Top 100 Korean Lawyers & Legal Consultants in Korea

Sean Hayes, head of the Top Korean Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year was rated by LawAsia, one of the leading peer-reviewed publications in Asia, as a Top 100 Lawyer in Korea. Sean Hayes is one of the only non-Korean attorneys on this Korean Lawyer “A-list” and the only non-Korean that was on the list each year the list was published. Sean Hayes is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of

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Korean Cargo Claims under Korean Maritime Law

If you’ve ever wondered how to bring cargo claims under the Maritime Law/Shipping Law in Korea when South Korea is not a signatory to any international conventions governing the shipping of goods by sea, such as the Hague-Visby, Hamburg, or Rotterdam conventions, continue reading to find out. For information on arresting a ship in Korea please see: Arrest/Attachment of Ships at Korean Ports: Maritime Liens in Korea. And for an article on releasing an arrested ship please see: Releasing an Arrested

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Release of an Arrested Vessel in Korea: Maritime Liens in Korea

We wrote an article about the Arrest of Vessels in Korean waters in a post last week. The article is a useful guide for those considering arresting a ship in Korean waters. The post may be found at: Arrest/Attachment of Vessels in Korean Waters: Maritime Liens for Creditors in Korea. This post describes how you may obtain the release of a vessel arrested in Korean waters. The Korean Courts have put in place an efficient post-arrest procedure that, often, quickly

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Top Law Firms in Korea for English-Speaking Clients According to 10 Magazine

We are proud to note that 10 Magazine listed us in an article titled 10 Lawyers in Seoul for English-Speaking Expats in Korea. IPG is listed under the title Large/International Law Firms. Thanks for the mention 10 Magazine. We love your work. IPG Legal and many of our lawyers were listed as top attorneys by numerous legal rating services and magazines. Sean Hayes was, also, rated a top 100 Attorney. The article by 10 Magazine on the law firms in Korea

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Korea’s Amendment to the Act on the Arrival, Departure, etc. of Ships: Korean Shipping Law

Dangerous substances, illegal substances and other controlled substances are believed, in Korea, to be more often transported by ships into Korean waters. Thus, the Korean government has amended the Korean Shipping Law. To, among other things, increase transparency of what is being shipped, the Korean Act on the Arrival, Departure, etc. of Ships (hereinafter as “Act on Ships” or “Korean Shipping Act”) was amended. The Korean Act on Ships, in general, establishes regulations concerning the arrival and departure of ships,

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Arrest/Attachment of Ships at Korean Ports: Maritime Liens in Korea

The arrest of vessels/ships in Korea is a common tool to satisfy judgments against debtors. Korean courts allow the ex-parte arrest of ships. The court in Korea, normally, does not request from the Korean counsel of the creditor/claimant evidence of how long the ship will remain in Korean waters, as is, sometimes, the case in other neighboring jurisdictions. We find Korea to be a much easier destination for arresting vehicles than many other Asian nations, because of the efficiency focus

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Material Breach of Korean Contracts Under Korean Law: Primary Obligations vs. Secondary Obligations in Korea Courts

In most Western nations a “material” breach of a contract leads to the non-breaching party not having to perform its obligations under the contract, while allowing the non-breaching party to immediately sue for all damages (or performance).The Restatement (Second) of Contracts 241 notes that the following criteria can be used to determine whether a specific action/inaction constitutes a material breach: “In determining whether a failure to render or to offer performance is material, the following circumstances are significant: (a) the

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English-speaking Korean lawyers and International Lawyers at International Law Firm in Korea discussing issues of Korean Law

IPG Legal is a leading client-focused international law firm with offices in Korea that is, often, selected over the ubiquitous Korean Law Firms when success is essential and success depends on nuanced street-smart advice, proactive  and unconflicted representation. Our attorneys are, intentionally. different from the crowd.  From our retired judge partners to our junior associates, we are all trained with an intense focus on client success, lawyer proactivity, and to understand the nexus between your commercial and legal needs. Our attorneys

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Opportunities for Australian and New Zealand Business in Korea

Opportunities for New Zealand and Australian businesses because of recently passed bilateral FTAs are immense.  Korean consumers, increasingly, are looking for quality food products and the “fresh/pure” image of New Zealand and Australian products places these nations’ products at the top of the minds of Koreans. New Zealand’s largest exports are:  dairy, beef, lamb, wine,wood and fruits.  While, Australia’s leading exports are: coal, oil & gases, iron ore, precious metals, beef and certain agricultural products. We suspect to see, from

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Law of the Sea: Vessel Security

My friend over at Norwich University has some interesting stats on Article 110 of UNCLOS. While Somali incidents have dropped 95 percent to seven cases in 2013, piracy in Southeast Asia is exploding. As you may have heard, eight hundred thousand gallons of diesel was recently pilfered from a large oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca. Korea has sent ships to the region. The area is clearly the world’s new piracy hotspot. Attacks and attempts in the waters of Indonesia,

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