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Dr. Stefan Ullrich



Dr. Stefan Ullrich

Dr. Stefan Ullrich


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Stefan specializes in insurance, shipping, logistics and transport. He advices and represents insurance companies in maritime and non-maritime matters including complex insurance disputes, in particular such as cover defense, third-party liability and recourse actions. Beside his regular and frequent appearance in front of the German court and arbitration tribunals, he is also coordinating worldwide disputes and court cases for insurance companies.

Stefan has extensive experience in marine (hull, war risk, loss of hire) and yacht insurance as well as cargo and transport policies and the underlying contracts of carriage. Over the last years he has also gained significant experience in dealing with cover disputes under entertainment and fine art & specie policies.

Stefan frequently advises underwriting and claims departments of well-known underwriters on marine (hull, war risk, loss of hire) yacht, third-party liability, cargo and entertainment matters. Not only does Stefan provide advice under German Law but is also involved in international projects, coordinating obtaining advice for clients from various jurisdictions.

Having studied law and Swedish language in both Würzburg (Germany) and Lund (Sweden), Stefan obtained an additional degree in European law and submitted his doctoral thesis on Hanseatic commercial and shipping law.

Prior to joining Clydes, Stefan worked for well-known international law firms with a focus on insurance and shipping as well as one of the leading German shipping companies both before and after his qualification as German Rechtsanwalt and his admittance to the Hamburg Bar Association.

  • Advising leading H&M underwriter on cover exclusion for damage to machinery on container vessel
  • Advising consortium of international underwriters in high-profile fraudulent yacht claims, including alleged scuttling, misappropriation, arson and theft
  • Advising cargo underwriters on cover issues regarding fire on board of a container vessel whilst en route from Asia to Europe
  • Advising H&M underwriters of superyacht regarding cover exclusions
  • Advising entertainment underwriters regarding event cancellation cover for world-wide tour of international renowned musicians
  • Advising H&M underwriters in respect of fire on board of a car carrier in the port of Hamburg
  • Advising cargo underwriters on cover regarding damage to concrete pipes shipped from Europe to Arabia and conducting corresponding recourse
  • Advising cargo underwriters on cover regarding damage to high-tech machinery equipment whilst stored
  • Advising entertainment underwriters regarding film production cancellation cover for international film projects
  • Advising underwriting department of international cargo underwriter on policy wording by way of an risk assessment
  • Advising TPL-underwriters and coordinating joint defense in a severe yacht collision case involving several jurisdictions
  • Advising specie underwriters on cover for high value specimen transports
  • Advising and accompanying H&M underwriters in international evidentiary proceedings including coordination of experts and cover defense
  • Advising road haulage liability underwriters regarding cases of self-ignition of cargo and interruption of cool-chain
  • Advising and defending inland shipping companies against claims for contamination of cargo

  • German Law at the University of Würzburg
  • Swedish and European Law at the University of Lund
  • Dissertation on Hanseatic commercial and shipping law at the University of Würzburg



  • Fine Art, Specie & Jewellers' Block

  • Infrastructure

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

  • Logistics & Warehousing

  • Marine

  • Trade & Commodities