Thanks to decades of experience SKW Schwarz is familiar with all facets of national and international transport law.
On the ground, in the air, at sea, on the railway, the road or on rivers and channels, in domestic or cross-border transport – our clients can rely on our specialist knowledge of all relevant laws and agreements and our knowledge of relevant judgments in Germany and abroad. We know how brokers work and how insurers handle damage claims; we know how financial provisions are made and reversed, how loss ratios are handled and how forwarders' risk insurance and cargo insurance work.
With this experience we advise on settling transport damage suffered by our clients, conduct recourse proceedings on behalf of the transport insurers and brokers we represent and offer damage management to transport companies.
Recourse proceedings aim to enforce recourse claims of insurers which have made damage payments to their clients and want to be reimbursed by the person who caused the damage. We founded Brenken Recoveries GmbH, an independent company for recovery proceedings, more than 20 years ago because the fee system did not permit lawyers to accept success-based fees at the time, but transport insurers expect billing on a "no cure – no pay" basis.
Transport law is an area that requires highly specialized knowledge. International civil law plays an important role because the cases regularly cross several jurisdictions. Recourse claims are often based on multilateral or international agreements and on German as well as foreign legal structures. Differentiating between these areas of law requires particular expertise, which SKW Schwarz can provide.
Transport law often requires litigation. And proceedings are rarely limited to one location. In that respect, SKW Schwarz offers the advantage that it is present at major economic hubs in Germany.