A client driven practice
Corporate / Commercial
We advise on corporate and commercial transactions including, sale and acquisition of assets, international sale of goods, financing, foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, joint ventures and insolvency matters.
Commercial and General Litigation
We handle complex commercial litigation relating to property and casualty damage, business enterprises, contract disputes, employment, personal injury defence and other disputes.
Our practice is recognized for its strength in:
Defense of P&I and vessel owners' interest.
Insurance defence litigation.
Advice on coverage issues.
Regulatory compliance issues
Admiralty and Maritime Law
Our maritime practice advises on:
Charterparty drafting, negotiation and disputes – including bareboat, time and voyage charters, as well as special project and offshore supply vessel charters.
Claims arising out of collision, salvage and general average.
Wreck removal, pollution and other environmental issues.
Cargo claims arising from marine or multi-modal transit.
Stevedore and terminal liabilities.
Vessel arrests and in rem claims.
Personal injury defense.
Ship financing, purchase and sale.
Ship construction and repair contacts
We also advise on the management and operation of ships including their registration, Coasting Trade Act licences and related customs and excise issues.
Our employment law practice provides strategic advice to employers in the non-union context and regularly advise on:
Application of the common law and employment standards legislation.
Drafting and reviewing employment contracts and policies.
Wrongful dismissal cases.
Advice on privacy in the workplace.
Advice on the applicability of Canadian employment law internationally.
Cases involving injuries in the workplace.
Advice to employers with respect to reorganization.
Procurement and Administrative Law
We advise our clients on government procurement and purchasing matters and assist in resolving related disputes including appearing before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). Metcalf & Company staff have experience with international defense offsets and shipbuilding procurement contracts.
Shipping and Transportation
We represent Canadian and international shipowners, charterers, operators and managers, lending institutions, clasiffication societies, freight forwarders, terminal operators, and other law firms across the full range of maritime and transportation law including wet and dry, contentious and non-contentious matters.
Marine and Specialty Insurance
Throughout Atlantic Canada Metcalf & Company provides contentious and advisory services to all parties in the marine and transportation insurance business including local, national and international clients including a number of P&I Clubs as well as Hull and Machinery and general insurance underwriters headquartered in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Shipbuilding and Off-shore construction
Our team can advise ship owners, ship builders, ship repairers, naval architects, Classification Societies and suppliers both domestically and internationally with respect to their contracts.
Offshore Oil and Gas
We advise on all aspects of the marine component relating to Canadian offshore oil and gas activities including service contracts and the issues connected with them, all aspects of the regulatory environment, and marine support services.
We have a significant practice in the area of fisheries law, particularly as it relates to partnership agreements, trust agreements, and the purchase and sale of fishing enterprises.
We represent regional airlines, airport authorities and aviation insurers as well as assist other domestic and international law firms in connection with asset-based financing, personal injury defence, licencing and other regulatory matters related to the aviation industry.