Barbara Versfelt

Consultant

After practicing as a specialist for more than 20 years, Barbara has a comprehensive range of expertise and experience in maritime and transport law. Her experience includes all aspects of maritime law, as well as transport, logistics and international trade law and insurance. She also acts and advises on general contractual issues and disputes.

Barbara has appeared in the High Court and the Court of Appeal on shipping matters, acting for P&I Clubs, ship owners and admiralty creditors. She has advised a wide range of clients including ports, ship owners, charterers, carriers, exporters, freight forwarders, stevedores and other operators in the supply chain industry. She has advised on the grounding of the MV Rena, one of New Zealand's larger shipping casualties. Most recently, Barbara acted on a forum conveniens dispute concerning a collision in international waters.

Barbara’s experience also includes assisting clients with ship building and refit contracts and disputes, ship sale and purchase and finance, ship registration and superyacht operation.

Barbara is the author of the New Zealand chapter on the Judicial Sale of Vessels and Priority of Claims in the Maritime Law Handbook published by Kluwer Law International.

Barbara founded the New Zealand National Association of Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) and she is a committee member of the New Zealand Branch of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ).

Barbara is ranked in Band 1 for Shipping in New Zealand by Chambers & Partners in the 2020 Asia Pacific Guide (view the listing here).

Barbara has been a practising maritime lawyer since 1993, first as an advocate with AKD in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and since 1999 in New Zealand. She is fluent in English, Dutch and French.

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Barbara Versfelt

Consultant

After practicing as a specialist for more than 20 years, Barbara has a comprehensive range of expertise and experience in maritime and transport law. Her experience includes all aspects of maritime law, as well as transport, logistics and international trade law and insurance. She also acts and advises on general contractual issues and disputes.

Barbara has appeared in the High Court and the Court of Appeal on shipping matters, acting for P&I Clubs, ship owners and admiralty creditors. She has advised a wide range of clients including ports, ship owners, charterers, carriers, exporters, freight forwarders, stevedores and other operators in the supply chain industry. She has advised on the grounding of the MV Rena, one of New Zealand's larger shipping casualties. Most recently, Barbara acted on a forum conveniens dispute concerning a collision in international waters.

Barbara’s experience also includes assisting clients with ship building and refit contracts and disputes, ship sale and purchase and finance, ship registration and superyacht operation.

Barbara is the author of the New Zealand chapter on the Judicial Sale of Vessels and Priority of Claims in the Maritime Law Handbook published by Kluwer Law International.

Barbara founded the New Zealand National Association of Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) and she is a committee member of the New Zealand Branch of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ).

Barbara is ranked in Band 1 for Shipping in New Zealand by Chambers & Partners in the 2020 Asia Pacific Guide (view the listing here).

Barbara has been a practising maritime lawyer since 1993, first as an advocate with AKD in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and since 1999 in New Zealand. She is fluent in English, Dutch and French.

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