Dr. Tim Schommer qualifed as a German Rechtsanwalt in 2005. He studied in Kiel and Surrey and obtained an LLM in Shipping Law in Cape Town. Tim published his legal doctoral thesis in 2002.

Tim advises on commercial, shipping and insurance litigation and arbitration matters. He has specialist expertise in handling shipbuilding, ship repair, yachting and trade disputes. He frequently negotiates contracts for traders, owners, yards and manufacturers. He also advises on insurance matters.

Tim has extensive experience of representing clients in relation to all aspects of the yachting industry. He advises owners, builders, managers, lenders, insurers, brokers, designers on a range of matters from new building contracts, the sale and purchase of new and second-hand yachts, financing, registration, statutory compliance, commercial management and operation through to insurance, crewing and chartering.

Tim has handled numerous multi-million Euro yacht projects and disputes.

Tim's general shipping and commercial dispute practice often concerns insurance matters. In addition to his contentious insurance and reinsurance practice, he advises insurers, insureds and brokers on policy drafting.

Tim acts for a number of major energy industry contractors in both the onshore and offshore sectors, as well as shipyards and suppliers. He has significant experience of commercial litigation in these areas and particular expertise in marine and energy risks. He also assists clients with the drafting and negotiation of contracts, including for offshore and onshore construction and engineering projects.


  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) 
  • German Maritime Arbitration Association (GMAA)
  • Deutsche Yachten (Superyacht Germany)
  • Deutscher Boots- u. Schiffbauer-Verband (DBSV)
  • Deutscher Verein für Int. Seerecht (DVIS)
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)