Lawyer, Partner


  • After graduating from the University of Paris V-René Descartes law school, and obtaining his C.A.P.A. (Certificat d’Aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat, a postgraduate legal qualification required to practice as a lawyer in France), Bertrand COURTOIS decided to build upon his first law firm experiences in London and Paris (Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co, Lassez & Associés) and became very committed to the fields of maritime/shipping and transportation law, as well as to insurance and private international law.
  • His professional practice as a lawyer, initially shaped in London, led him to appear as an expert witness before the High Court of Justice in London on several occasions, and to develop and serve a significant international clientele (especially English, American and Japanese), including insurance companies, P&I Clubs, ship owners and many law firms.
  • After ten years as a partner with the London City law firm Clyde & Co, Bertrand COURTOIS created his own practice in early 2002 with the objective to provide his clients with the same legal and judicial service quality in a resolutely personalized, responsive and competitive setting.
  • A member of the Association Française de Droit Maritime (AFDM) (French Maritime Law Association), of the Cercle des Intervenants du Transport (an association of service providers working for the transportation business), and the International Bar Association (IBA), Bertrand COURTOIS provides services to significant players in the French and International Insurance Market and to operators of all profiles, sizes and requirements working in the transportation arena.
  • As a member of the Paris Bar, Bertrand COURTOIS appears before all French courts and also handles arbitration proceedings, particularly before the Chambre Arbitrale Maritime de Paris (CAMP) (Maritime Arbitration Chamber of Paris), the International Arbitration Chamber of Paris (CAIP), and the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
  • Bertrand COURTOIS recently distinguished himself by defending the interests of hundreds of the French victims of the Italian cruise ship disaster “COSTA CONCORDIA”