Mr Gaute Gjelsten > Wikborg Rein > Oslo, Norway > Lawyer Profile

Wikborg Rein
Dronning Mauds gate 11
P.O.Box 1513 Vika
NO-0117 Oslo
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Work Department

Shipping offshore.


Gaute Gjelsten is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and Global Head of the firm’s Shipping Offshore practice. Gjelsten specialises in international shipping and offshore law, including maritime, energy, insurance and conflict of laws. He has extensive litigation experience before Norwegian courts and in arbitration proceedings. Gjelsten is an examiner and lecturer for the Nordic Institute of Maritime Law and the Institute of Private Law in Oslo, Norway. He has worked at Wikborg Rein’s office in London and later managed the firm’s office in Kobe, Japan for three years, whilst also acting as Norwegian Consul General for Kobe/Osaka. Gjelsten is recommended by Legal 500 in Dispute Resolution and Maritime Law (including insurance); and Chambers and Partners as “Leaders in their field” in the category: Shipping, Litigation.


2005- Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo. 2003-2004 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo. 2000-2002 Norwegian Consul-General, Kobe/Osaka, Japan. 2000-2002 Japan Representative, Wikborg Rein, Kobe, Japan. 1998-1999 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo. 1995-1997 Lecturer, lectures on sale of goods law, contract law and administrative law, University of Oslo. 1994-1995 Assistant Lecturer, Institute of Civil Law, University of Oslo.


Norwegian Bar Association.


2000 Practising Certificate. 1997 Cand. jur., University of Oslo.

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > Maritime law

(Leading individuals)

Gaute GjelstenWikborg Rein

Praised as ‘the only true wet law practice in Norway’, Wikborg Rein has a stand-out maritime law practice. Recognised for its strength in national contentious issues, the team also leverages its international offices in London, Shanghai and Singapore to handle cross-border work. Litigator Gaute Gjelsten heads up the department, which includes Bergen-based deputy head Øyvind Axe, who is a key name for transactional work. A sub-team led by Morten Lund Mathisen, including highly regarded practitioner Herman Steen, handles maritime and offshore emergencies, including collisions, casualties and pollution issues. Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen leads the shipping offshore transaction practice in Oslo.

Norway > Insurance

Wikborg Rein‘s insurance practice handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious issues, with marine and non-marine highlights including business interruption disputes, portfolio transfers, cover questions and regulatory cases. Clients include insurers, reinsurers, captive and mutual insurers, policyholders and intermediaries. Practice head Anders Færden is ‘the specialist to go to in litigation matters involving insurance and cross-border issues,’ while Gaute Gjelsten leads the firm’s shipping and offshore practice. Herman Steen‘s practice focuses on dispute resolution.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding

Wikborg Rein focuses on transactional work and litigation proceedings, especially issues arising from shipbuilding contracts and the delivery and pricing of vessels. Litigator and arbitrator Gaute Gjelsten heads up the practice with Øyvind Axe, who is deputy head of the firm’s global shipping and offshore group and advises clients on construction contracts, asset sales and purchases, financing matters and restructurings. Øystein Meland is a key name to note in Bergen, and Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen was promoted to the partnership in early 2020.