Richard van ‘t Zelfde graduated from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2000 with a (cum laude, 9) thesis on maritime liens. He started his career as a maritime lawyer in 2001 with Van der Wiel Advocaten in Rotterdam.
In 2004 Richard successfully completed the Grotius Specialisation Course on Transport Law. In September 2013 he became a partner with Margetson Van ’t Zelfde & Co.
Richard is specialised in transport law and commercial law. In his daily “port and commercial practice” Richard handles a.o. cargo claims, charter party disputes, collisions, wreck removal cases, salvage cases, limitation of liability cases, general average cases, maritime related personal injury claims, disputes under ship sale contracts, wharf disputes, etc.
Richard’s often international clients include a.o. P&I, H&M and Charterer’s Liability underwriters, shipowners, charterers, crew managers, terminals/stevedores and shipyards.
Richard publishes articles in specialist literature in the field of transport law and procedural law. He was a correspondent for the Dutch Journal on Litigation in Practice (Praktisch Procederen). He is a co-author of Capita Zeerecht (2004) and of Aspects of Maritime Law (2008).
In his youth Richard lived for several years in Edinburgh, Scotland where he was educated at the Edinburgh Academy of which he is an overseas representative.
Richard is a member of the Dutch Association of Maritime and Transport Law and of the Dutch Association of Transport Law Lawyers.