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INTERNATIONAL HOUSE, 1 ST KATHARINE'S WAY, LONDON, E1W 1YL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7782 0990
Fax:
Fax 020 7481 7978
Email:
Web:
www.bentleys.co.uk
Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless, Joanna Steele, London, ENGLAND

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Joanna Steele

Tel:
Work 020 7782 0990
Email:
Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless

Position

Partner specialising in the resolution of marine and insurance disputes in arbitration, mediation and the Commercial Court. Joanna’s expertise includes charterparty and COA problems; complex cargo claims; dangerous cargoes; general average; off-spec bunkers; shipbuilding and ship sale and purchase disputes; specialist offshore vessels and contracts; insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes; shipbroking and agency disputes.

Career

Qualified as a barrister completing pupillage in a specialist shipping and insurance chambers; Tindall Riley & Co, managers of Britannia P&I Club 1987; Bentleys, Stokes & Lowless 1990, requalified as a solicitor 1992, partner 1993.

Languages

Italian.

Education

Oxford University (1985 Law).

Leisure

Choral singing, bassoon playing, golf.


London: Transport

Shipping

Within: Shipping

Maritime and insurance law boutique Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless is a β€˜great example of a small firm that is a real match for the heavyweights’; β€˜it offers its clients an excellent service, combining detailed knowledge and experience of shipping law and the industry, with a very client-friendly approach’. Highlights included acting for the owners of the β€˜Yangtze Xing Hua’ on an arbitration award appeal. Paul Griffiths heads the practice, which includes Vernon Sewell, who heads the casualty team and has β€˜deep industry knowledge’; Nicholas Wilson, who is β€˜a great tactician’; William Chetwood, who is noted for his β€˜vast experience’; and Joanna Steele, who β€˜immerses herself in every case and has a very thorough grasp of the evidence and legal issues, whilst never losing sight of the commercial implications of a case’. Clients also single out Sarah Allan as β€˜particularly good for yacht and superyacht-related work; her practical knowledge of sailing and the industry stand her in good stead’. Andrew Powell is a β€˜details man with excellent technical skills’, and Paul Crane, who is β€˜very methodical in his approach’.

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