Law firm Clyde & Co has been expanding its global marine team, with the appointment of four new partners in Flasgo, London, Sydney and Shanghai.
1) Stefanie Johnston has been appointed as a Glasgow-based partner in the marine and insurance teams. She joined from Keoghs where she helped establish its Scottish presence and started up a dedicated UK wide marine practice, as well as undertaking marine construction, regulatory and insurance work. She will establish and build Clyde & Co’s marine presence in Scotland, working closely with marine colleagues in the UK and globally. She will also further strengthen its commercial litigation practice and work with its insurance teams.
Johnston is part of the Comité Maritime International Working Group on Polar Shipping and heads up the sub-group that deals with the applicability of the COLREGS in the Polar Regions.
2) Andrew Yarwood has been appointed as a partner to the London marine cargo group. Yarwood joined from Kennedys, where he specialized in marine insurance, advising cargo insurers inluding Lloyd’s syndicates and the company market, in relation to disputes arising out of the carriage of goods by sea. Yarwood regularly advises insurers on liability and coverage issues, including drafting policy wordings and acts for cargo insurers in defending claims for salvage and general average as well as pursuing recoveries against shipowners arising out of casualties at sea. Before qualifying with Waltons & Morse in 2012, he had a career in international sales and as a claims handler on the Spanish and South American desks of the Britannia P&I Club. Fluent in Spanish he is regularly instructed by London Market insurers and reinsurers in cases with a Spanish/South American context.
3) Nicholas Lum has rejoined Clyde & Co’s Shanghai office as a partner. Lum is a leading dispute resolution specialist with a deep understanding of the Chinese market. He specializes in dispute resolution, with particular focus on international trade and commodities, shipping and shipbuilding, and general commercial disputes. He is also qualified as an Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre. He has joined Clyde from Ince Gordon Dadds, where he was a Partner of their Shanghai office, and formerly the Head of their Singapore office’s China Practice Group. From 2006, when the Shanghai office of Clyde was launched, Lum spent five years working there.
4) Maritime, commodities and transport lawyer Ernie van Buuren has joined Clyde as a partner. He joins from Norton Rose, where he was Head of Transport for Asia Pacific and the Head of Shipping for Australia. Van Buuren is a qualified master mariner. He has advised on high profile shipping, maritime and aviation matters in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Van Buuren was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1994 and to the High Court of Australia in 1996.