Globalisation has long been a fundamental requirement in shipping, transportation and logistics. Transport customers' demands for inexpensive, safe and timely delivery must be met in a market characterised by rapidly changing costs, new technology and increasing regulation.

The carriage of goods is a complicated and often very complex procedure involving multiple players and risks of conflict. In many cases, goods are transported across borders and are subject to regulation based on international conventions. 

Consequently, expert advice is pivotal. Our team has extensive industry knowledge and many years' experience in advising enterprises in the areas of shipping, transportation and logistics. We assist in all areas of maritime and transport law and are experts in the area of international dispute resolution. 

Our advisory services include:

  • Resolution of disputes
  • Dispute resolution clauses, including governing law and jurisdiction
  • Charter agreements
  • Terms of sale and delivery
  • Insurance terms
  • Marine insurance and claims for damages
  • Collision, grounding and salvage
  • Off-shore matters
  • Maritime corporate reorganisation
  • Regulatory aspects
  • Conflicts with public authorities.

Bech-Bruun cooperates with leading international transport lawyers and maintains an extensive international network. This means that we can offer you the best advisory services no matter where in the world your enterprise needs it and regardless of your position in the supply chain.

Moreover, we often collaborate closely with lawyers within other areas of expertise such as Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Energy & Supply, Insolvency & Restructuring, Financing and M&A and Corporate Matters.

Every year in London, together with a number of non-Danish law firms, we host the great annual event of the international shipping and insurance sector, the International Maritime Law Seminar.

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What the team is known for
Bech-Bruun has an outstanding practice covering all aspects of shipping law on a domestic and cross-border level. The law firm regularly acts on high-profile insolvency proceedings in the shipping sector. The group is also active in maritime insurance cases, including issues in the offshore energy sector. The department demonstrates experience handling collision, capsizing and breakdown disputes, as well as ship arrest cases. Bech-Bruun's clients include transport companies, shipbuilders and insurance companies.

Strengths
"We trust them with complex matters," one source explains, commending the team's "considerable depth" and adding: "They are also commercially tuned in and are able to blend their legal acumen with commercial practicality."

Other sources praise the group's "comprehensive and to-the-point legal advice," with one individual describing the team as "top-notch."

Work highlights
Bech-Bruun acted for a majority of the creditors in the insolvency of Thor Shipping, with lawsuits in Denmark, Japan and Brazil.

Notable practitioners
Anne Buhl Bjelke focuses on insurance matters within the shipping sector. She is based in Copenhagen.

Up-and-coming lawyer Camilla Hudson impresses for her experience in domestic and cross-border shipping disputes. Acting for a range of vessel owners, insurers and energy companies, her expertise covers issues relating to bunker fuel, insolvency and H&M coverage. "She is a very talented lawyer with excellent knowledge of our field of work," says one source, adding: "Her communication skills ensure that everybody understands, even if they don’t have a legal background, and makes people comfortable when dealing with legal matters."

Johannes Grove Nielsen advises clients on a wide range of wet and dry shipping mandates, including insurance claims, insolvency proceedings and vessel arrests. "He has the ability to distil a difficult situation down to understandable terms and issues," explains one interviewee, adding: "He is also very good at developing creative solutions to a problem."

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Ranked: Tier 1

Bech-Bruun is praised for its ‘first-class knowledge' of all shipping and transport issues. The group has extensive experience in international dispute resolution, acting for major industry players, including several P&I clients, in both wet and dry shipping matters. It also has a unique position in the Danish market after establishing a dedicated cross-border insolvency shipping team. (...). Other names to note are Johannes Grove Nielsen, who clients consider to be ‘the sharpest maritime lawyer in the Nordics’, and Louise Lundsby Wessel, who is especially strong in CMR Convention disputes. Newly promoted partner Camilla Søgaard Hudson is also a key name to note.

"Bech-Bruun is my go-to Danish shipping law firm: they have strength in depth, commercial awareness and their turnaround times are always impressive. I can fire any query at them and they will have someone able to answer it."

"Extremely capable team with international reach. First-class knowledge in all shipping and transport-related matters. Very responsible and also very nice to work with."

"Competent, quick, reliable, humble. It is a big firm, but with a most personal feel. One is always welcome. The management style brings out the best in their people, focusing on services and qualities, rather than billing and fees."

"Very good conflict resolution skills. Understanding of both legal and commercial points."

"Good overview and practical knowledge of the industry; services and advice rendered are very much to the point; quick response times; clients feel comfortable with their advice."

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