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’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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The team “advises on a wide range of shipping-related matters, including logistic contracts and liability issues. Clients include both Danish and international transport, shipping and insurance companies, as well as P&I clubs. Also advises on the sale and purchase of vessels and ship finance. Recent cases have frequently included cross-border issues, including litigation on the transport of goods and damage to cargo. Represented Codan Forsikring in a number of disputes concerning the transportation of goods. Advised Scan Shipping Group on updating its worldwide terms and conditions for carriage by sea, air and road.”
– Chambers and Partners Europe, 2017
Notable practitioner: “Ulla Fabricius has extensive experience in maritime and transport law. She also represents clients in litigation, including cargo claims and contractual disputes and has appeared before the Maritime, High and Supreme Court on numerous occasions.”
– Chambers and Partners Europe, 2017
“NJORD Law Firm’s ‘valued and trusted’ team specialises in handling disputes for insurance companies and P&I clubs. Practice head Ulla Fabricius, who is ‘a true pleasure to work with’, and Thomas Ryhl have been representing Codan, a Danish insurance company, in trials pertaining to the transportation of goods.”
– Legal 500, 2017