22 Apr 2015

Stephenson Harwood promotes five to partnership

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International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has appointed five new partners with effect from 1 May. All five new partners are based in the firm's London office.

The new partners are Nick Barber and Max Lemanski in the Marine and International Trade practice; Russell Binch and Ros Prince in Commercial Litigation; and Jonathan Proctor in Finance.

Sharon White, Stephenson Harwood's CEO, commented: "We are delighted to welcome Nick, Russell, Max, Ros and Jonathan to the partnership. All five have impressive experience in their fields and are highly valued by clients. I look forward to working with them on the continued development of their practices and the wider firm."

Profiles of the new partners:

Nick Barber, Marine and International Trade
Nick qualified as a solicitor at Stephenson Harwood, following an earlier career at sea as a deck officer. He specialises in shipping litigation matters and advises on a range of maritime claims and disputes, including collisions, total losses and contractual and insurance disputes arising from marine casualties.

Russell Binch, Commercial Litigation
Russell also joined Stephenson Harwood as a trainee solicitor. He advises on disputes across a number of sectors, with particular expertise in contentious matters arising in the aviation sector, as well as broader commercial disputes. Russell is recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers with clients describing him as "enthusiastic, energetic and authoritative".

Max Lemanski, Marine and International Trade
Max joined Stephenson Harwood's marine and international trade practice in 2009. He represents clients on a wide range of contentious matters including shipbuilding claims, commodities disputes, commission disputes and charter-party issues. He is also a member of our energy team, working with the firm's oil & gas clients, and has developed an expertise in the LNG field.

Ros Prince, Commercial Litigation
Ros is a qualified solicitor-advocate who joined the firm in 2008. She acts on a broad range of commercial disputes, with particular expertise in financial services litigation and fraud and asset tracing. Ros is recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers with clients describing her as "absolutely amazing – very intelligent and innovative in her thinking."

Jonathan Proctor, Finance
Jonathan joined Stephenson Harwood's banking team in 2010. He specialises in real estate and development financing, acting for both lenders and borrowers across Europe and the United States. Jonathan has also worked on a number of high profile financial/corporate restructurings, most recently restructurings involving bonds and bank debt and advises stakeholders in default/enforcement scenarios.

The promotions add to the seven lateral hires that the firm has made during the 2014/15 financial year. As of 1 May, Stephenson Harwood has 129 partners internationally.

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