Based in the port city of Rotterdam, Secklaw helps its clients engaged in shipping and international commerce.


There are many legal and practical challenges in the shipping and transport industry. Challenges that Secklaw deals with on a daily basis.

Secklaw advises its clients on the drafting of contracts and general terms and conditions. In the event of a dispute, it provides its clients with expert legal support during pretrial settlements.

In State court proceedings and arbitration, Secklaw represents and defends its clients combining a deep knowledge of the law and a cost-effective approach in order to offer the most efficient service to its clients.

Check Secklaw’s areas of expertise below.

Secklaw does not have a third-party (escrow) account and cannot receive third-party funds.

· contracts for the carriage of goods by inland waterways

· towage contracts on inland waterways

· loading, discharging and laytime disputes

· demurrage and loss of hire disputes

· collision and assistance in inland navigation

· arrest and debt collection proceedings (EU)

· building, repair and sale of barges

• time and voyage charter party contracts

• bill of lading contract and sea waybill

• towage contracts

• freight, laytime and demurrage

• stevedore damage during cargo operations

• shipbuilding and sale of ships

• ship arrest, bunker claims and debt collection (EU)

• international carriage of goods by road (CMR)

• freight forwarding and logistics

• cargo claim, recovery and recourse

• negative declaratory proceedings under CMR

• freight, costs and lien disputes

• arrest and debt collection (EU)

In the field of insurance Secklaw advises and assists its clients on policy coverage disputes relating to non-life insurance.

With regard to the sale and purchase of goods, Secklaw helps its clients in drafting contracts for the sale of ships, barges and other goods and in resolving disputes through settlement, litigation or arbitration.

Dr. Seck

About Secklaw

Areas of expertise

Secklaw is a niche office which is exclusively focused on port based activities, logistics and trade. Its core areas of expertise are the carriage of goods by road, sea, inland shipping and shipbuilding contracts. In addition, there is an in-depth knowledge of non-life insurance and of sale contracts. This makes Secklaw a highly qualified and reliable partner.

Who is Secklaw?

Secklaw was founded in 2021 by Dr. Papis Seck. Papis has been helping his clients in the fields of shipping, transport, sale of goods, insurance and shipbuilding since 2002. First as a transport law specialist at a large insurance company in the Netherlands and, after he obtained his PhD degree in 2011, as an attorney-at-law in Rotterdam. Papis has nearly two decades of experience in handling a variety of complex legal cases within his areas of expertise.


Papis has a practical and a solution-based approach when managing legal disputes. His objective in every case is to provide the best and most cost-effective solution for his client. His work shows an in-depth knowledge of the law and practice, a great deal of creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Papis is absolutely focussed on protecting the interests of his clients in every case.


Papis is a French native speaker and he is fluent in both Dutch and English. Papis has completed several academic studies in Senegal (UCAD), France (Aix-Marseille III) and the Netherlands (UvA). In 2011, Papis obtained a PhD degree on Voyage Charter Parties and Bill of Lading Contracts at Erasmus University Law School in Rotterdam. In 2019-2020, Papis obtained a postgraduate specialisation degree in insurance law, at the University of Amsterdam, and is therefore entitled to use the protected title “Certified Insurance Lawyer”.

Since 2012, Papis publishes yearly the Revue de jurisprudence maritime néerlandaise in the leading French law journal Le Droit Maritime Français.

Registration with Dutch Bar Association (NOvA)

Papis is registered with The Dutch Bar Association (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten) in the following areas of expertise:

• Maritime, transport and commercial law
• Insurance law
• Litigation & arbitration

On the basis of this registration, Papis must follow regular courses every year, with the purpose of updating and maintaining his expertise, for each registered practice area in accordance with the standards of the Dutch Bar Association.

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