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Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants
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Work Department

  • Maritime, Shipping & Transport
  • Insurance & Re-insurance
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Aviation
  • Telecommunication


Senior Partner

Special Practice Areas: Maritime, Shipping & Transport, Insurance & Re-insurance and Aviation


Ergun had served as a Master Mariner in the Turkish Navy for 10 years and holds an Oceangoing Master’s License. After leaving the Navy, he qualified as a lawyer and started practicing maritime law. Ergun has more than 30 years of experience as a maritime lawyer focusing on admiralty law, collisions, salvage, general average, pollution, charter party and bills of lading disputes. His main clientele includes ship owners, charterers, P&I clubs, H&M underwriters and salvors.

Ergun represented clients in the vast majority of the maritime accidents and collisions in the Turkish Straits including almost all catastrophic events, some of which were MT “Independenta” c/w MV “Evriali” (1979), MV “Gediz” (General Average) (1989), MV “Cavlibey” c/w MV “Pasabahce” (1991), MV “Rabunion 18” c/w MV “Madonna Lily” (1991), MV “Rabunion 14” c/w MV “Bazias I” (1992), MV “Khudoznik Gerasimov” (fire in Tuzla shipyard) (1993), MT “Nassia” c/w MV “Shipbroker” (1994), MV “Shipbroker” c/w MT “Nassia” (1994), MV “Gu Yuan Hai” c/w MV “Barbaros Oktay” (1995), MT “Gole” (explosion and fire in shipyard) (1997), MV “Caldiron” c/w MV “Guitara Sea” (1998),  MV “Kaptan Osman Bahri” c/w MT “Omerli” (1998), MV “Shipka” c/w “Semele” (1999), MV “Blue Bold” (General Average) (2000), MV “Modisk 3” c/w MV “Yeni Besiktas 2” (2002), MV “Challenger” c/w MV “Fatih N” (2002), MV “Hera” – (sank in Black Sea with cargo; 21 crew lost) (2004), MV “Strontsiy” – (Grand salvage) (2004), MV “Panagia” (hijacking by pirates and general average) (2005), MV “Fatsa B” (classification society liability) (2005), MV “Iran Madani” c/w MV “Hacı İbrahim” (2006), MT “Cape Bird” (collision) (2006), MV “Turgut Kocabaş” c/w MV “Zinnet Mete” (2007), MV “Ofmar” (cargo claim) (2013).

Ergun  continues to lead the maritime team in the cases including MV “Ever Judger” (cargo claim) (2014), MV “Latmar” (cargo claim) (2015), MV “Lady Aziza” c/w MV “Gokbel” (2015), MV “Yusuf Cepnioglu” (cargo claims)  (2015), MV “Ak Ceren” (collision) (2015), MV “Celestyal Crystal” (collision) (2015), MV “Menelaos” c/w MV “Ata” (2017), MV “Aileen” c/w MV “Scandia” (collision) (2018), MV “Persenk” c/w MV “Ahmet Can” (2019), MV “Doric Warrior” c/w MV “Mammad Amin Resulzadeh”  (2019), MV “Oguz Sofuoglu” (salvage and general average) (2019), MT “Syn Zania” (Fire in PETKIM Port) (2019), MV “Songa Iridium” (grounding and salvage) (2020).

He was also one of the few select individuals who advised in the drafting the Statute on Maritime Traffic Order for the Turkish Straits.




  • Admitted to Istanbul Bar
  • Turkish Maritime Law Association (Co-founder)
  • Insurance Law Turkish Association
  • Oceangoing Shipmasters Association
  • Better Justice Association (Co-founder)


  • LL.B., Istanbul University, 1983
  • Navigation and Ship Propulsion Systems, Post-Graduate, 1975
  • Naval Academy, 1974

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Transport

(Hall of Fame)

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Turkey > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

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Turkey > Employment

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants is well-versed in advising on a wide range of issues that arise in the employment sphere, including day-to-day matters such as contracts and dismissal procedures, work permits for foreign employees, and handling disputes related to claims arising from workplace accidents or the dismissal of senior executives and staff. Zihni Bilgehan and Ergün Ersoy jointly head the department, which is known for its notable expertise in the shipping industry.