Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) is a legal centre dedicated to research, education and training in the law concerning seafarers. In the course of our work, we encounter seafarers who are in need of legal assistance.

SRI does not recommend one lawyer/law firm over another, but we are conscious that it is often difficult for seafarers to find lawyers who are experienced in representing seafarers, or willing to accept seafarers as clients.

To assist seafarers, SRI has created a Charter of Good Practice for Provision of Legal Services to Seafarers (the Charter), and we have invited lawyers/law firms around the world to subscribe to the Charter, and to indicate their areas of expertise.

Subscribers to the Charter are lawyers/law firms professionally licensed to practice in their respective jurisdictions. SRI cannot accept any legal liability for the professional work of any lawyer/law firm who subscribes to the Charter.


THE CHARTER

This Charter is a statement of good practice in the provision of legal services to seafarers. It is not a legally binding contract, nor does it in any way interfere with any specific relationship that a lawyer/law firm may have with a seafarer client.

The signatories to this Charter subscribe to the following principles at all times in the provision of legal services to seafarers:

  • To treat the seafarer fairly, respectfully and without discrimination.
  • To provide the seafarer with the best possible information in easily understandable language so that informed decisions can be made about the available options.
  • To provide the seafarer with the best possible information about the lawyer’s/law firm’s fees and expenses, and about any available third party funding for the matter. Fees and expenses will be fair and reasonable.
  • To progress the matter diligently and to keep the seafarer informed regularly.
  • To act competently employing the necessary expertise in the law relating to the seafarer’s specific matter.
  • To act in accordance with instructions received from, and arrangements made with, the seafarer.
  • To act for the seafarer free from conflict of interests.
  • To keep the seafarer’s affairs confidential.
  • To review the matter regularly and keep the seafarer informed when it is completed.

The statements in this Charter may be subject to overriding duties to the courts and to the justice system.

(July 2013)