Senior Associate, Shipping
I studied French and Modern Greek at university, before going on to do my GDL and LPC and a post-graduate degree in European Legal Studies in Bruges, Belgium.
I trained at another firm, doing one dispute resolution seat in their Marine, Energy and Trade department. I enjoyed the challenging legal issues that shipping litigation throws up, the fact that no two days were the same and the interesting people around the world I was given the opportunity to deal with. Shipping also suited my background in languages and I therefore qualified as a shipping lawyer in 2008.
At three years' qualified, I joined HFW's London office and sat in the 'wet' shipping team dealing with marine casualties as well as offshore shipping claims and marine insurance disputes. There is a phenomenal breadth of experience in shipping expertise at HFW as well as a very open and friendly culture, which has allowed me to learn from every person I have worked with. As an Associate, I had the opportunity to be heavily involved in cases and to work front-line with clients, barristers, experts and witnesses. I also spent 6 months on part-time secondment to a London insurer which, as well as letting me get to know the clients on a personal level, gave me an insight into the challenges faced by our insurer clients and a new perspective on dealing with the issues we are asked to advise on. In many cases, our clients are claiming or defending claims in arbitration or English Court proceedings. I find it interesting and challenging to be able to follow a claim through from the beginning to the final hearing or trial and to watch how the witness and expert evidence which I have seen develop over the previous two or three years stands up to cross-examination. After a particularly challenging two week arbitration, receiving an arbitration award in our clients' favour and being able to report to them that their claim was been successful was definitely a highlight of my career so far.
As shipping is a global industry, the vast majority of our day to day work in the London office is with clients based outside the UK. I have therefore had many opportunities to use the languages I have learned and to develop them further. In addition, I have had the chance to travel to visit clients and attend conferences and meetings all over the world, including Monte Carlo and the Netherlands in the last 12 months. I became a Senior Associate in April 2016 and, in February 2017, I transferred to our Piraeus office. Working with a well-respected firm in the port of Piraeus gives you unique and first hand exposure to the Greek shipping market. The office has a welcoming atmosphere and there is plenty of opportunity to get to know our clients and to get stuck in to assisting them with whatever English law issues arise. I am looking forward to developing my career in the Piraeus office in the years to come.