Principal, Noble Shipping Law
Helen Noble SC LLB, LLM, FCILT, is a dual Irish and English practising solicitor with over 25 years’ experience specialising in all areas of maritime and transport law. In relation to maritime issues she acts in relation to ship arrests, cargo claims, charterparty and bill of lading disputes and defending personal injury claims. Helen has acted in a number of collisions, groundings and casualties and has regularly advised on issues of port state control, marine casualty investigations by authorities and has represented owners and crew in prosecutions.
Helen routinely acts for freight forwarders, hauliers and importers and exporters for disputes arising from road transport (or as part of multi-modal transport). She regularly advises on the incorporation of standard terms and conditions under Irish Law and consideration of the CMR Convention and its application under Irish Law. She also represents hauliers in defending prosecutions by the Road Safety Authority for breach of EU and national transport legislation on tachographs, EU driver hour rules and the road transport working time directive.
Helen is regularly instructed to assist clients on commercial negotiations and the drafting of commercial agreements. She has drafted a wide spectrum of shipping and transport documents such as charterparties, bills of lading, MOA’s, terms and conditions of transport and management agreements.
Helen is a legal trainer on UNCTAD’s “Train for Trade” programme. She is a titulary member of the Comité Maritime International, a former Director of the Port of Waterford and the Irish representative for ForwarderLaw.com. She is an overseas supporting member of the LMAA, a member of the Irish Maritime Law Association and former president of the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport in Ireland.
In 2020 Helen was granted a patent of precedence entitling her to be one of the first 17 solicitors in Ireland to be awarded the title Senior Counsel.