Every country has its own legal system and traditions, but most of these also share plenty in common with others. The so-called “common law” system that crops up across so many English-speaking countries, for example, helps fill in the gaps and provide well tested support to the various national takes on justice and legality. Attorneys who have a deep understanding of the common law therefore often find themselves able to weigh in thoughtfully and in informed fashion on legal matters, if not always in an official capacity, arising in countries other than their own. Just as the common law acts as a thread binding many different national legal systems worldwide together in notable ways, so does the global history of maritime law serve a similar function.
Maritime legal matters, in fact, are quite often of an essentially international nature, meaning that they can only be settled appropriately through reference to precedents and arguments originating in various countries around the world. Given that international shipping has become such a fundamental part of trade in the modern world, having access to such effective legal counsel has likewise become an important requirement in a great many cases.
This is especially true in Singapore, a country whose economy is of an even more markedly international character than just about any other in the world. As the world’s second busiest facility of its kind, the Port of Singapore is responsible not only for allowing the entry of goods needed by the island nation’s residents, but also for enabling the continued passage of many shipments bound for elsewhere. Given that volume of activity, significant issues related to shipping and maritime law arise regularly and inevitably, each and every day.
Because of this, shipping lawyers in Singapore often end up being some of the busiest in the world, as well. By helping to resolve issues that could otherwise leave their clients facing damages of millions of dollars or more, attorneys who take on such cases provide truly valuable service. In addition to providing support that each and every individual client finds helpful and worthy, they also help to enable the world’s trade in a huge variety of commodities and finished goods.