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Niels Jørn Friborg
, Partner & Attorney-at-Law

Niels Jørn Friborg joined Hafnia Law Firm as a partner in 2012.

Having worked with shipping and transport law ever since setting out as a practising lawyer in 2000, Niels is an expert shipping lawyer. He has a diverse shipping practice, which spans both wet and dry contentious work as well as non-contentitious work with all forms of ship-related contracts. He has significant experience with newbuilding, H&M, P&I, FD&D and war insurance cases and has dealt with everything from major casualties to high-profile piracy cases, serious personal injury matters and cargo claims too numerous to count.

Niels’ practice also includes substantial work with trade, transport and logistics and related insurance. He often acts in cases involving the liability of carriers, freight forwarders and other logistics providers, and he has drafted and reviewed many logistics contracts for C20 and other companies.

Over the years, Niels has developed a substantial offshore and onshore infrastructure practice. Offshore, his focus is especially review and negotiation of as well as resolution of disputes under contracts for construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms, but he also acts for clients in relation to other aspects of both the offshore wind and the offshore oil and gas sectors. Onshore, his focus is light rail projects.
Practice Areas

  • Ship building, sale and purchase, conversion, repair, management, brokering and agency
  • Ship collisions, groundings and casualties, incl. salvage, wreck removal and limitation funds
  • Charterparties, contracts of affreightment and bills of lading
  • Carriage of goods and passengers by sea, air, road and rail, freight forwarding and logistics
  • Cargo claims, passenger claims and personal injury claims
  • Offshore wind projects, incl. foundation, cable and WTG installation contracts
  • Onshore infrastructure projects, incl. light rail projects
  • Marine insurance and reinsurance, incl. newbuilding, H&M, P&I, FD&D, war, FFL and cargo insurance
  • Non-marine insurance and reinsurance, incl. general and product liability and professional indemnity insurance
  • Domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration and mediation
  • Arrest of ships and other assets and enforcement proceedings
Positions of Trust

  • Since 2015: Exec. committee of the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Maritime Law (member)
  • Since 2015: Adjunct external fellows of the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Maritime Law (chair)
  • Since 2011: AIJA’s Transport Law Commission (president 2014-2017; vice president 2011-2014)
  • 2005–2012: Editorial Committee of Nordic Law Journal in Maritime Affairs (member)

  • The Danish Bar and Law Society
  • The Danish Branch of International Law Association (ILA)
  • The Danish Branch of Comité Maritime International (CMI)
  • The International Bar Association (IBA)
  • The International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)

  • Commentary on the Danish Merchant Shipping Act, Karnov, Karnov Group Denmark, 2015- (contributor)
  • Arrest of Vessels, Denmark (Part I), Maritime Law Handbook, Kluwer Law International, 2013- (co-author)
  • Transport chapter, EU-Karnov, Karnov Group Denmark, 11th ed., 2010 (editor)

  • Danish and the other Scandinavian languages
  • English
Experience and Education

  • 2012-: Partner, Hafnia Law Firm
  • 2010-2012: Senior Associate, Gorrissen Federspiel
  • 2000-2009: Associate, Gorrissen Federspiel Kierkegaard (now Gorrissen Federspiel)
  • 2001-2009: External Lecturer in Maritime Law, Maersk International Shipping Education
  • 2003: Right of audience before the Danish High Courts
  • 2003: Admission to the Danish Bar
  • 2000: LLM(Dist) in International Commercial Law, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 1999: Cand.jur. (Master of Laws), University of Aarhus, Denmark

Niels Jørn Friborg

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