John Reeder QC is to join TugAdvise

TugAdvise is pleased to announce that John Reeder QC is to join the team. Mr Reeder is an extremely well known silk in the legal and shipping communities and is a recognised world expert on maritime law.

John Reeder is the UK government appointed expert on navigation issues and dumping in the context of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), he is editor of the 5th edition of Brice, the leading text book on salvage law and he is a former Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitrator and Appeal Arbitrator. He is also co-editor of the forthcoming edition of Lowndes and Rudolf’s General Average and consultant editor of Halsbury’s Laws of England, Shipping and Maritime Law.

TugAdvise partner, Alex Macinnes said: “John’s consultancy will be exclusive to our clients in England and his appointment is a real coup for TugAdvise. It demonstrates the strong reputation we have rapidly developed and the high regard in which our firm is held. We created the firm to offer quality, expertise and value. Our consultants allow us to deliver on those principles and John’s appointment cements that offering further. He combines the key attributes of a deep and fundamental academic understanding, technical knowledge and top-level advocacy.”

John Reeder is recognised for his technical knowledge and grasp of the practical aspects of maritime law, gained largely through his experience as the Lloyd’s Appeal Arbitrator and his great experience of public enquiries, including the Penlee Lifeboat; the Herald of Free Enterprise and the Marchioness incidents. Legal 500 describes him as “highly rated” and “phenomenally talented.”

Speaking of his appointment, Mr Reeder said: “I am looking forward to getting stuck in and guiding clients directly in a way that isn’t really possible when working in chambers. I have always enjoyed the practical aspects of shipping law and technical considerations. And although I am well-known for my work in the field of salvage, I am excited by the opportunity to work increasingly on non-salvage matters, as well as “dry” issues too.”

Mr Reeder will continue to expand his practice as an arbitrator and mediator through his long-standing association with Stone Chambers, the well-known set of shipping and commercial barristers, where he will remain an associate member.

Commenting on the appointment, partner, Simon Tatham, said: “We are proud of our unique combination of top legal advice and technical understanding. We see John’s appointment as a great boost to that offering and he will undoubtedly extend that capability into the “dry” sphere of our work as well as the traditional “wet” areas. John is also an expert on the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.”

TugAdvise launched in 2012 and has handled a number of high profile marine casualties and other work on behalf of its clients. Partner Alex Macinnes began his career in naval architecture and trained as a ship surveyor with Lloyd’s Register of Shipping before working as a solicitor at Ince & Co and Holman Fenwick Willan. Partner Simon Tatham has more than 25 years experience as an admiralty solicitor.

TugAdvise’s consultants include five former mariners (including three master mariners); a marine engineer; a ship surveyor and a former salvor.