Transport Law

Our expertise includes:

  • Terms of sale and delivery
  • Dispute resolution clauses, including governing law and jurisdiction
  • Insurance terms
  • Bech-Bruun Emergency Services Team (BEST)
  • Dispute resolution.

How can we help?
Our transport and insurance team has extensive experience in advising transport companies, merchants and their insurers on the most appropriate delimitation of their individual responsibilities allowing them to properly assess their own risks.

We cooperate with leading international transport lawyers and, as a result, we are able to offer you expert legal advice, no matter where in the world a conflict may arise.

Common challenges
The transport of cargo, be it by land, sea or air, is often a complicated and intricate procedure involving many different players. As cargo is often transported across borders, the tasks are subject to regulation based on international conventions.

Timely and safe delivery is paramount to cargo owners and carriers, and the risk of conflict is inherent whenever cargo is being transported. This risk of conflict calls for a clear delimitation of the tasks and responsibilities undertaken by the individual players.


Our ratings

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016
-  Shipping

What the team is known for Market-leading practice covering all aspects of shipping law. Areas of activity include dispute resolution, insolvency proceedings, cargo claims and charter parties. Clients include both Danish and international shipowners, cargo owners and insurers. Recent mandates have included advice on shipping and credit insurance and a significant number of complex insolvency and bankruptcy issues related to maritime and shipping companies.

Strengths One source reports that they "get prompt responses to any questions asked" and adds that the lawyers "are bright and incredibly sharp," before describing the firm as "a first-rate international firm that provides a high level of service."

Work highlights Continued to represent a large number of clients in matters related to the collapse of OW Bunker, including acting for P&I clubs and insurers to protect ship owners and charterers against double payments and claims related to ISDA contracts.

Acted as trustee of insolvent group, Copenship, recently handling wet, dry and regulatory shipping issues, as well as arbitration proceedings.

Significant clients J. Poulsen Shipping, GARD, MAN Diesel & Energy, SKULD, The Containership Company.

Notable practitioners
Jes Anker Mikkelsen offers expertise across the full spectrum of shipping issues, including maritime insurance law, offshore construction, chartering agreements and insolvencies in the shipping sector. He also handles contentious matters including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Clients say: "He is extremely experienced and has excellent judgement. He demonstrates good understanding and can cut right through to the heart of a complex issue. He has a very clear vision in his mind."

Anne Buhl Bjelke focuses on disputes and mediation related to insurance law aspects of shipping and has frequently represented clients involved in credit insurance cases linked to the collapse of OW Bunker in recent times. She also advises on general maritime and transport law matters.

Johannes Grove Nielsen offers range of maritime and shipping advice, typically acting for clients on the purchase and sale of vessels, charter party agreements and shipping aspects of insolvency proceedings. He also regularly handles litigation in the shipping sector. Clients say: "He is very bright and internationally minded. He works extremely hard and I respect his judgement."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Shipping

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2017
-  Shipping and transport

Clients rate Bech-Bruun as one of the ‘absolute leaders’ in the industry. The ‘excellentJohannes Grove Nielsen and insolvency partner Jørgen Hauschildt advised the Containership Company (TCC) on a number of wet, dry and regulatory shipping matters regarding a maritime insolvency matter involving jurisdictions such as Denmark, New York and China. The ‘experiencedJes Anker Mikkelsen heads the team, which includes the ‘very brightAnne Buhl Bjelke.

Legal 500, Shipping and transport

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