Firm Profile > FLEET HAMBURG > Hamburg, Germany


Maritime and shipping Tier 1

Fleet Hamburg has a focus on the maritime industry and stands out for its German and English law expertise. As a full-service firm for shipping and international trade, the team led by Dharshini Bandara and Arthur Steinmann assists shipping companies, insurers and trading companies with the full spectrum of maritime law and represents its predominantly European clients in court and arbitration proceedings. Bandara handles the full range of dry and wet maritime law and acts for clients in contentious matters before English courts, while Steinmann is also well versed in the offshore sector, advising manufacturers and suppliers of wind turbines. Philipp Drömann maintains client relationships with international marine insurers and has expertise in maritime employment law. Klaus Kostka has extensive experience in advising developers and manufacturers of ship components, ship and insurance brokers alongside international haulage companies. Christoph Hasche retired in May 2019 but continues to act as of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Dharshini Bandara; Arthur Steinmann

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has very good maritime know-how and great expertise in corporate law.’

‘Klaus Kostka is very responsive and always gives clear and solid advice.’

‘Arthur Steinmann works very thoroughly and is persistent in a positive sense.’

The firm: FLEET HAMBURG was founded in December 2011 by eight experienced shipping lawyers (German Rechtsanwälte and English-qualified lawyers, including solicitors and a barrister) who had left large international law firms in order to form an independent, Hamburg-based maritime law firm, operating worldwide.

The majority of the work undertaken by FLEET HAMBURG relates to the maritime, logistics, commercial/corporate legal issues, and also to compliance issues relevant to the maritime, transport and logistics industries.

Currently, the team of FLEET HAMBURG comprises of eight lawyers qualified in Germany and in England.

Areas of practice: FLEET HAMBURG advises clients on disputes concerning English and/or German law, and represents clients before English and German courts and international arbitration tribunals. FLEET HAMBURG is an independent firm, based only in Hamburg. Therefore, the firm is able to work with the best local lawyers in any jurisdiction to safeguard the interests of its clients.

Charterparties, bills of lading and ship management contracts: one of the firm’s core practice areas deals with the classic ‘dry’ shipping issues arising in the context of the carriage of goods by sea as well as all aspects relating to the employment, operation and management of a ship, her crew and all ancillary aspects of a shipping business.

Energy and offshore: energy and offshore is an integral part of the firm’s practice and has been significantly growing over recent years. The firm assists offshore wind farm developers and energy providers, shipowners, contractors and insurers in drafting contracts and tendering procedures, and advises also on permit requirements and dealing with the relevant authorities.

Admiralty and piracy: the firm’s team has extensive experience in assisting and advising its clients on a full range of legal issues arising from accidents at sea.

Marine insurance: FLEET HAMBURG advises marine insurers and shipowners on complex cover issues, and conducts and co-ordinates resulting legal proceedings – often in several jurisdictions at the same time.

Shipbuilding and ship sale and purchase: a key area of the firm’s practice relates to drafting and review of shipbuilding and related contracts.

Logistics and transport: the firm assists and advises providers of transport and logistics services, as well as their clients, including providers of terminal and stevedore services, on the full range of legal issues and litigation or arbitration in respect of individual disputes, incidents or casualties.

International trade and commerce: the firm’s team of English and German-qualified lawyers assists clients in relation to the full range of legal issues typical for international commercial contracts and ensuing international arbitrations.

Passenger cruise industry: based on extensive experience, the firm is able to offer legal advice, not only in relation to the construction, acquisition, financing and repair of cruise vessels, but also assistance regarding all legal issues arising from tour packages and distribution agreements.

Insolvency and restructuring: the firm has extensive expertise in advising and assisting its clients in enforcing their claims against insolvent estates, as well as defending recovery actions raised by insolvency administrators.

Court and arbitration proceedings, mediation and arrests: the firm represents clients in court and arbitration proceedings and in the different forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediations. The firm’s team also includes experienced arbitrators and mediators, who are often called upon to arbitrate or mediate in local and international, maritime and commercial disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Charterparties, bills of lading and ship management contracts Klaus Kostka
Charterparties, bills of lading and ship management contracts Dharshini Bandara
Admiralty and piracy Dharshini Bandara
Admiralty and piracy Klaus Kostka
Marine insurance Klaus Kostka
Marine insurance Philipp Drömann
Shipbuilding and ship sale and purchase Eva Bodenbach
Shipbuilding and ship sale and purchase Arthur Steinmann
Logistics and transport Arthur Steinmann
Logistics and transport Eva Bodenbach
Logistics and transport Tobias Nesemann
International trade and commerce Philipp Drömann
International trade and commerce Dharshini Bandara
Energy and offshore Eva Bodenbach
Energy and offshore Arthur Steinmann
Energy and offshore Philipp Drömann
Passenger cruise industry Tobias Nesemann
Passenger cruise industry Dr. Christoph Hasche
Restructuring and insolvency Arthur Steinmann
Restructuring and insolvency Tobias Nesemann
Court, arbitration, mediation proceedings and arrests Dharshini Bandara
Court, arbitration, mediation proceedings and arrests Christoph Hasche
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Dharshini Bandara  photo Mrs Dharshini Bandara
Ms Miriam Blank  photo Ms Miriam Blank
Dr Eva Bodenbach  photo Dr Eva Bodenbach
Dr Philipp Drömann  photo Dr Philipp Drömann
Dr Christoph Hasche  photo Dr Christoph Hasche
Dr Klaus Kostka  photo Dr Klaus Kostka
Mr Tobias Nesemann  photo Mr Tobias Nesemann
Dr Arthur Steinmann  photo Dr Arthur Steinmann
Mr Justin Tevelein  photo Mr Justin Tevelein
Number of lawyers : 8