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Shipping — Iceland


Lex Law Offices - Shipping Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding team with substantial, in-depth expertise on all matters concerning maritime law and the transport of goods by sea, land and air. Represents major Icelandic shipping companies as well as international companies, frequently advising on matters related to salvage, collisions, personal injury disputes and cargo and hull insurance claims. Strong dry shipping practice, acting on shipbuilding contracts and ship sales and purchases.

Strengths Clients note that the team is "extremely experienced and specialised" with "eyes for detail and quick, detailed reporting."

Others add: "They are a highly professional team of lawyers who are quick to react when called."

Work highlights Represented Samskip in a dispute lodged by Arctic Linefish regarding cargo damages inflicted by a third party.

Assisted the owners and insurers of 'MV Fernanda' with settlement negotiations and other claims following a fire aboard the ship.

Notable practitioners

Jónas Aðalsteinsson is vastly experienced acting on mandates related to maritime and insurance law. He continues to act as arbitrator in disputes and reconciliation proceedings and advises clients on shipping and insurance regulatory matters.

Clients regard Lilja Jónasdóttir as a go-to lawyer for all aspects of shipping law, drawing attention to her "technical knowledge" and "commercial awareness." Widely recognised as a leading maritime lawyer, she advises domestic and foreign clients on a range of matters including administrative and insurance law. In a recent highlight, she represented the owners and insurers of the vessel 'Akrafell' in preparing salvage and settlement claims following its grounding.

About the Team (content provided by Lex Law Offices)

LEX specialises in maritime and transport law and can address every legal issue relating to shipping and transport of goods, whether on sea, land or air.

Among the matters regularly dealt with by the firm are Contract of Carriage, Bills of Lading, Sea Way Bills, Stevedore Contracts, Shipbuilding Contracts, Sale and Purchase Agreements, Registration, Salvage, General Average, Collision, Personal Injury, Cargo Claims and Cargo and Hull Insurance.

Partner Lilja Jonasdottir specialises in maritime and transport law and has worked on a number of high profile cases in this field of law. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Icelandic Maritime Law Association since 2005 and an alternate member of the Board of the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law for over ten years. In 2014, Lilja was appointed as Chairman of the Dispensation Committee and the Manning Committee.

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Logos - Shipping Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Excellent maritime and transport team undertaking a full range of mandates ranging from the sale and purchase of vessels to freight forwarding and maritime insurance. Also advises on personal injury and cargo and salvage claims. Clients include Icelandic and international shipping and fishing entities, P&I clubs and insurance companies. The team boasts significant international reach, including notable experience handling international arbitration.

Strengths One client highlights the team's in-depth knowledge of Icelandic shipping law as a key strength and regards the firm as "the best in their field in Iceland."

Work highlights Assisted Eimskip with the negotiation and drafting of a shipbuilding contract for 2,000 container vessels in China.

Assisted the Icelandic Coast Guard with the investigation and settlement of a collision following a Russian sailing vessel colliding with two Coast Guard vessels in the Port of Reykjavík.

Notable practitioners

Einar Baldvin Axelsson receives extensive praise from commentators for his depth of knowledge and experience representing international and domestic clients in matters ranging from cargo claims to freight forwarding. He recently represented Faxaflóahafnir and Vátryggingafélag Íslands in a claim against the owners of 'Kruzenshtern' following a collision with two Icelandic vessels.

About the Team (content provided by Logos)

LOGOS is a leading firm in shipping law, as well as aviation and road transport law. LOGOS has been providing legal services to the shipping and transport sector in Iceland since the foundation of LOGOS in 1907.  There has always been at least one partner at LOGOS who specialises in shipping and transport law.  As a result LOGOS has considerable experience in this field.

Our shipping and transport law team is skilled at addressing every legal issue relating to the industry. Over the years we have assisted both Icelandic and international shipping and fishing companies, as well as P&I Clubs, insurance companies and individuals on shipping and transport related issues.









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Juris - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong practice offering considerable expertise in regulatory matters related to shipping and transport law. Particularly adept in respect of fisheries and fishing regulation, including fishing quotas and administrative law matters. Advises major Icelandic fishing companies on the sale and purchase, construction and financing of vessels, as well as other laws related to the management of fleets.

Strengths Clients applaud the firm's availability and "quick responses," adding: "Their cross-border capabilities are excellent."

Work highlights Assisted Ísfélag Vestmannaeyja with its exit from one fishing venture in Greenland and the creation of a new joint venture with Royal Greenland.

Notable practitioners

Finnur Magnússon is valued by clients for his "good cross-border knowledge, especially when it comes to English law." He handles a full range of shipping-related matters including financing and regulatory issues, with a particular focus on the fishing industry. In a recent highlight, he represented key client Ísfélag Vestmannaeyja in a claim against the Icelandic government concerning the allegedly unlawful distribution of mackerel quotas.

About the Team (content provided by Juris)

Acting for some of the largest names in the Icelandic fishing sector, we have extensive expertise and experience in this field including contentious, regulatory, fleet management and commercial matters, and our clients benefit from our ability to provide full-service legal advice on all aspects of their business. Our team of recognised experts includes Finnur Magnússon and Sigurbjörn Magnússon as well as English solicitor Simon Knight. 

Recent work highlights

  • Advised and represented Ísfélag Vestmannaeyja in relation to defects with one of its newbuild trawlers, including successfully taking warranty claims against the shipyard to arbitration;  
  • Advised various Icelandic fishing companies on the purchase of vessels and financing arrangements; and
  • Advised a leading international insurance company on issues related to the grounding of the cargo vessel Akrafell.

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Senior Statesmen

Jónas A Aðalsteinsson

Lex Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jónas Aðalsteinsson is vastly experienced acting on mandates related to maritime and insurance law. He continues to act as arbitrator in disputes and reconciliation proceedings and advises clients on shipping and insurance regulatory matters.

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Einar Baldvin Axelsson

Logos

From the Chambers Europe guide

Einar Baldvin Axelsson receives extensive praise from commentators for his depth of knowledge and experience representing international and domestic clients in matters ranging from cargo claims to freight forwarding. He recently represented Faxaflóahafnir and Vátryggingafélag Íslands in a claim against the owners of 'Kruzenshtern' following a collision with two Icelandic vessels.

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Lilja Jónasdóttir

Lex Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients regard Lilja Jónasdóttir as a go-to lawyer for all aspects of shipping law, drawing attention to her "technical knowledge" and "commercial awareness." Widely recognised as a leading maritime lawyer, she advises domestic and foreign clients on a range of matters including administrative and insurance law. In a recent highlight, she represented the owners and insurers of the vessel 'Akrafell' in preparing salvage and settlement claims following its grounding.

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Law Office Solicitors Soleyjargotu 17

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gardar Briem of Law Office Solicitors Soleyjargotu 17 is widely regarded as an "excellent cargo claims lawyer." He specialises in maritime law and shipping-related insurance, offering advice on cargo and vessel claims.

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Finnur Magnússon

Juris

From the Chambers Europe guide

Finnur Magnússon is valued by clients for his "good cross-border knowledge, especially when it comes to English law." He handles a full range of shipping-related matters including financing and regulatory issues, with a particular focus on the fishing industry. In a recent highlight, he represented key client Ísfélag Vestmannaeyja in a claim against the Icelandic government concerning the allegedly unlawful distribution of mackerel quotas.

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