Instructions to Nordisk in new cases
All cases referred to Nordisk will be handled by Nordisk Legal Services, which is a department within Nordisk Skibsrederforening.
All cases which are of a nature that falls within Nordisk cover, and may be covered by Nordisk, in whole or in part, will be handled in accordance with our Statutes. All members should have received a copy of our Statutes, which also can be found on our web site
For the sake of clarity we remind all members of rule 6.2 in our Statutes stating that the member will be responsible for all costs incurred in a case, including the fees to Nordisk Legal Services. Nordisk Skibsrederforening may in the discretion of the Board wholly or partly indemnify the member for such costs. The fees will be calculated in accordance with paragraph 3 below.
To the extent that the Board has not exercised discretion to indemnify a member or when cases handled do not fall within the cover, such cases will be handled in accordance with the following principles:
The client/member will be responsible for payment of all fees invoiced by Nordisk Legal Services and all other costs incurred in connection with the case.
Fees will be calculated on the basis of the normal principles for calculating attorneys’ fees in Norway. The main element will be the number of hours spent by the lawyer on the case at the current basic hourly rate from NOK 2,900 to 3,700 plus VAT for a senior lawyer. For other lawyers the hourly rate will be from NOK 1,500 to NOK 2,900. Fees may be increased or reduced depending on factors such as the amount in issue or value of the transaction, the urgency and complexity of the matter, and the efficacy of the service given.
Fees and expenses will normally be charged on a bi-monthly basis. Nordisk reserves the right to ask for payment on account. A final invoice will be issued when the case is completed.
Should you be dissatisfied in any way with the service provided or the costs thereof, we invite you to raise such concerns with the case handler or the Managing Director.
If you are still of the opinion that your case has not been handled in accordance with the general standards established by the Norwegian Bar Association, or if you are dissatisfied with the level of fees charged, you may ask the Norwegian Bar Association to evaluate your complaint. The main rule is that any complaint has to be made within six months after you knew or ought to have known about the matters which have caused you to be dissatisfied.
Nordisk wishes to serve its members in the best and most comprehensive manner possible. In this respect there is a growing trend of accepting instructions in matters which are outside the scope of our normal cover. We wish to promote this aspect of our services in the sincere belief that we can offer a broad range of expertise in the entire field of maritime law. We also believe that our members will find our rates of billing to be competitive.