Bills of Lading & LOIs (Online Seminar)

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    Dates: 17, 19 & 20 October  2022


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    Duration: 3 Days

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    Hours: 19:00 – 21:30 (GMT +3)

  • Fees: 350 € (Including tuition fees & reading material)
    ICS Members are eligible to a discount 20% on all HMC Professional Maritime Seminars



Bills of lading are the most frequently encountered contracts of carriage in the shipping industry. Under this scope, the seminar offers a great opportunity to take part in a profound theoretical and practical examination of bills of lading. Participants will also be introduced to letters of indemnity and get a practical insight to their commercial and legal complexities.


Bills of Lading

  • Overview & Types of Bills of Lading
  • Functions of the Bill of Lading
  • Obligation of parties involved
  • Transfer of Contractual rights
  • Legal Framework
  • Fraudulent Practices  & Claims
  • Practical Highlights

Letters of indemnity (LOIs)

  •  Content & Parties providing the LOI
  • Enforcement
  • The Latest trends and issues
  • P&I cover position


The seminar will be delivered exclusively online by fully tutored live learning. Once your registration is completed, you will receive an email with all the information and the link for the webinars. For your participation no special equipment is needed except a camera and a microphone.

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Chartering & Operations Executives, Commercial Managers, Ship Masters & Chief Officers, Marine Insurance & Claims Executives, Shipowners, Lawyers & Legal Professionals

Instructor &CV


Ioanna Vitta, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper International

Ioanna Vitta is a Partner in the marine, trade and international shipping team of Penningtons Manches Cooper. Ioanna has over 25 years’ experience in shipping litigation and dispute resolution and specialises in disputes arising from international trade and shipping, including Bills of lading; Charterparties; MoA; Shipbuilding disputes. Ioanna also advises on casualties including LOF salvage, Collisions, Groundings, General Average, Fire and Cargo claims. She is also a member of the Emergency Response team of the Firm.

Her practice regularly involves the handling of cases in London arbitration, mediation and litigation in the English Courts. Ioanna became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2018 (FCIArb). She has extensive experience in handling multi-jurisdictional disputes and often is actively involved in sale and purchase transactions with or without finance.

She is a qualified lawyer in Greece since 1991 and qualified Solicitor of England and Wales since 2002. Prior working in private practice, she worked as in-house Legal Counsel for shipping companies as well as the Maritime and Transports’ Division of the European Parliament in Brussels and Luxembourg.  Ioanna holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Athens and a Master of Laws (LL.M) on Maritime Law from the University of Southampton. Ioanna speaks Greek and French. She regularly provides clients with in-house training and presents seminars worldwide on a wide range topic including bunker claims, Scopic and General average, Bills of Lading and Letters of Indemnity and others.

Ioanna has been highlighted in Global Chambers since 2008 annually and Chambers Europe who have commented that “her dedication to the industry and ability to get results are why she has a great reputation…” She is also rated among market sources for her “diligence, experience and spot-on advice”. Ioanna has been awarded the International Choice Client Award in 2018.