Mr Herman Steen > 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

Litigation and Arbitration, Shipping Offshore


Herman Steen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is part of the firm’s Shipping Offshore practice as well as the Maritime and Offshore Emergency Response Team. He is also one of the editors of the firm’s Shipping Offshore Update.
Steen is mainly working with international maritime law and marine insurance law. He has particular experience with maritime casualties, assisting Norwegian and international clients, including P&I clubs, hull insurers and shipowners in connection with investigation of incidents, salvage, wreck removal, pollution, collision, grounding, cargo claims etc. He has extensive experience with cover disputes under P&I and hull insurances. He is also working with decommissioning of oil platforms and other offshore installations.

He has wide litigation experience, both as a lawyer and as a judge. He has acted as a mediator on numerous occasions. He is also an experienced negotiator, both in relation to deals and disputes.
Steen has been working out of the firm’s offices in Oslo, London and Kobe, Japan. He has previously been deputy judge in Oslo District Court and Drammen District Court, and also junior researcher with the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, where he wrote a thesis on voyage charter parties which has been published in the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law’s law journal. He has a masters degree in maritime law from King’s College London. He has attended Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers (Negotiation).

Steen has for many years been teaching and marking student exams at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, and is regularly publishing maritime law and marine insurance law articles in Norwegian and international periodicals.


2018- Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo, 2017 Specialist Counsel, Wikborg Rein, Oslo, 2011-2017 Senioradvokat, Wikborg Rein, Oslo, 2010 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo, 2010 Deputy Judge, Oslo District Court, 2009-2010 Deputy Judge, Drammen District Court, 2008-2009 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo, 2008 Visiting Lawyer, Ince & Co., London, 2008 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, London, 2006-2007 Associate, Wikborg Rein, London/Kobe, 2006 Practising Certificate, 2004-2006 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo, 2003- Lecturer and Examiner at The Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (including Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law), 2003-2004 Junior Researcher, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo, 2000-2002 Trainee at various law firms etc.


2006 Practising Certificate, 2004 Cand. jur., University of Oslo, 2004 Program of Instruction for Lawyers (Negotiation), Harvard Law School, Harvard University, 2003 Master of Maritime Law (LLM), King’s College London, University of London

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > Maritime law

(Next Generation Partners)

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Wikborg Rein has ‘an impressive group of lawyers working on maritime law matters‘. The ‘excellent‘ team is highly regarded for its capabilities in handling contentious work; practice head Gaute Gjelsten is well known for being ‘very experienced in marine and offshore insurance related issues and complex claims‘. Deputy head Øyvind Axe, who is based in the Bergen office, is sought out for his expertise in restructurings, financings and transactional matters. Additionally, the group has noted strength in offshore and maritime emergencies – this sub-team is led by Morten Lund Mathisen, who garners praise as ‘one of the most experienced casualty response lawyers globally‘. The ‘very ableHerman Steen advises on international maritime disputes pertaining to maritime casualties, and, in Oslo, Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen is the key contact for shipping offshore transactional work.

Norway > Insurance

Wikborg Rein‘s team ‘has a solid understanding of insurance‘ and provides ‘excellent advice‘ on a broad range of marine and non-marine insurance work, with portfolio transfers and acquisitions, coverage issues and marine insurance litigation included in the group’s recent workload. Department head Anders Færden is ‘a skilled negotiator and particularly strong in insurance contract law,’ and litigator Gaute Gjelsten is the main name for shipping and offshore work. Specialist counsel Anne-Karin Nesdam‘s practice focuses on gas sector matters, while Herman Steen is very experienced in handling disputes relating to marine P&I, war and cargo insurance.