Herman Steen


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.

2018- Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2017 Specialist Counsel, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2011-2017 Senioradvokat, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2010 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2010 Deputy Judge, Oslo District Court_NEWLINE_2009-2010 Deputy Judge, Drammen District Court_NEWLINE_2008-2009 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2008 Visiting Lawyer, Ince & Co., London_NEWLINE_2008 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, London_NEWLINE_2006-2007 Associate, Wikborg Rein, London/Kobe_NEWLINE_2006 Practising Certificate_NEWLINE_2004-2006 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2003- Lecturer and Examiner at The Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (including Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law)_NEWLINE_2003-2004 Junior Researcher, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo_NEWLINE_2000-2002 Trainee at various law firms etc
”The time for the ship’s arrival in the loading port under voyage charter parties. The charterer’s claim for damages and cancellation of the charter party due to late arrival”, thesis, University of Oslo: (published in MarIus no. 322 (2004)_NEWLINE_“Entire agreement clauses in commercial agreements”, thesis, King's College London_NEWLINE_"Cancellation clauses in voyage charter parties", in Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law Yearbook 2005_NEWLINE_Miscellaneous maritime law articles in various periodicals
2005- Chairman of the board/board member in Shippingforum, Oslo_NEWLINE_
2006 Practising Certificate_NEWLINE_2004 Cand. jur., University of Oslo_NEWLINE_2004 Program of Instruction for Lawyers (Negotiation), Harvard Law School, Harvard University_NEWLINE_2003 Master of Maritime Law (LLM), King’s College London, University of London