Clyde & Co makes series of appointments to London marine team

Company Profiles, HR, Legal, Person Profiles — By on November 3, 2016 at 8:59 AM

Clyde and Co logosLondon, 3 November 2016: Global law firm Clyde & Co has appointed Chris Pratts as Partner and made four other hires to its London marine cargo group.  

Chris Pratts is a leading marine cargo insurance lawyer in the London market and joins Clyde & Co to further enhance the firm’s pre-eminent marine team. He joins from Waltons & Morse LLP (now part of Kennedys Law LLP) where he spent 14 years and was a partner.

Chris specialises in marine cargo insurance and reinsurance litigation, carrying out policy coverage, defence and recovery/subrogation work. He also works on goods in transit disputes. Chris is fluent in Spanish and handles cases connected with Spain, Portugal and Central and South American countries.

Andrew Nicholas, Partner at Clyde & Co, comments: “We’re delighted to welcome Chris to Clyde & Co as he’s a well-known and respected figure in the world-leading London cargo insurance market. As a firm with marine cargo roots, Clyde & Co is the perfect place for Chris to continue to build a strong London-based practice.”

Simon Culhane, Partner at Clyde & Co, comments: “The world of marine insurance is increasingly globally interconnected, which is why it’s so important to have an international practice like ours. Marine cargo insurance plays a key role, especially in London, so we’re very happy to be adding a leading London market lawyer like Chris to our team.”

Chris Pratts comments: “I’m very happy to be joining Clyde & Co which has a strong marine heritage. I was attracted to the firm thanks to its strong global network of top talent and the platform it provides for continued expansion. I look forward to playing a part in the firm’s growth.”

The marine team in London and Guildford has been joined by a number of other lawyers in recent weeks including Kish Sharma, a consultant and Christine Davey, a junior associate from Waltons & Morse, Emma Treseder, an associate from Ross & Co, and Cameron Boyd, a junior associate from Roose & Partners. Overall, the firm’s UK-based marine cargo team has increased in size by 71 per cent since 2011.

Clyde & Co offers the largest marine practice worldwide, with over 150 lawyers across 46 offices. The marine group provides expertise to clients throughout the entire maritime industry: insurers, trading companies, owners, charterers, P&I clubs, shipbuilders, salvors, financial institutions, port authorities and governments.

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