Interview

Georgina Noakes meets Bill Dorsey

Georgina Noakes meets Bill Dorsey, newly elected president of the USMLA BILL Dorsey is, as I expected, on time. The first things I see as he meets me in the hall of the Army & Navy Club in Pall Mall, London, are his perfectly polished brogues. My mother always said you could tell a lot about a man from his shoes. "My father was in the US army during the Second World War,...

At the bar - Alison Shaw-Lloyd tells Chris Hewer

Alison Shaw-Lloyd tells Chris Hewer why she decided to go it alone GO placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly. And listen to others, even the dull and ignorant. They too have their story. Not a bad life plan, that. It is to be...

At the bar - Tim Taylor talks to Georgina Noakes

Tim Taylor talks to Georgina Noakes at The City House, 86 Bishopsgate, London IT is another wet day in London when I arrive at the offices of Hill Taylor Dickinson. I am met by an array of umbrellas, which I step between to take a peek at Tim Taylor's corner office. It is covered in the usual mess of paperwork that lawyers so love to accumulate. No tidy desk-empty mind policy...

At the Bar - With John Guy

Morten Lund Mathisen, the partner in charge of Wikborg, Rein & Co’s London office, at the bar with John Guy LA Grande Marque, on London’s Ludgate Circus or Hill, is a rather pretentious winebar only a few steps from Morten Lund Mathisen’s offices near St Pauls Cathedral. But there is nothing pretentious about Morten. He is straightforward Norwegian, slightly modified by...

At the Bar - Lloyd Nelson enjoys an iced tea with Chris Hewer

"THANK you Mr Hewer", says the winsome waitress as she takes my order in the Marriott's Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert. It is true I was here earlier in the week, but I have obviously underestimated the extent of my charisma. Then I remember. I am wearing a name tag on my shirt, in common with most other delegates to the US Maritime Law Association fall meeting,...

At the Bar - Shares an al fresco bottle with Roger Overall

Stuart Hetherington, a partner in Withnell Hetherington, Sydney, shares an al fresco bottle with Roger Overall THE English and the Australians share a common understanding. They don't like each other. Why else would they choose to live on opposite sides of the planet? Having owned the place, the English find it hard to swallow that they failed to make Australia a success while...

At the Bar - Jose Maria Alcantara shares a good lunch in madrid with John Guy

Jose Maria Alcantara shares a good lunch in madrid with John Guy Las Pocholas, Fortuny 47, Madrid. Tel:91 308 01 07 JOSE Maria Alcantara is a courteous host. Which is just as well because, as the ubiquitous face of Spanish maritime law, he hosts conventions, meetings and gatherings of all things legal and all things Hispanic wherever he goes. On this forty degree-plus summer...

At the Bar - Celma Moncada cools down over drinks with Trevor McGrath

Celma Moncada cools down over drinks with Trevor McGrath at the Hotel Radisson, World Trade Centre, Panama City THE problems begin when I ask the taxi driver for the Radisson Hotel. 'No problem,' he says. But he drives past the same building four times, and I know he's lost. I get out when we pass Moncada & Moncada's offices for the second time, and get the address details...

At the Bar - About a life in maritime law

Nick Healy talks to Chris Hewer about a life in maritime law in New York INDIA House has always been a favourite of mine. I like the location, too - Hanover Square, Manhattan. Inside the old building, not too much has changed since my last visit two years ago. I am having lunch with Nick Healy, truly the grand old man of maritime law in New York. It is hard to believe that,...

At the Bar - Light lunch with John Guy

Mahin Faghfouri takes a light lunch with John Guy at the Palais de Nations, Geneva UNTIL recently, Mahin Faghfouri was - despite her exotic name - one of the most influential people in international maritime law that no-one had ever heard of. Why? Because she has built a career at UNCTAD, and many people in shipping think UNCTAD an expensive irrelevance. "Rubbish," says this...

Chums on Seats - Uría & Menéndez

Uría & Menéndez LEADING independent Spanish law firm Uría & Menéndez will incorporate leading maritime law, transport and logistics firm Figaredo & Asociados from 1st January 2000. This will result in a firm with approximately 220 lawyers and a turnover exceeding $47m, with an extensive network of offices in Spain, Europe and Latin America. Lawrence Graham LEADING...

Barry MacCarthy lunches with Trevor McGrath

HAVING beaten my way through the Dublin traffic, and allaying the nightmare of parking in the city centre, I arrive early in Fitzwilliam Square for my meeting with Barry MacCarthy, a shipping solicitor at McKeever Rowan. He is much younger than I expect. We go to Pier 32, a restaurant just around the corner from Barry's offices. It is 1330hrs, and the restaurant doesn't appear...

Chums on seats - Wikborg, Rein & Co

Wikborg, Rein & Co WIKBORG, Rein & Co, the Norwegian international law firm headquartered in Oslo, has strengthened its team following the decision by three partners and other staff of Oslo law firm Gundersen & Co to join the firm. Senior partner Jon R Gundersen, partners Sven Eriksrud and Gunmar Meyer, and three associates and other staff will join Wikborg Rein...

FROM NEW YORK TO YORK

Georgina Noakes travels to York to meet Sir David Steel, Admiralty Judge in London THE last public platform upon which many shipping people saw Sir David Steel was at the Bar Association of New York during the USMLA's centenary celebrations last May. There, he represented the Admiralty Court in London with authority, a sense of history and a strong dose of charm and wit. He...

Chris Potts hosts Roger Overall at the Hong Kong Club

I SHOULD be talking to a salesman on his yacht. After all, in his youth, Chris Potts was told he was perfect material for a career as a technical salesman. And he originally offered to meet on his 34ft motor yacht for a cruise around Hong Kong Island as we ate and spoke. But life rarely pans out as expected. Chris ignored the counsel to become a sales rep. Instead he became a...