UK: Clyde & Co Hires Leading Marine Team In Newcastle
Last Updated: 29 June 2017

Global law firm Clyde & Co today announced the expansion of its marine group through the hiring of a two-partner marine team in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Stephen Mackin and Jessica Maitra are market-leading shipping lawyers and join Clyde & Co as partners to further enhance the firm's pre-eminent global marine group. They join from Eversheds Sutherland LLP where Stephen, previously senior partner of its Newcastle office, has been for 25 years and Jessica for 18. They will be joined by three lawyers from their team.

Stephen, Jessica and their team specialise in shipping and energy related issues, particularly those arising from the carriage of liquid cargo - including oil, chemicals, gas and LNG - involving charterparties and bills of lading. Their areas of expertise include oil and gas tanker related issues, disputes arising from oil shortage, cargo contamination, unsafe port/berth disputes and market loss claims. They work for an international client base of ship-owners, charterers, insurers and cargo owners.

Andrew Preston, Partner at Clyde & Co, comments: "We're delighted to welcome Stephen, Jessica and their team to Clyde & Co. They have a proven track record in the marine industry and have built a very successful practice in Newcastle where they have a range of blue chip clients. Stephen has also proved adept at leading, managing and nurturing the team."

Stephen Mackin, comments: "I look forward to joining Clyde & Co as it has a long and successful track record in the marine sector. It is a firm with strong global network and focus on other core sectors that intersect with ours; especially energy and insurance. This will help us build the practice further and respond to the changing nature of the marine industry."

Before qualifying as a solicitor, Stephen was a navigating officer with Shell Tankers (UK) Limited. He speaks regularly at conferences worldwide on shipping energy related issues and is regarded by Chambers Directory as a "leader in his field".

Joining Stephen and Jessica at Clyde & Co from Eversheds Sutherland will be Sophie Pollard and Amy Cope, both as senior associates and Richard Eglington as legal director.

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