Career

The surprising Jean Richards

IT has been said that no young man has fully completed his shipping education unless he has danced with Jean Richards. Jean has been dancing since she was a child, beginning with tap at the age of three and progressing to jive as a teenager. At great family Christmases in the Pacy household, everyone danced. There were three aunts on the stage as dancers, one as a London...

THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD

THE judge is pretty pleased with his new chambers, which offer the best sweeping view of Manhattan - uptown and down - that you are ever likely to see. And he is pretty pleased with his life. Here is somebody who clearly loves his work. The judge in question is Charles S Haight Jr, who used to be Charles S Haight 111 and whose real name may be Terry. Either way, there is...

No sex please, we're women

THERE is a general rule in life that, if you want to get something done, you ask a busy person to do it. Fulvia Linari is the personification of this rule. She says she became president of WISTA by accident rather than by design. But Fulvia has proved to be a key player in the development of the organisation since she became its president in September 1996. She works and lives...

Once a lawyer always a lawyer

Georgina Noakes talks to Vassilis Sarantitis in Piraeus A MAN of quiet but determined focus lies behind the gentle persona of Vassilis Sarantitis and the family ethos that is clearly evident in the management of his law firm. He is a man with a huge appetite for achieving the tasks he sets both for himself and for those around him. This has led to success in two careers - as a...

Chums on seats - Ince & Co

Ince & Co CLIVE Reed, a master mariner, has joined Ince & Co’s Singapore office as the third member of its specialist marine casualty team. Prior to joining Ince in 1997, Reed spent 23 years at sea, including eight as master of handysize and panamax bulk carriers. After coming ashore in 1994, he worked for a Monaco-based shipowner, developing inhouse systems for...

Georgina Noakes meets shipping banker Rex Harrington

REX Harrington started his career in banking forty years ago at the Bank of England, having already completed a degree in economics at Oxford University and spent his national service as an officer in the RAF near Stratford Upon Avon. He is the former director of shipping at The Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was responsible for building up its heavyweight shipping portfolio...

Georgina Noakes talks to Mary Hubbard, partner at New Orleans firm Fowler, Rodriguez & Chalos

EVERYONE has been influenced by events and experiences that have shaped how they think, work and live. Mary Hubbard is no exception. "My grandfather was a principal in Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Co in Mobile, which was then a large shipbuilder," she says. "My father was in shipping, our family had friends who were respected maritime lawyers, and I also had friends whose...

The European Law Students' Association

Celebrating its 20th anniversary last year, the European Law Students Association (ELSA) is the largest independent association for law students and young lawyers in the world. And, as Suzanne Starbuck found out, it's not hard to see why. LAW has always been a popular choice among students. After all, no matter what state the economy is in, disputes will still arise and...

Jane Andrewartha of Clyde & Co talks to Georgina Noakes

JANE Andrewartha has enjoyed nearly thirty years at Clyde & Co and shows no sign of her energy abating. "I am still in my first job," she smiles modestly. Her litigation career has focused on the reinsurance and insurance markets and she has the reputation of being a formidable opponent. Over the last decade she has added mediation to her portfolio and is a director of the...

In Camera - Seagoing experience

Matthew Eisele of Houston-based Vinson & Elkins explains to Suzanne Starbuck why seagoing experience is one of a maritime lawyer's greatest assets THERE are many reasons why someone would choose a career as a maritime lawyer. For some, there is a family connection. For others, it seemed like the best thing to do at the time and they've never looked back. For Matt Eisele it...

In Camera - Launch his maritime career

LITTLE did Jan Theunis know that it would be his knowledge of geography that would launch his maritime career. In fact, despite studying for a law degree, he had no intention of ever entering the legal field. Philosophy was his first love but, having realised that to enter the philosophy field you had to wait for a professor to die, law won through. Jan's career began as a...

In Camera - Costas Roussos

“WHEN I was a boy, my mother would say to me, ‘Child, do not cause injustice to anyone. Be just. Never be jealous, and share what you have with others.” These wise words might have been hard to follow for the only son of Greek parents, but for Costas Roussos they have provided the boundary lines, and the safety net, for his life. “I am a dreamer and a doer,” Costas explains...

In Camera - She chose maritime law for all the wrong reasons

THERE are some who say they entered the maritime profession due to a family link or having spent time at sea. Others will say it was purely accidental. Louise Glover is one of the latter. In fact, it could be said that she chose maritime law for all the wrong reasons. Louise's career began at London-based law firm, Richards Butler, where she did her articles. "That dates me,...

In Camera

LIKE so many of his peers, Bruce Harris’s entry into the world of maritime law was entirely accidental. With great plans to head off to France for a year teaching English, Bruce took a vacation job as a messenger at Richards Butler’s London office in the summer of 1963 following a tip-off from his sister-in-law, who worked there. When his plans for France fell through and, the...

The next generation

WHETHER it’s the glamour of the travel, the drama of the courtroom, or the money that can be made, law continues to be a popular career choice among students. A small handful of these will shun the bright lights and high-profile cases of the corporate field in favour of a career in maritime law. One of the first decisions they will have to make is which firms to approach. A...