Firm Profile

For almost three decades, DelRosarioLaw has led in the Shipping and Transport practice in the Philippines and continues to do so. This enduring reputation has made the Firm’s opinion in major maritime policies of the Philippines most sought after. With the Philippines supplying more than 20% of the worldwide requirement for seafarers, developments in the Philippines are clearly watched by the leading figures in the international maritime industry. The Firm’s Ruben T. Del Rosario has been invited to sit in the tripartite body that formulated the amendments to the standard contract for Filipino seafarers. Maritime arbitration was likewise given official recognition through the efforts of the Firm both in the standard contract for seafarers and the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI). The Philippine Maritime Voluntary Arbitrators Association (PMVAA) has Ruben T. Del Rosario as its charter president.


The Firm continues to act for international shipowners and their P&I Clubs on controversies involving labour, collisions, oil pollution/spills, charter party/bill of lading disputes, ship sale and purchase, ship finance, ship mortgage and ship registrations. The Firm’s present roster of P&I and specialist Clubs spans the major continents of the world. In Europe the list of P&I and specialist Clubs represented by the Firm includes the UK P&I Club, Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd, West of England, North of England, British Marine Insurance, Charterama, Raets P&I, ITIC, Charterers Mutual and Shipowners Mutual P&I Association in the United Kingdom; Assuranceforeningen Gard ,Assuranceforeningen Skuld, Nordisk Skibsrederforening in Norway, The Swedish Club in Sweden; Noord Nederlansche in the Netherlands, Ingosstrakh Insurance Company and Rosgosstrakh Insurance Company in Russia. In the Americas, the Firm is correspondent for the American Club. In Asia, the Firm represents the Japan P&I Club, China P&I Club and Korea P&I Club.

The Firm is also the exclusive Manila correspondent of the Through Transport Club, the largest club for non-vessel common carriers, terminal operators and freight forwarders/consolidators. Philippine clients include the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and the Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI), the two largest arrastre/terminal operators in the country.

The Firm’s Labour department acts on a full range of labour matters/disputes involving Filipino seafarer’s claims. Filipino seafarers have in the world transport market labour claims/suits for death, disability, illness, illegal dismissal and other labor related claims are considered significant. DelRosario Pandiphil Inc., a wholy owned subsidiary, handles all the seafarer's claims of the Firm's clients. In response to the growing needs of the clients, DelRosario Pandiphil has opened a representative office in Cebu City in the Visayas region. With the expansion of its corporate practice to include non-shipping clients, the Firm’s labour practice is expanding as well to industrial relations.

The corporate practice of DelRosarioLaw encompasses a modest spectrum of corporate matters such as direct foreign investments, company formation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate work. While this department had initially evolved from advising shipping clients on their general corporate requirements (and continues to do so), the expanded client base now includes international companies engaged in manufacturing, banking, advertising and cruise ship catering. This department likewise advises the Royal Embassy of Norway and the Panamanian Consulate in Manila on matters involving Philippine Law.

In its Intellectual Property department, the Firm continues to advise Sony and major pharmaceutical companies, with Arturo T. Del Rosario, Jr. still at the helm.

The Firm’s dispute resolution (arbitration and litigation) practice cuts across various disciplines/clients. The Firm represents shipowners and their P&I Clubs, cargo owners and their insurers, non-vessel common carriers, manufacturers, caterers and other corporate clients in a myriad of disputes/controversies involving the application of labour laws, shipping and admiralty laws, civil laws, corporate law, insurance law, criminal law and administrative law.

With the unfortunate downturn in businesses in the Philippines in the past few years, the Firm's general recovery and collection work is steadily expanding with modest success.


Firm News

Del Rosario & Del Rosario Partner Joseph Rebano was re-elected as Director of the Philippine Bar Association for the year 2017-2018. 

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Arturo T. Del Rosario Jr. elected IPAP President for 2015 - 2017

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On 19 September 2017, Del Rosario & Del Rosario sponsored a seminar on the Data Privacy Act which was held at the DelRosarioLaw Centre. 


DelRosarioLaw Partners Charles Dela Cruz and Herbert Tria were joint speakers at the Magsaysay Shipping and Logistics-Fairmont Marine Insurance Seminar held on 8 September 2017 at the Robert Hall, Times Plaza Building, Manila.


Del Rosario & Del Rosario Law offices welcome the addition of Meighan E. Sembrano as one of its Junior Associates.

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Del Rosario Partner Saben Loyola was a speaker at the Propeller Club of Manila last 26 July 2017.

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Del Rosario Pandiphil medical consultant, Dr. Edgardo Del Rosario, through the Japan P&I Club, is a contributor to the Mariner’s Digest of the Japan Shipping Exchange, Inc.