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Portrait of John Strange


John is a consultant in the marine and commercial litigation group and is based in the London office. He has in-depth experience of a range of maritime problems, particularly those concerning the cruise, ferry, superyachts and offshore industry sectors.

A member of the firm’s global 24/7 emergency response team, John regularly advises shipowners, P&I clubs and underwriters on various issues such as collision, salvage, insurance disputes, and marine personal injury and fatality incidents for which he is recognised as a market leader.

With the increase in criminal sanctions in recent years, John has developed a particular expertise in guiding clients through investigations by the MAIB and HSE and in defending prosecutions by the MCA Enforcement Unit and Police. A member of the British Insurance Law Association, John read law at the University of Birmingham. He speaks fluent French, holds the Diplôme Supérieur de Droit et de Français des Affaires, and is admitted to the Paris Bar.

Recent work highlights

  • Representing the owners and P&I club in the investigation into the loss of the ferry, the Al Salam Boccaccio 98, that foundered in the Red Sea with the loss of 1,040 lives, the largest peacetime marine casualty outside the Far East.
  • Assisting charterers and their P&I Club in pursuing claims against the owners arising from multiple injuries and breach of contract claims brought by passengers following the complete immobilisation of a passenger vessel when struck by a Mediterranean wave during heavy weather.
  • Acting for a P&I club following the loss of a cattle carrier that foundered in the Mediterranean with the loss of 70 lives and 35,000 head of cattle.
  • Advising underwriters in France and the UK following the loss of the VOR 70 sailing yacht which was totally destroyed by fire.
  • Helping the owners of a product tanker to deal with the subsequent investigation by the MAIB, inquest and civil claims following an explosion during cargo discharge that resulted in loss of life.

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