublin).  John features in the Who's Who as "sterling reputation".  He holds a Joint Honours Degree in Law and Computer Sciences, a Diploma in Software Engineering and is a Solicitor in Ireland and in England & Wales.

SONIA AJINI – Shipping and Corporate Law Legal Consultant
Sonia joined L.G. Zambartas LLC in February 2010. In 2003 she graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Matej Bel in Slovakia where she obtained her Master’s degree in Law following which she has re-located to Cyprus. 
Sonia was working for one of the biggest Cypriot ship owning and ship management company and a very reputable international maritime consultancy company. She gained a vast experience in commercial, corporate, maritime and admiralty laws, ship finance, sale and purchase of ships including new buildings.
In 2005 she also obtained academic title doctor of law with her major subject being International Law. She also passed the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers exams in 2005.She obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law and LLM in maritime law at the London Metropolitan University. She predominantly deals with commercial, contract, companies laws, maritime claims, maritime and admiralty law, alternative dispute resolution in Cyprus as well as intellectual property law.
Sonia is one of the founding members of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association Cyprus (WISTA Cyprus) www.wista.net; in 2011 she became a Vice-President and Director of WISTA Cyprus (in December 2014 she retired from the above positions). In 2012 she also became a Secretary General of the Cyprus Arbitration and Mediation Centre www.cyprusarbitration.com.cy.
Sonia is also a legal advisor of the Czech Embassy in Cyprus and an associate lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire - Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) of an LLM shipping law module.

Getting In Touch

For general inquiries please send us your details using the form below or an email to info@skintislaw.com.

If you are a client, please contact the relevant office by telephone to find out where to direct your email.