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


2017: 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. 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: Sources admire the firm's "very experienced shipping lawyers," with one commentator adding that "the individuals are very hard-working" and at the same time "very personable and fun to work with." Clients appreciate that the lawyers "are really well connected in the German shipping community, so you can get really good information from them about the general market."- Value for money: Clients comment on the "good results for reasonable rates" offered by the firm, with one interviewee stating that "they are very good value for money."

2016: What the team is known for: Retains its position as a leading specialist shipping firm, receiving plaudits for its practitioners' long-standing experience. Admirable ability to deal with a diverse array of disputes, including those involving terminated contracts, contaminated ships and bankruptcy. Acts primarily on behalf of shipowners. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "The team consists of experienced and good shipping lawyers, no doubt about that." "The lawyers know the business very well."

2015: »Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients). "We work a lot with Fleet Hamburg; it is a very good firm for all shipping-related matters whether it's yachting, collision work, or charter party disputes; the full range.

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. Axel Salander and Dharshini Bandara are ‘always available in emergencies’; Klaus Kostka is ‘friendly and attentive’ and ‘reacts quickly’; Christoph Hasche is ‘efficient and provides high-quality advice’. Arthur Steinmann and Eva Bodenbach are also recommended.”

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 … « 


2013: »Strengths: Focussing on owners‘ side, advises in complex disputes both in English and German law.«


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.


2014: Fleet Hamburg is winner of the “2014 Law Awards” in the category “Maritime & Shipping Law Firm of the Year – Germany".

Dharshini Bandara wins the award "Maritime Arbitration - Lawyer of the Year - Germany" for the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2018.


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