Law firm Clyde & Co has appointed Stefanie Johnston as a Glasgow-based partner in its global marine and insurance teams.
Johnston will join on October 24 from Keoghs where she helped establish its Scottish presence and started a dedicated UK-wide marine practice in which has also undertaken marine construction, regulatory and insurance work.
She will establish a marine presence for Clyde & Co Scotland, working with marine colleagues in the UK and globally. She will also further strengthen its commercial litigation practice and work with its insurance teams. Clyde & Co’s marine practice comprises 150 lawyers across 46 offices worldwide.
Johnston, who was educated at the former Westbourne School for girls in Glasgow, graduated from the University of St Andrews and established her career in marine law at Hill Dickinson in Liverpool. She moved back to Scotland and worked for Brodies before joining Keoghs in Glasgow as a partner in March 2017.
She is a dual-qualified commercial dispute lawyer and one of a handful in Scotland with expertise and experience in marine law, specialising in both wet and dry shipping and transport with insurers, protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs, ports, cargo interests, freight forwarders and logistics companies.
David Tait, managing partner at Clyde & Co in Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic hire for us in Scotland as Stefanie’s expertise complements and builds on our strategic focus on our core sectors. Attracting one of the few marine specialists in Scotland to our fold is a coup and extends our global strength in this sector. The fact she is a top-class commercial litigator who works across our marine, insurance, energy and projects & construction sectors makes her a great fit.”
Johnston is a member of the British Ports Association, Ports Skills and Safety, London Maritime Arbitrators Association and Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association, and chairs the Comité Maritime International Working Group on Polar Shipping.
She said: “Clyde & Co is the pre-eminent marine and insurance law firm in the world which is why I’m so pleased to be joining the team. I am looking forward to building a strong marine presence in Scotland, working with the global practice and supporting our wider ambitions in Scotland.”