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Master Mariner joins Penningtons Manches Cooper’s shipping team

Posted: 19/06/2024

The shipping practice at top 50 law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper has hired lawyer and master mariner Captain Joe Riley as a managing associate in its London office.

Joe’s practice spans both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ shipping matters including, collisions; salvage; and general average; as well as unsafe port claims; speed and performance disputes; demurrage disputes; off-hire disputes; and cargo claims.. He has gained significant experience acting on behalf of clients – who include ship owners, charterers and salvors – in both the High Court and London Arbitration.

Prior to pursuing a career in law, Joe spent 13 years at sea during which he sailed in the rank of Captain onboard various vessels, including the AMSA ETV and the Trinity House vessel ‘Patricia’. While at sea, he also sailed onboard offshore survey and geophysical drilling vessels under charter to oil majors including BP, Shell, and Equinor; as well as passenger ro-ro vessels operated by Stena Line; and tankers operated by BP.

Joseph qualified in 2020 after being awarded the Graduate Diploma in Law with Distinction from the University of East Anglia and joins the firm from a London boutique shipping practice where he trained and spent six years acting for a variety clients on a wide range of matters.  

Commenting on Joe’s arrival, partner Darryl Kennard, who leads Penningtons Manches Cooper’s marine, trade and energy team said:

“Joe is a fantastic addition to our team. His experience and insight as a master mariner will be invaluable to clients across the sector. He has worked on an impressive range of wet and dry shipping cases since coming ashore and qualifying as a lawyer, and has established himself as an expert in a variety of complex areas. We’re delighted to welcome him to the firm”

Joe said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Penningtons Manches Cooper. The shipping practice has a great reputation and a great client base: I’m looking forward to being part of the team.”

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