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 was named Lawyer of the Year in Sydney by Best LawyersTM Australia 2021 for his work in Shipping & Maritime Law. He is listed as one of the firm’s notable practitioners in Band 1 for Shipping in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020 which noted that interviewees praise him as a lawyer who “gets straight to the point” and identify him as a “solid, nice guy who is always frank”. Doyle’s Guide 2020 also named Jesper as a Recommended lawyer for Shipping & Maritime Law in Australia. Jesper has also been named in Who’s Who Legal — Australia for Shipping 2020, 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 2020 also lists Jesper as a leading lawyer in the field of shipping.
Jesper’s experience includes advising: