Transport law in Germany

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

Following the merger of Arnecke Sibeth and Dabelstein Passehl to form Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein in May 2018, the group now has a broader offering and, in addition to its many years of experience in road and air transport, also has expertise in maritime transport law. Under the leadership of Holger Bürskens, Ulrich Steppler, Marco Remiorz and Jan Dreyer, the team advises national and international airlines, freight forwarders, shipowners, carriers, logistics companies, trading companies, handlers, industrial companies, insurers and underwriters at six locations on the entire spectrum of transport law, with a particular focus on the support of logistics projects and the drafting of framework logistics contracts. Another focus is handling contentious work; the group regularly acts on liability proceedings for core client FedEx.

Blaum Dettmers Rabstein

The strength of Blaum Dettmers Rabstein’s team lies in maritime and shipping, as well as forwarding, road, rail and air transport law. The team of five partners, headed by the highly regarded Kay Uwe Bahnsen, is frequently instructed by domestic and foreign transport insurers, marine, hull and P&I insurers as well as commercial and industrial companies, shipping companies, transport, forwarding and terminal companies. The enforcement and defence of transport claims, often arising from major loss events, is a frequent source of instructions, while the team also has expertise in contract drafting, logistics and infrastructure projects as well as in restructuring matters. Another area of activity is terminal operations at German and foreign seaports.

REMÉ Rechtsanwälte

Highly specialised transport and maritime boutique firm REMÉ Rechtsanwälte counts national and international transport and liability insurers as well as shipping companies and forwarding agents among its clients and is particularly known for claims handling. Ingo Gercke recently advised various transport and insurance companies on the settlement of numerous claims resulting from the fire on MS Maersk Honam. Contentious highlights include defending an insurance company against claims brought by an insured party regarding damage to foodstuffs during transport from Germany to China and representing forwarding agents and shipping companies in recourse and recourse defence proceedings resulting from the Hanjin insolvency of 2016. Other team members are Jobst von Werder and Christoph Singer, who specialises in insurance and forwarding law.

Segelken & Suchopar

With a recognised specialisation in transport and forwarding law, the team at Segelken & Suchopar regularly acts for German and international transport, forwarding and logistics companies. It is also experienced in the field of transport insurance, regularly advising on the design of insurance policies and handling recourse cases following major shipwrecks. Other areas of activity include the drafting of logistics and charter contracts as well as the drafting of framework contracts for large shippers. Thomas Wanckel, who often represents clients in arbitration proceedings, and commercial law expert Heiko Saur are the key names to note.


Heussen’s transport law practice scores with its cross-location and cross-practice network. It often acts on matters touching upon distribution law, an area in which it handles the drafting of distribution contracts as well as commercial agent disputes. A core client is a large German automobile manufacturer, with practice head Marcus Schriefers, Michaela Schwuchow and Jan Schubert providing long-term advice on logistics and transport issues as well as damage management and the drafting of transport framework agreements. Other highlights include assisting Sirl Interaktive Logistik with beverage logistics issues and advising a joint venture of various mechanical engineering and plant manufacturers on setting up a sales platform. In the medical products sector, bioMérieux Deutschland is a client.

ADVOS Rechtsanwälte

Transport law boutique ADVOS Rechtsanwälte provides comprehensive legal advice on road freight, rail, air freight, maritime and inland waterway matters from its offices in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt. The six-strong team also has expertise in forwarding, customs and logistics law, which includes the design of logistics projects. In addition to German and international transport companies, the client base also includes transport insurers, which the group acts for in recourse proceedings. Carsten Bennera and Jürgen Temme are highly regarded.

Kuss Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbb

The four-strong team at Kuss Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbb covers the entire spectrum of transport and forwarding law, and specialises in particular in handling complex transport damage cases, often with an international dimension. Under the direction of Corinna Kuss and Robert Kuss, who is regarded as ‘a very good negotiator’, the firm handles recourse, recourse defence and arbitration proceedings for national and international transport companies and liability insurers. It also represents freight forwarding, transport and logistics companies before contractors and subcontractors in major loss cases, and advises industrial companies, particularly in the automotive, pharmaceutical and plant engineering sectors, on transport damage and logistics contracts.


Noerr stands out for providing comprehensive advice on questions of German and international transport, forwarding and warehouse logistics law, as well as for its transport insurance and liability law expertise. A highlight was assisting a German sports bike manufacturer: Mansur Pour Rafsendjani and associate Maximilian Kummer were responsible for drafting a framework contract for the multimodal transport of bicycles, as well as a warehouse logistics contract for Germany and for a US warehouse. The group also drafted a master contract for the award of worldwide transport contracts for a pharmaceutical company and represented an internationally active trading company in claims for damages resulting from the Hanjin insolvency.