Helle Marie Kjærstad

Helle Marie Kjærstad

Partner, Oslo Download CV Download vCard

Helle specialises in Shipping, Offshore Oil and Gas and Oilfield Services matters. Her primary area is dispute resolution, but she also has extensive transactional experience in these industry areas.

In the area of Shipping, Helle assists clients in a very wide variety of matters, including shipbuilding, charterparty, sale and purchase, cargo, bunker, management and brokerage claims. She also has extensive experience in dealing with cross-border insolvencies and in enforcement issues, the latter including by way of arrests, injunctions, attachments and similar, worldwide.

Helle has handled a large number of casualties, including fires, groundings, collisions, allisions, loss of moorings and piracy incidents. She advises extensively on sanctions regulations, both in connection with operational issues arising and in the implementation of sanctions policies.

She is well known for her ability to guide clients in resolving the legal and commercial issues that arise in their general day-to-day operations.

Helle’s Offshore Oil and Gas and Oilfield Services expertise spans transactions, dispute resolution and litigation, predominantly in respect of FPSOs, drilling and supply vessels. She has acted in some of the largest and most complex arbitrations conducted in London in these areas. She also has experience relating to offshore windfarm projects and operations, and with matters concerning the vessels servicing this industry. 

Prior to joining Schjødt at the start of 2019, Helle was a partner in Michelet & Co in Oslo, and before that a partner in Reed Smith in London. She also worked in Stephenson Harwood's shipping group in London for a number of years, where she qualified as a solicitor in 2002.

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About Helle Marie


  • 2000

    Legal Practice Course (Distinction), College of Law, Guildford

  • 1997

    LLB (Hons), University of Sussex