Indian Maritime Law Association
114, Maker Chambers III, 11th Floor,
Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021.
Tel: 022 6120 6400 Fax: 022 6120 6450
Email:secretariat@indianmaritimelawassociation.com

managing committee

Late Shri S. Venkiteswaran
Senior Advocate

Founder-President of IMLA

    Mr S. Venkiteswaran, Senior Advocate, who pioneered the establishment of the Indian Maritime Law Association (IMLA), was its first President till he passed away on 21st December 2013. Mr Venkiteswaran had several decades of distinguished practice, chiefly in Shipping, Maritime, Aviation and related matters. He had appeared in all the High Courts in India and also the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.
    During his long career as a lawyer, he rendered legal advice and represented most of the Indian shipping companies. The shipping industry knew him as India's foremost expert on maritime law. He had advised the Government of India, from time to time, and had been associated with several Committees constituted by the Government of India for drafting of legislations as also subordinate legislations.
    One of his pet subjects was the formation of a maritime constituency in India, to bring together under one umbrella all the players in the Indian industry, including the Government, trade associations, lawyers, shipping companies, insurance companies, the companies and other professionals servicing the maritime sector. He was able to achieve this objective by the formation of the Committee Maritime - India (CM-I) (later on renamed as the Indian Maritime Law Association), becoming its Founder-President.

Dr.B.S.Bhesania
President

    Dr.Bakhtiar S Bhesania, joined Mulla & Mulla Craigie Blunt & Caroe in early 1958 . Special sheres of practice include Admiralty and Port laws, Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Conveyancing and Corporate Laws. Ex- Committee member appinted by Central Govt. for drafting Admiralty Law of India. Member of the International Council of Jurist for the period 2010- 2015. Ph.D from Uninversity of Mumbai. Solicitor High Court of Mumbai and Supreme Court of India(1959) . Solicitor Supreme Court of England & Wales (1981) and Solicitor Supreme Court of Hong Kong (1982).
    Contact: Mulla House, 51, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 001.
    Email:president@indianmaritimelawassociation.com
    Tel : +91 22 2204 7201
    Fax : +91 22 2204 0246

Shri Shardul Thacker
Vice President

    Advocate and partner of law firm Mulla & Mulla appeared at High Courts and Supreme Court of India. He represents many ship owners and P&I clubs and also appeared in many domestic and international arbitrations.
    Contact: Mulla House, 51, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai-400 001.

Shri V.J Mathew
Vice President

    Designated Senior Advocate based in cochin and a well known shipping / Maritime lawyer and partner of VJ Mathew & Co, International Law Firm. Practise at various High Courts and Supreme Court of India. He represents many ship owners and P&I clubs and also appeared in many domestic and international arbitrations.
    Contact: V.J.Mathew & Co.,
    International Law Firm
    Level 2, Johnsara‚'s Court,
    Girinagar North, Kadavanthra,
    Cochin-682020, Kerala, India.
    Ph: +91 484 220 6703, 803
    Email: vjmathew@vjmathew.com
    www.vjmathew.com

Shri Prashant S. Pratap
Vice President

    Designated Senior Advocate and boutique Maritime lawyer and partner of PSP Law office . Practise at various High Courts and Supreme Court of India. He represents many ship owners and P&I clubs and also appeared in many domestic and international arbitrations.
    Contact: #151, Maker Chambers III, Nariman Point, Mumbai-400 021.

Ms. S. Priya
Joint Secretary

    Advocate and a well known Maritime lawyer. Practise at various High Courts and Supreme Court of India. She represents many ship owners and P&I clubs and also appeared in many domestic and international arbitrations.
    Contact: 114, Maker Chambers III, Nariman Point, Mumbai-400 021.

Shri Kamaljit Singh
Treasurer

    Advocate and a Maritime lawyer. Practise at various high courts and Supreme Court in India. He represents many ship owners and P&I clubs and also appeared in many domestic and international arbitrations.
    Contact: Chamber No.304, 3rd Floor, Shree Mahavir Chambers, Cawasji Patel Street, Flora Fountain, Mumbai-400 001.

Shri Raman W. Walawalkar
Managing Committee Member

    Well known advocate and boutique Maritime lawyer. Practise at various High Courts and Supreme Court of India. He represents many ship owners and P&I clubs and also appeared in many domestic and international arbitrations.
    Contact: 601, 6th Floor , Shanty Niketan Building No.21, Vachha Gandhi Road, Gamdevi, Mumbai-400 007.

Shri Adil Kaikobad Patel
Managing Committee Member

    Well known advocate and Maritime lawyer partner Bhatt & Saldanha . Practise at various High Courts and Supreme Court of India. He represents many ship owners and P&I clubs and also appeared in many domestic and international arbitrations.
    Contact: 21, 2nd Floor, Poornima, Colaba Road, Colaba, Mumbai-400 005.

Shri Hemant Narichania
Managing Committee Member

    Advocate and boutique Maritime lawyer. Practise at various High Courts and Supreme Court of India. He represents many ship owners and P&I clubs and also appeared in many domestic and international arbitrations.
    Contact: 59, Lakshmi Insurance Bldg, 22, Sir P.M.Road, Mumbai-400 001.

Shri Hormazdiyaar S.R. Vakil
Managing Committee Member

    Partner of Mulla and Mulla, Mumbai and a well known lawyer practising shipping / maritime law.
    Mobile: +919820044960

Shri S. Vasudevan
Managing Committee Member

    A well known Shipping Lawyer practising at the High Court of Chennai.
    Mobile: +919840340123

Shri George Jacob
Managing Committee Member

    He is the Director of James Mackintosh & Co. Pvt.Ltd. Mumbai one of the major P & I Club Correspondents in India and steamer agents. having office at Mumbai.
    Mobile : + 91- 9820076119