Karl Stolberger



BA/LLB (Hons)



Karen Nissen

Karen Nissen


+64 9 280 0347

Karl is regularly instructed in commercial litigation matters and has advised on a number of complex high value disputes including in relation to contracts, claims against professionals, fraud claims, and insolvency. Karl has acted for insurers and insureds on liability disputes. He also advises clients on policy coverage issues.

He has a particular interest in shipping, transport and international trade law and regularly advises on disputes and transactions in the maritime and aviation sectors, including admiralty claims, transport related litigation, marine casualties, conflicts of laws and insurance matters, aircraft and ship sale and purchase and financing transactions, and on transport related regulatory and compliance issues. He has had extensive involvement with vessel construction and repair matters, ship registration, chartering issues, project cargoes, port operations, transport and logistics documentation and related agreements, and with cargo claims and securities enforcement.

Karl is one of New Zealand's leading maritime lawyers and has advised on some of New Zealand’s largest shipping casualties including the groundings of the "Jody F Millennium” and "Rena” and on the collapse of South Pacific Shipping. Most recently he assisted a vessel owner following a collision in international waters and acted for vessel charterers in relation to theft of a significant cargo, delivered without production of bills of lading against a standard letter of indemnity. He also recently assisted a client with the contract for building the world’s first full size electric harbour tug and acted on the construction of a roro vehicle ferry.

He was appointed as a Notary Public in 2014.

Karl is the author of the New Zealand chapters on Arrest of Vessels and Flag and Registration of Vessels and Mortgages of Vessels in the Maritime Law Handbook published by Kluwer Law International. He has presented to conferences in New Zealand and overseas and to students at the NZ Maritime School on relevant topics of interest.

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