Tatham recruits new senior member

London-based Maritime and commercial law firm Tatham & Co has recruited solicitor and Master Mariner Paul Haworth to be a senior member of its legal team.

Haworth joins Tatham & Co’s ‘wet’ team, which focuses on Admiralty and crisis response cases.

He joins from Birketts LLP, where he was a Legal Director. Prior to that, Haworth was a partner at maritime law firm Winter Scott LLP.

Before coming ashore, Haworth spent 16 years at sea on a variety of vessels, including gas carriers and cruise ships, before moving into the offshore sector with command experience on Dynamic Positioning (DP) Classed vessels.

He qualified as a solicitor in 2009. Haworth has worked on high-profile cases, acting for the salvors in the Rena, Hoegh Osaka and the CCNI Arauco incidents and has also more recently represented cargo interests on the Maersk Honam and the Ever Given.

Tatham & Co Senior Partner Simon Tatham said: “Paul is an exceptionally experienced solicitor and is well-respected in maritime circles. As part of our wet team, Paul will primarily be involved in the investigation and handling of maritime casualties worldwide as well as the handling of the legal issues arising following an incident or casualty.”

Haworth’s appointment comes just a few months after Tatham & Co. appointed Chris Farmer, also a solicitor and Master Mariner, and Ioanna Vitta, an Athens-based solicitor, as Partners. Tatham was established in 2012 and is led by partners Simon Tatham, Stephen Askins, James Hickland and Chris Farmer. It now comprises a legal team of 17 people.

Tatham & Co. acts for ship owners, charterers, marine insurers, Protection and Indemnity (P&I) and Defence clubs, traders, salvors and shipbuilders. Its practice areas cover shipping disputes and contracts, international trade, Admiralty and casualty, marine insurance, harbour and ocean towage, heavylift and offshore as well as piracy, war, terrorism and maritime security.