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Penningtons Manches Cooper’s Piraeus office appoints maritime litigation specialist

Posted: 21/04/2024

Top 50 law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper has boosted its Piraeus office with the recruitment of partner Richard Johnson-Brown, a litigator specialising in the shipping and maritime sectors.

Richard – who is dual qualified in Greece and England & Wales, and trained in London and in Piraeus – has built a highly successful practice in Greece, advising both domestic and international clients on a range of complex matters. He joins Penningtons Manches Cooper having trained at Holman Fenwick Willan and spent a decade in their Piraeus office.

Richard brings more than 15 years’ of extensive experience with clients including ship owners, yacht and superyacht owners, shipyards, banks, charterers, P&I clubs and H&M underwriters.

His expertise spans a wide variety of shipping and yachting disputes – including shipbuilding, ship sale, charterparty and bill of lading disputes – as well as collisions and groundings.

Within the past year, Richard has won two London arbitrations, one for an oil major and another for a yacht buyer. He has also represented a Greek commodities trader in the High Court. Richard speaks English, Greek, French and German and is an active member of the LMAA and the Army & Navy Club in London.

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

“We’re delighted to welcome Richard to the partnership. His reputation in the shipping and yacht industries, along with the deep knowledge and experience of the complex legal matters impacting the sector will be a real asset. I’m sure he will quickly become invaluable to the wider team and to our clients. We’re excited to welcome him aboard.”

Richard said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Penningtons Manches Cooper and helping to drive forward the continued development of the Piraeus office. I see exciting times ahead.”

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