Maritime and Transport Law
Transport of goods and passengers is a primary concern for global trade, presenting myriad risks and legal challenges. The contractual requirements around multimodal project cargo transport are complex, requiring careful consideration and sector expertise.
Meanwhile, remaining profitable in a fast-paced and competitive market is a constant challenge for the transport industry, and the contract certainty we provide helps clients maintain their edge.
We have considerable experience advising road hauliers, freight forwarders, logistics providers, ports and stevedores, charterers, ship and cargo owners in relation to national and international transport by road, sea or air. As a market leader in our field, we are well versed in procedural law while also specialising in assisting clients in the transport industry with transactional work.
Our team includes lawyers qualified to advise on Danish, English, German and Spanish law, and we assist clients in navigating between different jurisdictions and legal systems. To share our knowledge of Danish law within our areas of expertise, we have published chapters on Danish law in internationally renowned guidebooks on Shipping and on Ports & Terminals.
Predicting future legal challenges
We also keep a close eye on future challenges, particularly as technological advances increasingly disrupt established business models. Currently, we focus on autonomous means of transport, drones and robotics, while advising industry suppliers focused on new technology and services.
In fact, NJORD Law Firm’s Maritime and Transport Law team is at the forefront of identifying future transport challenges, ensuring all potential risks are assessed and managed and that appropriate legal protection is assured – for example in relation to the increasing use of drones.
Our legal services
We offer legal advice concerning all areas within maritime and transport transactions and disputes, including:
- Cargo claims: Lost, delayed or damaged goods
- All carriage contracts
- Logistics solutions for all means of transport in general
- Purchase, sale and financing of ships
- Shipbuilding and other shipyard matters
- Marine insurance and reinsurance (cargo, hull, and P&I)
- National and international ship-owners
- Cargo owners
- Road hauliers
- Freight forwarders
- Industry suppliers
- Industry organisations
In addition, we represent insurance companies and P&I Clubs as well as banks and financial institutions involved in the transport industry.
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“‘Solution-oriented’ NJORD Law Firm provides ‘to-the-point advice’ for domestic and international transport, shipping, and insurance companies, including Scandlines, Anders Nielsen & Co, and DSV Air & Sea. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Ulla Fabricius and litigator Thomas Ryhl represent Codan Forsikring in a cargo and ship damages case brought by Tryg Forsikring, as well as the ship and cargo owner.”
– Legal 500, 2018
Legal 500 inducted partner Ulla Fabricius into their ”Hall of Fame” in 2018.
Chambers and Partners states that the team is known for:
“Advises on a wide range of shipping-related matters, including marine insurance, damage to cargo, demurrage and insolvency-related claims. Additionally, handles shipping-related M&A, often with cross-border elements. Clients include major ferry companies, as well as other Danish and international shipping and insurance companies and P&I clubs.”
Furthermore, they describe the strengths of the team to be:
“One client admires the fact that “the team has shipping expertise, but also a broad service and knowledge in many areas.” Another client describes the department’s offering as “very cost efficient” and appreciates that the team has “a good understanding of our company’s needs.””
Ulla Fabricius is recognized as a “Notable practitioner”:
“Ulla Fabricius is “friendly, solution-oriented and strategic.” She has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious mandates, and often assists with cargo claims. She also frequently acts on ferry-related matters. One client says: “She knows everything to do with shipping and transportation law.””
– Chambers and Partners, 2019