Entries by Mr. Spitzer

Lodewijk Wisse: An efficient way to settle shipping disputes at reasonable cost

Lodewijk Wisse, Senior Policy Advisor Fiscal and Legal Affairs at the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners, is a strong supporter of arbitration as a means for resolving shipping disputes. Here, he elaborates on his perspective, and explains why (Dutch) shipowners need to be aware which national law they incorporate into their contracts and why they […]

Willem van Baren: successful arbitration relies on knowing how the wheels turn

As a true beta with skilful hands, Willem van Baren trained as a dentist and worked in private practice, while simultaneously pursuing a law degree to satisfy his appetite for intellectual challenges. He went on to attain a degree in health policy at Harvard. And that led him ultimately to change careers to become a […]

The difference between mediation and arbitration

Mediation and arbitration might be considered complementary procedures. If parties cannot obtain an agreement on settlement of their dispute by mediation, they can proceed to arbitration. Arbitration proceedings will result in an arbitral award, which is legally binding. Mediation is a dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party, the mediator, assists disputing parties […]

Maritime legal options in Rotterdam as attractive alternative for London

On Wednesday 15 November various UNUM experts participated in a knowledge driven lunch meeting in London that was organised by the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC). During the well visited lunch the legal options in Rotterdam were presented as an attractive alternative for London to an international group of legal experts. After a warm welcome […]

Lotte Schat: carefully-considered arbitration provisions deliver competitive advantage

Lotte Schat is an experienced contract and litigation lawyer at AKD Netherlands, specializing in the manufacturing industry, maritime contracting, shipbuilding and yacht building. She served previously as General Counsel for a large Dutch shipyard. This combination gives her first-hand experience and knowledge on the need to include and maintain carefully-considered arbitration provisions in contracts, and […]

Why pay attention to arbitration clauses in maritime and trade contracts?

Arbitration constitutes a much broader and, in international maritime and trade matters, more efficient dispute resolution system than the public courts system. The dispute is furthermore administered under confidentiality. However make sure to make the right choice about which clause to include in your contracts. It is important to understand the benefits of choosing to […]

Knowledge driven lunch meeting about litigation and arbitration in Rotterdam

UNUM has been invited by the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community to participate in a knowledge driven lunch meeting that will be held on November 15 in London. During the lunch various experts will elaborate about the advantages of dispute resolution in Rotterdam. Speakers include Christine Sikkel, (senior judge at the maritime chamber of the Rotterdam […]

New members UNUM executive board

On October 4 the UNUM executive board welcomed two new members. After having been involved with the growth of UNUM for a number of years, Eveline Jacobs, Michael Hajdasinski and Rene Bruijne recently stepped down. Therefore UNUM is happy to announce that Marieke van den Dool and Eveline Fetter will fill up the seats to […]