Clyde & Co expands in Germany, opening office in Hamburg

Law firm Clyde & Co has opened an office in Hamburg following the hire of four leading marine partners and their teams.

The partners have joined from Ince & Co and were described by Clyde as “a highly regarded group of marine litigation partners working for many of the major German and Scandinavian shipowners and P&I insurers”.

Their expertise encompasses shipping, yachting, admiralty and pilotage, as well as marine insurance, trade and energy, and offshore work. They also act in relation to commercial disputes with a focus on domestic and international arbitration work, advising on both German and English law. 

In addition to the four partners, 16 associates will also be joining Clyde.

The joining partners are:

Daniel Jones, an English qualified maritime lawyer who specializes in shipbuilding, charterparty, yachting and trading disputes acting for German and Scandinavian shipowners in contentious matters in London maritime arbitrations and the English courts.

Dr Volker Lücke, whose practice covers matters relating to shipping, insurance and yachting. He specialises in insurance claims and contractual issues handling a variety of marine and non-marine insurance cases and charterparty claims as well as high profile yachting projects for national and international clients.

Dr Tim Schommer advises on commercial, shipping and insurance litigation and arbitration matters with specific expertise in handling shipbuilding, ship repair, yachting and international trade disputes, while negotiating contracts for traders, owners, yards and manufacturers.

Dr Eckehard Volz, whose practice encompasses marine insurance, shipping and energy & offshore matters. He specialises in admiralty law, marine insurance claims as well as large scale energy & offshore projects. A dedicated and experienced litigator, Eckehard has extensive experience of major litigation and arbitration cases.

The office opened on February 1st.

Clyde & Co senior partner Simon Konsta said that “hiring this top team and the opening of our second office in Germany is in line with our long established strategy of hiring the best lawyers across our core sectors in the geographies where our clients need us. Germany is a hugely important market for our clients and is the biggest economy in Europe”. Clyde already had a German presence, with an office in Dusseldorf (opening in July 2016) and offices in Paris, Nantes and Madrid.

Daniel Jones said that “we are very pleased to be joining Clyde & Co. …  We have come up against several of the firm’s partners over the years and so we now look forward to further deepening these relationships from the same side of the table.”