Who we are

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Alan Goldberg & Associates is a firm of Maritime and Commercial Lawyers based in Cape Town specialising in maritime and transportation law, logistics and the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts.
Alan Goldberg & Associates, are part of an association of eight independent South African lawyers practising under the name Rose Street Chambers, located in the Bo-Kaap precinct of Cape Town.
The firm is headed by Alan Goldberg whose involvement in the maritime industry in Cape Town goes as far back as the mid-1980’s.
As specialist maritime and commercial attorneys, Alan Goldberg & Associates are uniquely able to advise clients in many diverse areas of law which impact on their business.
We recognise that matters concerning maritime law and commercial law often are, by their nature, urgent where time is of the essence. Recognising these often limited time constraints, Alan Goldberg & Associates are able to provide pragmatic advice, effective solutions and interventions for their clients in matters concerning maritime law and commercial law.
Our services are available “around the clock” and Alan Goldberg & Associates are uniquely placed to advise clients in maritime matters at any of the ports in South Africa, including the major commercial ports of Cape Town, Saldanha Bay, Durban, Richards Bay, Port Elizabeth, East London and Ngura / Coega.
Alan Goldberg & Associates are also able to assist in matters relating to the coastal and inland jurisdiction of the South African High Courts as well as the various Magistrate’s Courts.
Alan Goldberg & Associates also provide advice on maritime law and commercial law matters relating to Namibia, as well as Southern Africa in general.
At Alan Goldberg & Associates, we pride ourselves in keeping abreast with developments relating to the maritime and the transportation law sector in South Africa in general. Alan Goldberg himself has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial and maritime attorney.
Prior to qualifying as an attorney, Alan worked in the salvage and diving industry.
Alan also was a partner in the maritime department of a national law firm, as well as establishing and running maritime law and international trade law departments at other major law firms.
Alan is a member of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa, the Ship Society of South Africa and an associate member of the Nautical Institute.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Alan worked as a diver for various commercial diving and salvage companies in Cape Town. Alan completed his BA LLB degrees at the University of Cape Town in 1986. Having been admitted to practice in 1990, he has over 20 years’ experience as an attorney. He has worked as a partner in the maritime department of a national law firm, as well as establishing and running maritime and international trade law departments at other major law firms.
In 1998, Alan started his own law practice in Cape Town and has continued specializing in maritime and commercial law. He has been a member of Rose Street Chambers for five years now, having joined the group in February 2009. He is a member of the Cape Chapter of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa, the Southern Africa branch of the Nautical Institute and the Ship Society of South Africa.
Alan has been involved in various high profile matters encompassing maritime and commercial law (see “In the News”) and has also written various articles on maritime law; which have been published locally in Maritime Southern Africa and in Lloyds List. He recently contributed to a United Nations research project on human trafficking on the High Seas and the abuse of fishermen internationally.
Alan also works closely with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), the Mission to Seamen and various foreign consular offices, including the Indonesian, Filipino and Vietnamese consulates.