Legal500 2019:
“Maritime specialists Smallegange N.V. enjoys a very high standing among the P&I Clubs and marine insurance brokers/underwriters in The Netherlands”.


Court of Rotterdam as the forum of choice for maritime matters

The Dutch government has taken several steps recently to position the Court of Rotterdam as the forum of choice for handling international maritime and transport matters.

Autonomous vessels and trucks - what are the legal consequences?

Until recently it all seemed like ‘science-fiction’, however, the self-driving truck and the self-sailing ship are now turning into reality. In October of last year the tech company Otto, a subsidiary of ‘taxi-company’ Uber, carried out the first test drive with a self-driving truck.

Claming reduction or return of a bank guarantee

In October 2016 our firm was involved in summary proceedings in which the return and reduction of a bank guarantee was claimed. The facts of these proceedings were as follows. In 2007 Belgian buyers ordered an inland barge with a Belgian shipyard.

Smallegange Lawyers

Smallegange is a specialised maritime, insurance and transport law firm, based in Rotterdam, established in January 2000 by a group of experienced lawyers, who commenced in the maritime, insurance and transport law practice as early as 1980. The majority of the lawyers has a background in the maritime, inland waterway, royal navy, and/or corporate world and have worked in these areas, both on board ships as well as ashore, prior to becoming a lawyer. An office staff of six supports the lawyers.

Traditionally the clients of the law firm are port, transport and insurance related companies within the Rotterdam area, as well as hull & machinery, cargo and liability underwriters, P&I Clubs, ship finance banks, ship agents, stevedores, repair yards and ship chandlers, and a number of ship owners/liner operators/managers, both deep-sea carriers as well as inland waterway carriers from the Netherlands and abroad.


Smallegange is striving to offer its clients full-service legal expertise on all aspects of the maritime, port, transportation and transport insurance business.

Smallegange has access to a worldwide network of affiliated law firms, in order to deal with matters with international aspects efficiently and successfully. Apart from Dutch, lawyers speak English, German, and French.

The lawyers at Smallegange operate as a team with a practical and no-nonsense attitude and a strong emphasis on a direct and open relationship with the client, who may be assured that matters will be dealt with by the lawyer instructed. Because of an efficient cost structure and a competitive fee structure, Smallegange achieves to keep the costs for the client lowest possible.