Nordisk was founded in 1889 to promote the general interests of Nordic shipowners, not only in respect of documentary and legal matters, but also in relation to governments and other public bodies.
With the advent of national shipowners’ associations in each of the Nordic countries about 100 years ago, Nordisk gradually evolved to become a “defence club”, focusing solely on providing legal assistance to its members. In 1972, the club decided to accept members from countries outside the Nordic region and also entries in respect of chartered vessels. The club now also plays an important role in the offshore industry.
Over the last 25 years, the range of work undertaken by the club has expanded significantly. In addition to FD&D cover, the club now also handles non-covered work on a consultancy basis and takes care of most of its members’ and clients’ requirements for legal assistance in relation to the operation of their vessels.
Quality and service are Nordisk’s hallmarks. Members and clients can expect a high level of personal service, combining legal expertise, practical experience and commercial awareness. Nordisk delivers the concise and accurate advice at short notice that its members and clients often require.
Nordisk manages all its cases from the outset until conclusion, wherever the litigation or arbitration takes place. Cases in Norway and most arbitrations in London and New York are handled directly by Nordisk’s own lawyers. Local lawyers will be instructed in London and New York to handle court proceedings and they may be instructed on larger arbitrations. When cases involve other jurisdictions, Nordisk will instruct as necessary local lawyers from Nordisk’s global network of correspondents. Even where local lawyers are instructed, Nordisk’s lawyers will always remain involved in the handling of the matter.
The highly specialised nature of our work and the quality and experience of our lawyers mean that Nordisk serves in practice as the “legal department” of many members or, where members have their own in-house counsel, as an additional source of legal expertise.
Our aim at all times is to:
Jan Fredrik Meling
Anders Thyberg, Senior Vice President – Shipping & Logistics Wallenius Lines AB
Knut N.T. Ugland, J.J. Ugland Companies
Njål Sævik, CEO Havila Shipping ASA
Kristin Schjødt Bitnes, General Counsel Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Jan William Denstad, CEO & Founding partner Sole Shipping
Dorte Thuesen Christensen, Vice President Operations & Claims in Hafnia Pools Pte. Ltd
Mats S. Sæther, CEO, lawyer
Like his predecessors since 1889, he will split his time between managing Nordisk and working as a shipping lawyer. His practice includes all areas of maritime law, including dispute resolution, charter parties, compliance, shipbuilding and ship recycling contracts, shipping / ship finance transactions and salvage law.
Nordisk’s Management Group
Rules 2023 valid from 23 May 2023 (PDF opens in new window)
Statutes valid from 31 May 2022 (PDF opens in new window)
Terms of Business (Alminnelige Forretningsvilkår)