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Maritime & Shipping Law

With offices in nations that play a significant role in the maritime industry on the world stage, KARBAL & CO offers legal advice on all aspects of maritime and shipping law. Our past legal consultancy experience encompasses both international law and the laws of the Gulf region and North Africa. Through our professional experience in Dubai and Libya, we have expanded our practice to include not only international arbitration, but all transactional aspects of maritime law, such as commercial trade and corporate development, and emergencies.

Having founded the law firm, Dr. Karbal is well versed in international shipping, maritime, and admiralty law, having earned an LL.M in Maritime Law from University College London, UCL. Dr. Karbal’s experience encompasses international transactional legal work in South-east Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Dr. Karbal further has experience in London Maritime Arbitration and holds a Certificate in Maritime Dispute Resolution and Arbitration from Lloyd's Maritime Academy,

As our Managing Partner Dr. Karbal was the Head of the Legal Department of the Abu Dhabi Transportation Department, we have experience in providing government offices with legal services. We have reviewed and redrafted the currently enacted “Waterways Management Regulations for the Emirates of Abu Dhabi,” which concern the rules for navigation, safety of ships and licensing. 

We provide legal services for contracts entered into by or with the following shipping companies:

  • General trading companies
  • Shipping companies
  • Freight-forwarders (Bulk carriers, Containers ships, tankers, and gas carriers)
  • Logistics companies
  • Ship building companies
  • Tanker shipping companies
  • Drilling rig operators
  • Defunct shipping companies
  • Chemical shipping companies
  • Supply shipping companies
  • Dry bulk shipping companies


Expert opinions on Libyan Law

Our firm provides legal opinions on all contentious matters involving Libyan law. In furtherance of assisting our clients, our Libyan legal consultants serve as expert witnesses for all legal matters involving Libyan law. 

Our Libyan lawyers are fluent in Arabic and capable of delivering expert legal opinions. Our founding partner, Dr. Karbal has personally served as an expert witness on contentious matters involving Libyan law, including serving as an expert witness in U.S. federal court. 

Please see our Maritime Law Brochure for more information. 


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With offices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Tripoli, Libya, KARBAL & CO is an international law firm that provides legal consultancy and arbitration services to contribute to the growth and development of the Middle East and North Africa.

In our extensive experience in the region, our firm has provided legal and arbitration services to clients in the governments of both Libya and the United Arab Emirates, as well as corporations and individuals. 


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Contact Us

Dubai Office

Tel:+ (971) 4 246 8158
Fax:+ (971) 4 246 4286
Mobile: + (971) 50 443 4286
E-Mail: dubai@karbal.net

Libya Office
Suite 163,
16th Floor, Section No.1
Tripoli Tower,
Tripoli, Libya

Tel:+(365) 21 378967
Fax:+(218) 21 3362537
Mobile: +(365) 991 3 0587
E-Mail: libya@karbal.net