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01 Nov 2016

Stephenson Harwood recruits heavyweight shipping litigator Ed Newitt to its Dubai office

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Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its Middle East shipping and insurance litigation practice with the addition of Ed Newitt as a partner in its Dubai office.

Newitt's practice is centred on commercial litigation and all forms of dispute resolution, where he has particular expertise in maritime and marine insurance. He is recognised for the strength of his multi-jurisdictional experience, most notably in matters involving the Middle East. He has experience advising in relation to collision, salvage, piracy and casualty investigations, disputes from contracts of carriage and marine insurance coverage issues, as well as risk management issues and disputes arising out of CAR, fire and other liability policies. In 2015 he was recognised as one of the top ten maritime lawyers globally in the annual Lloyd's List 100.

In April 2016 Newitt was appointed by the Ruler of Dubai to the Board of the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC), and he currently serves on the Executive Committee of EMAC. He joins the firm from Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, where he was formerly managing partner of their Dubai office from 1996 to 2012.

"Litigation, and in particular shipping litigation, is a core practice of the firm and of our Dubai office, and building the team with highly skilled and experienced lawyers is an important part of our ongoing plans," said Rovine Chandrasekera, office managing partner at Stephenson Harwood's Dubai office. "Shipping disputes often involve a range of international elements and cover multiple jurisdictions; the breadth of Ed's understanding of this international framework will be a perfect complement to our existing Middle East capabilities and will further build our global contentious shipping practice."

"My practice has focussed on the Middle East for over 20 years, and the opportunity to return to the region was a natural draw," said Ed Newitt. "Stephenson Harwood's contentious practice is well-established and I look forward to working with the team to further build its offering and reputation in the region."

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