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Fleet Hamburg has been recognised in the Legal Directories and Press with the following awards and appraisals.


2020: Ranked in band 1: "What the team is known for Market-leading firm in the area of shipping disputes, advising on both litigation and arbitration. Acts on behalf of both domestic and international shipowners, charterers, insurance providers and offshore companies. Represents defendants and claimants in contract, joint venture and financing disputes, as well as damages cases concerning product liability and professional indemnity. Furthermore active in non-contentious matters, regularly assisting shipping and transport clients in contract negotiations. Has a number of English-qualified solicitors in the team.

Strengths Clients particularly applaud the team as "reliable, goal-oriented and interested in an objective exchange of arguments, with practical knowledge of nautical as well as technical conditions of shipping routes as well as ships."The team elicits further praise for "its prompt reactions and the ability to narrow things down relatively quickly to the substantial issues.The firm has a very streamlined and pragmatic approach."

2017-2019: Ranked in band 1: “What the team is known for Retains its position as a leading specialist shipping firm, with an admirable ability to handle a diverse array of disputes including cargo claims, contentious insurance and construction cases, including arbitration. Also active on international criminal matters including government internment of vessels, theft and embezzlement. Increasingly active in advisory work, such as restructuring, contract negotiations, acquisitions and regulatory matters. Acts on behalf of both domestic and international shipowners, as well as insurance providers and offshore companies. - Strengths Clients praise the team's responsiveness and proactive approach: "We really like the energy of the firm. They are very well-qualified people who act immediately to help you out. They have a hands-on mentality that we like very much and require, and make you feel that everything is addressed."

The team also draws acclaim for its technical ability: "The team has very good legal skills which cover both German and English law, and a practical approach. Lawyers are proactive and solution-oriented. The team is also tenacious but made up of very kind individuals whom one enjoys working with."

2019: Top tier recommendation: „The 13-strong team at Fleet Hamburg LLP has substantial expertise in German and English law and puts significant emphasis on matters pertaining to maritime, shipping and transport law alongside maritime insolvency and international trade law. Key clients include shipping companies, P&I clubs and international insurers… Other highlights included assisting a Dutch shipping company with a long-term charter framework contract for six ships supplying an oil platform and various supply and logistics contracts pertaining to the construction of an offshore wind farm.”

2018: Top tier recommendation: “‘Highly experienced boutiqueFleet Hamburg LLP has a ‘prompt, proactive and forward-thinking’ team that is ‘well connected’. The practice focuses on maritime and shipping law, including insolvency and international trade, and stands out for its ‘expertise in English law’. Recent work includes advising a German shipping company on contracts for the construction of several container ships and assisting an offshore company with the acquisition of 16 ships during a partial takeover of certain business operations. 

2016: Top tier recommendation: “Fleet Hamburg LLP’s ‘high-calibre’ practice has ‘established itself well’ since its foundation in 2011. Half of the team is admitted in England and Wales; it represented a German shipping company in London arbitration against a Chinese shipyard and advised a British investor on the refinancing of mezzanine credits for three bulk carriers. New clients include a long-established local shipping company, an Indonesian tanker shipping company and an Australian investment bank.”

2015: Top tier-recommendation. “Fleet Hamburg LLP is regarded as a team of ‘high-calibre, very knowledgeable lawyers’, and the firm has been 'well received in the market' since its founding in 2011. The boutique firm has special expertise in English law, in which half of the lawyers are admitted as solicitors in England and Wales, and represent clients before the English courts.”

2014: »Recently founded boutique firm Fleet Hamburg LLP has “already established itself’ with its “very good and highly specialised” team, whose partners are “able to think outside the box”

2013: »Fleet Hamburg LLP had a successful start … « 


2015: The German magazine „Focus“ lists Fleet Hamburg among the „Top Commercial Law Firms in Germany“. In the field of “Maritime and Transport“ Fleet Hamburg was recommended by colleagues and particularly often recommended by clients.

2014: The German magazine „Focus“ lists Fleet Hamburg among the „Top Commercial Law Firms in Germany“. In the field of “Maritime and Transport“ Fleet Hamburg was awarded the maximum points and is “particularly often recommended by colleagues”.

2013: The German magazine “Focus” lists Fleet Hamburg among the “Best Commercial Law Firms in Germany”.


2017 and 2015: Fleet Hamburg is winner in the category of “Maritime and Shipping Law Firm the Year – Germany”.


2015: FLEET HAMBURG has been nominated in the category GERMANY - SHIPPING & TRANSPORT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR receiving the highest number of nominations in the indicated category.

2018: FLEET HAMBURG is the category winner  GERMANY - TRANSPORT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR  receiving the highest number of nominations in the indicated category.


2018: Fleet Hamburg has been chosen as the winner in the category - Maritime Arbitration Law Firm of the Year in Germany – 2018

Who’s Who Legal: Germany 2020

FLEET HAMBURG performs well in the chapter “Shipping”, with four lawyers recognised for their excellence in the shipping space.

Eva Bodenbach, Christoph Hasche, Klaus Kostka and Arthur Steinmann have been recommended in the National Guide Category “Germany – Shipping”. Klaus Kostka has also been recommended in the Category “Germany-Aviation”, as well as in the Global Guide “Transport - Aviation Regulatory”.

Klaus Kostka, Arthur Steinmann and Christoph Hasche are also recommended in the Global Guide for the Category “Transport – Shipping”.

“Eva Bodenbach is widely commended by peers for the strength of her shipping practice. She regularly advises ship owners on a range of matters, including purchase and financing contracts.”

Christoph Hasche stands out for his extensive expertise in the transport and shipping industry sectors. He holds deep experience in maritime tourism and contentious matters.”

Klaus Kostka is a popular name among peers for his first-rate maritime practice, which sees him advising clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters within the industry.

Klaus Kostka possesses over 25 years of experience in the aviation sector. His specialism lies in complex contentious matters where he frequently represents ship-owners and insurers.”

Arthur Steinmann is recognised as an “up-and-coming practitioner” according to impressed market sources. He advises clients on the full spectrum of maritime law.”