Campbell Johnston Clark opens in Miami, appoints Neil Bayer as partner

London UK headquartered shipping law firm Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC) is to open an office in Miami. It has named Florida-based litigator Neil Bayer as a partner. He will head a team focusing on marine claims, with an emphasis on hull and yacht work.

CJC, which also has offices in Singapore and Newcastle, will open in Coral Gables, Miami Dade County on September 1st, initially homing in on marine incidents occurring in the US and the Caribbean.

CJC Director and co-founder Alistair Johnston said that recruiting Mr Bayer to head the new Miami operation represented “a prime example of CJC’s strategy to grow by attracting acknowledged sectoral experts”.

Bayer joins from Kennedys. He has more than 30 years of experience as counsel for underwriters in the London Market. He is an acknowledged expert in liability claims across the yacht, commercial vessel and cargo sectors.

“I’ve known Neil a long time, both as a friend and as a legal colleague in the market, and I am delighted to welcome him to CJC to lead our US-based office,” said Mr Johnston. “He brings a wealth of experience in yacht and superyacht litigation, a superb knowledge of first and third party insurance, cargo and crew liability claims, and exceptional proficiency in purchase and custom-build contract work.”

Also joining CJC at its Miami office are former team members Chase Jansson and Cindy Delgado who have both worked with Bayer in his Miami-based practise for some time.