GLN Legal Assistance and Advice

Since joining GLN as Executive Director, hardly a few days pass without a Member making contact regarding a dispute – mainly not involving another GLN Member!  These disputes range from release of freight without following procedures, liability for demurrage, cargo claims, lost and damaged freight, Incoterms, etc.   Whereas I can offer some common-sense approach to recommend a resolution of these matters, I often have to advise Members to seek the advice and wisdom of an experience Maritime/Transportation Attorney/Lawyer in their own jurisdiction

Based on this, GLN has decided to launch our latest initiative:  GLN Legal Assistance and Advice.  This service is designed to assist members with a legal resource as their initial point-of-contact: Mr. Roeland Golterman (whose brief Biography can be viewed here).
GLN has made it easy for Members to have an initial no-obligation consultation with Roeland and he can advise you of any further actions you should take. May the issue be outside of Roeland’s area of expertise or involving local laws, Roeland will be able to put you in contact with a more appropriate legal expert.

We all know that legal assistance is expensive and some Members even have their own in-house Attorneys.  Therefore 5-SLN has designed this initiative be optional and affordable so that our Members are not reluctant to seek outside advice:  For an annual fee of USD 500 per company, Members will get up to 5-hours of legal advice.  Members will be able to see a count-down clock on the 5-SLN Legal webpage to ensure consultations are effective.  Comparable attorney rates are GBP 400 and 800 per hour!  GLN Legal does not have any restrictions on discussing existing legal cases in the event that a Member wants to draw upon a second opinion or the expertise of a highly qualified 3rd party.

How to subscribe for the GLN Legal Support feature?
Very easy : just send me an email that your company wants to participate in the program. 


To request an initial consultation, please login to the Members Only Area, click on GLN Legal and provide some basic information as to the dispute and the best time to discuss.

We look forward to assist you.