AKD recruits two first-tier shipping specialists

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AKD_rgbRotterdam-based law firm AKD has further strengthened its pre-eminent position in the shipping and offshore sectors with the arrival of two senior executives.

Pieter den Haan, a specialist in handling maritime casualties, with particular expertise in major collision cases as well as in salvage and wreck removal and insurance disputes, joins from Van Traa as a partner in AKD’s Transport & Energy team with effect from 1st July, 2015.

Mr de Haan also advises shipyards, ship owners and private clients in connection with shipbuilding and repair contracts, as well as dealing with the enforcement of claims against ships and ship arrests. He said: “I am very pleased to be joining AKD’s robust transport & energy team as it provides the support which is needed to deal with marine matters at the highest level.”

Vivian van der Kuil, meanwhile, will join AKD’s Transport and Energy team from Van Traa as a senior associate. Ms van der Kuil specialises in transport law, with a particular focus on maritime law, and has extensive experience of dealing with maritime casualties, as well as limitation of liability, assistance and wreck removal cases. Her expertise also extends to ship arrests and other procedures related to maritime law. She has worked as a judge at the Rotterdam Court, dealing with transport law cases, among others. She has also undergone officer training at the Netherlands Royal Institute for the Navy and worked as an officer of the Maritime Service with the Royal Navy onboard several ships. She said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of working with the highly experienced team at AKD.”

Haco van der Houven van Oordt, lead partner of AKD’s shipping and offshore practice, said: “We are delighted to have recruited two people of the quality and experience of Pieter and Vivian. Both are first-class marine lawyers who are highly regarded in the industry. Maritime disputes are becoming increasingly more international and legally complex in their nature, and it is therefore imperative to strengthen the team to deal with the challenges that our clients face worldwide.

“The recruitment of Pieter and Vivian will enhance still further AKD’s proven ability to provide innovative solutions to often complex legal problems.”