Herman Steen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is part of the firm's Shipping Offshore practice as well as the Maritime and Offshore Emergency Response Team.
He is ranked in Legal 500 and in Chambers and Partners.
Steen has specialised in international maritime law and marine insurance law. He has particular experience with maritime casualties, assisting Norwegian and international clients, including P&I clubs, hull insurers and shipowners in connection with investigation and handling of incidents such as salvage, wreck removal, pollution, collision, grounding, cargo claims etc. He also has extensive experience with cover disputes under P&I and hull insurances, direct actions, jurisdiction and choice of law, as well as charterparty disputes.
He has wide litigation experience, both as a lawyer and as a judge. He has acted as a mediator on numerous occasions. He is also an experienced negotiator, both in relation to deals and disputes.
Steen has been working out of the firm's offices in Oslo, London and Kobe, Japan. He has previously been deputy judge in Oslo District Court and Drammen District Court, and also junior researcher with the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, where he wrote a thesis on voyage charter parties which has been published in the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law's law journal. He has a master's degree in maritime law from King's College London. He has attended Harvard Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers (Negotiation).
Steen has for many years been teaching and marking student exams at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, and is regularly publishing maritime law and marine insurance law articles in Norwegian and international periodicals. He is also one of the editors of the firm's Shipping Offshore Update.