Bergen’s star shipping lawyer Øystein Meland joins BAHR

We are delighted to announce that Øystein Meland will join BAHR on 1 November 2021. Mr Meland will be based in BAHR’s newly established Bergen office, as part of our OCEAN practice group.

The ocean industries are key pillars of BAHR’s practice. Advising shipping clients has been a priority ever since the firm was founded in 1966. The OCEAN practice group strengthens BAHR’s focus on all ocean industries, including shipping, aquaculture and fisheries. Our new Bergen office brings us closer to clients operating from the West Coast of Norway.

Mr Meland is Bergen’s leading shipping law expert and one of Bergen’s most experienced business lawyers. He will contribute with unique knowledge and experience relevant to the ocean industries operating out of the West Coast of Norway. Mr Meland will also serve as a mentor and role model for his younger colleagues at the Bergen office.

Mr Meland is admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court. He drafted and negotiated the Norwegian Standard Shipbuilding Contract (“Ship 2000”) and has authored a comprehensive commentary on shipbuilding contracts based on the Norwegian Standard. He is also a highly valued speaker/lecturer at international maritime conferences.

  • Building a first-class team in Bergen is the crux of expanding our practice with a physical presence on the West Coast of Norway. Bringing Øystein Meland onboard is part of such thinking. Through the dedication of our shipping partners Geir Gustavsson and Anne Dahl Frisak, the recruitment of Øystein Meland and the recently announced partner appointment of Lisa Marie Opdahl, our Bergen office will provide clients in this segment with the renowned BAHR service. As talented younger lawyers also prefer to work with leading experts, we will continue to attract the best legal talents in both Oslo and Bergen, says BAHR´s Managing Partner, Thomas K. Svensen.
  • I have been at the heart of the Bergen shipping community for decades. BAHR´s launch of a Bergen office recognises Bergen and the West Coast of Norway as a leading international knowledge and business hub for shipping and other ocean industries. I have over the years worked with BAHR «on the other side». BAHR’s dedication to its clients, which combines business acumen with legal excellence, has always impressed me. Developing BAHR’s Bergen office together with the BAHR partners, by mentoring first-class lawyers and serving local clients with a particular focus on the ocean industries, will be inspiring. I genuinely believe in BAHR’s values of teamwork, one firm and top-of-the range legal expertise. BAHR, as a top-tier firm with strong credentials in both shipping and aquaculture, will add value not just to clients but the whole community in Bergen, says Øystein Meland. 


For further information, please contact Partner Geir Gustavsson or Managing Partner Thomas K. Svensen.

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