Hafnia Law Firm

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HAFNIA LAW FIRM / HAFNIA ADVOKATFIRMA draws on almost 40 years experience in maritime law.

HAFNIA LAW FIRM builds on the concept of specialisation and is the consequence of a development that has also been seen abroad where maritime and transport departments of larger firms establish specialised firms with their own identity. In this day and age the professional client and not least his general counsellor realises the different branches of law and will readily seek specialist assistance.

HAFNIA LAW FIRM specialises in shipping matters, be it by air, land, sea or a combination and we service the industries relative to transport like owners and cargo interests, insurance companies, banks, yards, repairshops and trade houses; from the manufacturer or distributor to the retailer. We service the broker, the agent, the warehouse keeper and suppliers of goods and generally provide services to the shipping industry. We also assist our clients in company matters. Our services range from the contract formation to the dispute resolution.

Having studied maritime law at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime law in Oslo in 1973, Peter Schaumburg-Müller initially worked as a young lawyer and claims handler with Danish Shipowners Defence Association and Skuld P&I Club before establishing his own marine law firm in 1981 in association with 4 non marine law firms under the name Denlaw, originally the answer back of Peter’s telex machine!

The firm took a new direction when at the end of 2008 Mathias Steinø took employment with Peter and consolidated the existence of a genuine maritime practice. It was soon a reality that Mathias with his obvious skills added expansion to the firm and should become partner. The idea emerged that Copenhagen with its comprehensive shipping activities was ready for a dedicated shipping law firm. It was however clear that the firm needed to stand alone in new premises and with a new name. In this process of our momentum fortune threw Thomas Hansen our way. Thomas is committed to maritime and transportation law, having worked in this field for a number of years both with a major Danish bunker supplier and with the Danish full size law firm, Kromann Reumert where also Mathias originally worked.

In January 2010 we all agreed to launch the first specialised maritime law firm under the name HAFNIA LAW FIRM and in the new premises of Oestergade 22 in the center of the city of Copenhagen. The name HAFNIA being latin for Copenhagen, the Harbour of Merchants.

The firm was further developped as Alex Laudrup joined us in March 2011. Alex also started at Danish Shipowners Defence Association and Skuld in the early seventies. In 1982 he became the managing director of another defence club and worked also as a maritime lawyer. Alex later joined the full scale law firm Gorrissen Federspiel where he became partner and subsequently head of the maritime and transport department. Apart from being a busy lawyer, Alex is an experienced litigator and arbitrator and former president of the Danish Maritime Law Association (CMI), Denmark.

Anders Bjørn Munthe, Partner & Attorney-at-Law (L)