Jesper Martens

Jesper Martens

Jesper Martens is an internationally recognised shipping and commercial lawyer with over 25 years professional experience. Jesper has expertise in Maritime Law, Trade Law, Danish Law, Marine Insurance and Reinsurance.

The range of his experience includes private practice as a lawyer, both in Europe and Australia, and in-house shipping association and government work. He has acted as consultant to the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO); in-house adviser to both the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the UK Chamber of Shipping; national EU and WTO/GATT negotiator; and lecturer for the A.P. Møller-Mærsk Group.

Prior to joining HWL Ebsworth, Jesper was part of the shipping group of Gorrissen Federspiel Lawyers (Copenhagen) where he acted for, inter alia, owners’ interests in all transport related areas.

Jesper has been included in the 11th Edition (2018) of  Best LawyersTM Australia for his work in Shipping & Maritime Law and Transportation Law. He is listed as one of the firm’s notable practitioners in Band 1 for Shipping in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 which noted that one source praises him as “very courteous, calm in a crisis and very knowledgeable in his field”. Doyle’s Guide also named Jesper as a Recommended lawyer for Shipping & Maritime Law in Australia. Jesper has been named in the 2018 2nd edition of Who’s Who Legal — Australia for Shipping, and is recognised for ‘his excellent work in maritime law as well as related insurance and reinsurance matters’. The International Trade and Shipping Expert Guide also lists Jesper as a leading lawyer in the field of shipping.


Jesper’s recent experience includes:

  • Cargo owners: Advising owners of cargo on board the Ship “Thor Commander” in relation to salvage services provide to the ship due to an engine breakdown in 2015 close to the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and subsequent litigation in the Federal Court of Australia concerning costs incurred, general average and seaworthiness;
  • Ship owners: Advising a number of ship owners in respect of charter parties agreed with OneSteel Manufacturing Pty Ltd in the wake of the appoint of administrators to the Arrium group of companies;
  • Voyage charterers and insurers: Advising in respect of costs and losses incurred due to damage to fodder pellets caused by fire on board the cattle carrier “Awassi Express” in the Port of Portland, Victoria, in December 2015;
  • TV Manufacturer: Advising in relation to litigation concerning a cargo of TVs sold to Dick Smith Electronics and successful litigation in the Federal Court of Australia concerning the client’s right to exercise stoppage in transit under the Sale of Goods Act 1923 (NSW) and concerning the carrier’s liability in conversion to our client;
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection: Advising in relation to in rem (arrest) proceedings commenced in the Federal Court of Australia against two border patrol boats under construction, successfully assisting the client in both the Federal Court of Australia and the Full Federal Court of Australia (appeal) in having the writs in rem set aside; and
  • Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment: Advising in relation to costs incurred in the participation in the rescue operation in relation to the stranding of MV AKADEMIK SHOKALSKIY in December 2013.

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