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Dharshini Bandara

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Fleet Hamburg LLP


Position: Managing Partner / LL.M.
Specialties: - commercial contracts, charterparties and bill of lading contracts - averages - maritime casualties - marine insurance - shipbuilding - S&P - international trade law - transport and logistics - court proceedings - international arbitration - mediation - arrest


Dharshini was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales as barrister in 1999. Before joining Fleet Hamburg as a founding member, Dharshini worked at the Hamburg office of Ince & Co. since 2002.


She speakes English, Sinhalese and German


Dharshini is Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and  member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the German Maritime Arbitration Association (GMAA), the German Association for International Maritime Law (DVIS), the Women's International Shippign and Trading Association (WISTA) and the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV).


Studies: Dharshini studied law at Buckingham and worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Maritime Law in Southampton.  Qualifications: She was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales as barrister in 1999.
Dharshini is an experienced litigator conducting proceedings in the English courts and arbitration tribunals. She specialises in commercial and maritime matters. On the maritime side, she advises clients in relation to all aspects of dry shipping and admiralty disputes. She also represents clients in the English courts in relation to disputes arising from various commercial contracts. Dharshini has considerable experience in assisting various manufacturing, engineering and trading companies with drafting various types of contracts, to include design, service and supply contracts, and general terms and conditions.

Germany: Transport

Maritime and shipping

Within: Next generation lawyers

Dharshini Bandara - Fleet Hamburg LLP

Within: Maritime and shipping

Clients note that Fleet Hamburg LLP is ‘a reliable, punctual and competent partner’, which convinces through ‘short processing times, pronounced business sense and a high level of service’. It acts for German and international shipping companies, trading houses, suppliers, shipyards and marine insurers on all questions of maritime commercial law, including court and arbitration proceedings. Also noteworthy is its expertise in English law; the ‘excellent and goal-orientedDharshini Bandara and Axel Salander, who is praised for providing ‘balanced and realistic advice’, are admitted in England and Wales. Other key figures are Christoph Hasche, the ‘thorough and convincingArthur Steinmann, the ‘preciseKlaus Kostka and Eva Bodenbach, who ‘has an eye for the essentials’. New clients include two cruise shipping companies, a European agrochemical company and two European shipowners. Ann-Kathrin Burchard left the firm and Tobias Nesemann made partner.

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