Kennedys boosts Asia-Pacific expertise with marine partner hire

We are pleased to announce that we have boosted our international marine insurance and shipping practice, and particularly our Korean expertise, with the appointment of disputes partner Deug Rong (“DR”) Lee from Clyde & Co.

DR joins our international marine insurance and shipping team, which came about as a result of the merger with Waltons & Morse in November last year. He will be based in our London office.

With over 20 years’ experience, including time spent as head of legal at global shipping company Pan Ocean Co Ltd, DR’s practice is focused primarily on the Korean market, where he acts for all the leading shipyards. He focuses on litigation and arbitration relating to shipbuilding and offshore construction projects, shipping, international trade, commercial sale contracts, oil and gas projects, marine insurance and marine casualties.

I was attracted to Kennedys because it is well known for its specialist expertise spanning the sectors in which my Korean clients operate. I am particularly interested in its growing international reach and its excellent reputation in dispute resolution, both of which I hope to further build.

DR Lee, Partner, London

DR’s experience will help us to boost our marine practice and our international capability, particularly in the Korean market where he is very well known. The merger with boutique marine insurance firm, Waltons & Morse, has been extremely successful and we have an appetite for further growth and attracting top talent.

Christopher Dunn, Partner, London

DR is also our fifth UK lateral partner hire since the start of the year after Paula Garvey, who joined the Manchester office from Hill Dickinson, and Alan Dury, Suzanne Wilkinson and Paul Bedford, who will be joining the Sheffield office in April also from Hill Dickinson. In January, Nick Humphrey, a dispute resolution and commercial partner, joined our global aviation practice and is based in Dubai.

Already this year, we have launched a formal association with Italian firm Studio Legale Rinaldi Associati and opened a new office in Mexico complementing the string of South America office openings in 2016.