Bernardo Ruiz Lima


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Bernardo deals regularly with insurance and reinsurance claims, logistics and transport issues, P&I and salvage proceedings. In addition, he is highly experienced in commercial arbitration in contractual law, and he is normally involved with disputes related to insurance and reinsurance, trade, transport, commercial, infrastructures/construction and commodities (GNL, oil, bulkers, steel, etc.). He is a key contact for yacht and superyachts related matters.


Bernardo read law at the University Complutense de Madrid and obtained a LLM in Shipping, Transport, International Trade and Insurance at the University of Cardiff-Wales (UK). PHd courses in Commercial Law preparing his thesis in Insurance.

Bernardo is an arbitrator listed by several Chambers of Commerce and took the courses to be a mediator. He is a member of the Bar Association, Spanish Arbitration Club, International Insurance Club and the Spanish Maritime Law Association.

He is a professor at the University of Loyola and he lectures in Business Schools such as ICADE/IME and ISDE. Bernardo qualified in 2014 as a Spanish Average Adjuster to increase his expertise in claims and the resolution of disputes. He is author of numerous publications on shipping, and insurance matters.

His professional experience includes claims handling as P&I Correspondent and law firms such as Garrigues and KPMG Abogados under the umbrella of the Commercial and Litigation/Arbitration departments.

Bernardo Ruiz Lima highlighted for his "attitude, organisation and leadership", in addition to his extensive knowledge of shipping law.
Chambers and Partners, 2018
Sources praise Bernardo Ruiz Lima’s "knowledge of the shipping world, quick responses and precision".    
2016 Chambers Europe
Bernardo Ruiz Lima shows a great deal of concern for his clients' interests, cost efficiency and reporting..." and is also praised for his "industry expertise"
Chambers Europe