AKD appoints new partner to Transport & Energy team

Leading Benelux law firm AKD has appointed Vivian van der Kuil a partner in its Transport & Energy team with effect from 1 June 2018.

Vivian joined AKD in 2015. She is an international litigation specialist with wide experience as a lawyer of complex proceedings in the Dutch Civil and Criminal Court. She is also a former judge and public prosecutor. Before joining the legal profession, Vivian completed officer training at the Royal Dutch Institute for the Navy and subsequently worked as an officer in the Operations/Navigation Service with the Royal Dutch Navy.

Vivian specialises in emergency response in the shipping and energy sectors, including salvage, total loss, collisions, fire and explosion, limitation of liability, wreck removal, piracy, ship arrest and both civil and criminal pollution liability involving seagoing vessels, inland waterway vessels, and yachts. She acts for charterers, traders, shipowners, hull & machinery underwriters and P&I clubs on charter party, bill of lading, offshore and general maritime issues. Vivian deals with insurance coverage and other shipping and energy-related commercial and contractual disputes. She also advises on public international law including the law of the sea.

Vivian is a Legal 500first-rate recommended lawyer and a member of the legal committee of IVR, the international association of national organisations representing, among others, the inland navigation, insurance and surveying sectors. She says, “Transport and energy are volatile and complex areas, and I have been able to use – and to add to – my experience of these sectors since joining AKD. I am delighted to have been made a partner and to continue my development as part of an outstanding team.”

Jos van der Meché, head of AKD’s Transport & Energy team, says, “Vivian will be a great asset to our partner team. She has a wealth of experience of different areas of the industry at the highest level, as well as an impressive pedigree as an advocate and judge. She has all the experience and expertise necessary to improve still further the ability to find innovative solutions to complex issues which is the hallmark of the AKD Transport & Energy team.”

lAKD’s Transport & Energy team provides a full range of legal services. AKD is a full-service Benelux firm with over 250 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisers. www.akd.nl

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