About Us

VJ Mathew & Co. International Law Firm,  established in 1983 a full service firm is known as one among the top ranked Transport law firm in India specialised in Maritime, Admiralty, Shipping  & Aviation Law.

Our firm is headed by VJ Mathew, designated Senior Advocate having over 41 years of active national and international law practice particularly in  Indian High Courts, Supreme Court of India, National and International Arbitration Tribunals.

Sr. Adv. VJ Mathew a lawyer known for his wide range of shipping expertise and law practice, professionalism, highest standard of ethics and commitment  towards  clients,  who also travels extensively in India and abroad . He is recommended by Legal 500, Lloyds, P & I clubs, ship owners, charterers, ship management companies, agents, shipping trade, aviation, airline companies and such other corporate  organizations. VJ Mathew is regarded as one among the top ranked shipping - maritime, aviation  lawyer in India and leading among very few designated senior counsels in India specialised in the subject of maritime  and aviation laws.


Lawyers at the firm maintain good relationship with various actors in the shipping sector including international shipping industry as a whole , which includes main line operators and freight forwarding companies, NVOCC’s ,  ship owners, charterers, ship management companies, ship builders and ship repairing yards, as well as storage companies, port, port operators, immigration, customs, Ministry of Shipping, and Director General of Shipping and also honored as legal counsel to majority of shipping companies in this sector  and  corporate  organizations in India.

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Our firms’ clientele  range from major international corporations to public and private limited companies, government corporations , sole traders and private individuals in India and abroad.

Expertise & Core area of practice

We have major seven core practice areas :

  • Shipping, aviation, corporate & commercial business & finance, commercial disputes, energy & offshore, insurance & reinsurance, international trade.
  • In shipping our core area of practice are charter parties, international emergency response, passenger and cruise ships, piracy, pollution, protection and indemnity, insurance, salvage, ship building, conversion, & repair, ship finance and sale & purchase, yachts, super yachts and bunker disputes.
  • We act for ship owners, charterers, cargo interests, P&I Clubs, bunker suppliers other insurers and salvers in dealing with the legal aspects of ship fire, sinking, stranding, grounding and collision and their aftermath – such as pollution and cleanup, salvage and towage or wreck removal.
  • We also deal with contentious and non-contentious matters
  • Significant expertise in international commercial disputes.
  • We provide clients with advice on various aspects including contracts, corporate issues, employment, finance and property.

“VJ Mathew & Co. continue to dominate the Indian market”  according to Legal 500, Business Law Journal. This premier firm possesses an emergency response team that is singled out by clients for its high professional standards and strength of integrity and commitment to the clients”.


Our offices and associate offices at various Indian Port cities, state capital cities and metros along with global network of best friend offices and our international emergency response team , we are well placed to respond to our clients' needs quickly and effectively, allowing us to use our extensive contacts and resources to provide immediate, reliable legal advice and solution globally .

Our firm has rapidly earned  reputation among the clients for its excellence and developed a broad client base in India and abroad consisting of multinational corporations, public and private sector companies, ship owners, charterers , ship managers, P&I clubs , major airlines and aviation companies.


Our law firm is rated as one among the top Admiralty, Maritime and Shipping law firms India and have presence in all Port cities  and metros.  Firm has a specialized team to handle both Indian and foreign Arbitration matters in Shipping Trade, Commercial disputes.

Our Admiralty team, includes a significant number of lawyers who are experts in getting arrest of vessels from Indian High Courts in no time. We have ex-mariners in our team , which brings on board  a wealth of experience while advising clients during a casualty investigation. We advise clients on the best forum to resolve disputes, general average, claims calculation, limitation and insurance claims. We deal with national and international authorities and represent clients' interests in formal enquiries and investigations.

Our firm is committed in  maintaining the highest standard of ethics, service, delivery and meeting the needs of its clients in the shortest period. We provide swift,  cost effective, client  friendly expert legal advice, assistance and allied services on a wide range of projects and problems.



Senior Advocate
+91 - 984 7031765

VJ Mathew, a designated Senior Advocate having more than 40 years of active law practice in the Indian High Courts and Supreme Court of India. He is also having active Indian and International practice in arbitration and in maritime law.

Sr.Adv. VJ Mathew was the former  and first Chairman of  Kerala Maritime Board, a statutory body responsible for operation and  management  of 18 ports in the State of Kerala and was also the member of the International Maritime Transport Law Committee – IBA,  responsible for Asia Pacific Region.

Presently he is the Vice President of Indian Maritime Law Association, which is a forum of maritime lawyers, ship owners, vessel charterers, ports and port operators, EXIM trade, shipping trade bodies,  maritime universities  and similar organization connected with  maritime and shipping,  affiliated to Comit’e Maritime International - CMI established in Antwerp – Belgium in 1897.

VJ Mathew is the member of  following organizations

  • Vice President, Indian Maritime Law Association - affiliated to CMI, Antwerp
  • Former Chairman - Kerala Maritime Board
  • International Bar Association - IBA.London.
  • Association of European Attorneys, Spain.
  • Hong Kong Maritime Law Association (HKMLA)
  • London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Maritime Law Association Of Singapore (MLAS)

The Shipping Trade in Cochin has presented ‘MARITIME ICON OF INDIA’ award to Shri. VJ Mathew, Senior Advocate as a recognition to his expertise &  deep knowledge in Shipping and Maritime law and for his Professionalism, credibility, great achievements and his boundless contributions to the Indian Shipping Industry. Mr. K. Padmakumar - IPS, Director General of Police presented the award to Shri. VJ Mathew, Senior Advocate.



CEO & Managing Partner
+91 9745477765


Managing Partner
+91 989 567 6751


+91 - 984 122 4275


Merline Mathew
Senior Associate

Associate Lawyer practising in the High Court of Kerala and various courts and Tribunals experience in dealing with matters related to corporate, shipping, trade and electricity laws. She also has expertise in drafting agreements and contracts. She graduated from Bharata Mata school of Legal studies.


Anirudh G Kamath

Associate  Lawyer practising in the High Court of Kerala and various courts and Tribunals. He graduated from His Highness The Maharajas Government Law College Ernakulam .He is adept in utilizing strong research, preparing and reviewing documents.

Agustho Norbert

Associate lawyer,  graduate from Christ Academy Institute of Law, Bangalore .Having experiences in various  international paper publications , has been specializing in maritime  and  dealing with commercial law,  with V.J Mathew & Co practicing with the High Court of Kerala.


We are committed in  providing   our services cost effectively without compromising on quality and service. To ensure value for money we select lawyers with the appropriate level of expertise and experience for each assignment. We recognize that it is our client's perception of value for money, not ours, that is important and we strive to ensure that our charges are not only reasonable, but are also in line with our client's budgeting requirements and current market rates.

We are always prepared to be flexible in relation to our methods of charging and in agreeing specific arrangements with individual clients. In particular, if a client wants to have agreed hourly rates and is prepared to offer us a significant volume of work, then we are prepared to agree rates which are significantly less from our standard rates.

For Indian clients, the  professional fees we charge as per invoice has to be remitted to our firms bank account after deducting TDS on the professional fees plus expenses at actuals and court fees in cases if applicable. We work on hourly rates and / or lumpsum fees for foreign clients  and the professional fees and expenses has to be remitted to our firms bank account in  USD in compliance with   the Reserve Bank of India rules and guidelines on foreign remittance.


The firm retains the service of an appointed Notary under the Notary Act, 1952 who is authorized to witness the signing of legal documents such as Note of Protest , deeds, affidavits and trust and attest authentic documents in English, Malayalam,  Arabic or any foreign language after due translation to English.