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 > Insurance

Pre-eminent firm‘ Wikborg Rein delivers ‘quick, sharp and clear advice‘ across marine and non-marine insurance led by the highly regarded Anders Færden. Færden’s recent work includes assisting Asko Norge and NorgesGruppen as policyholders with their insurance cover following an industrial fire, and acting for XL Insurance as excess liability insurer in a claim relating to the leasing of offshore helicopters. XL Caitlin, Norwegian Hull Club and QBE are also clients. Gaute Gjelsten is a key contact for marine insurance work and specialist counsel Christoffer Bergene focuses on regulatory issues.

Norway > Maritime law

Wikborg Rein‘s full-service practice includes group leader Gaute Gjelsten and deputy head Øyvind Axe in Oslo and Bergen respectively; Gjelsten is a key name for contentious work and Axe focuses on shipping transactions. Other noteworthy practitioners include Morten Lund Mathisen, who leads the maritime and offshore emergency response team, managing partner Finn Bjørnstad and Trond Eilertsen. Mathisen recently represented Assuranceforeningen Gard in litigation arising from a collision in the Singapore Strait and Axe assisted Solstad Farstad with its merger with Deep Sea Supply. Herman Steen made partner in 2018.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding

Wikborg Rein‘s shipping and offshore practice is ‘highly skilled, business oriented and very pleasant to work with‘ and is ‘always to the point‘ and ‘has an excellent understanding of its clients’ needs‘. Gaute Gjelsten and Øyvind Axe, who has ‘substantial experience in the field‘, jointly lead the group, which also includes Finn Bjørnstad and Trond Eilertsen on the transactional side and litigators Øystein Meland and Ola Nisja. Recent mandates include assisting Awilco Drilling with a construction contract for a semi-submersible drilling rig, acting for Cosl Offshore Management in a dispute resulting from an alleged design error on drilling rigs, and representing Brødrene Aa in a dispute regarding a yacht structure. Morten Valen Eide made partner in 2019.