Reed Smith continues its expansion in South East Asia

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Richard LovellGlobal law firm Reed Smith has announced the arrival of market-leading admiralty and casualty response lawyer, Richard Lovell, as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office.

Mr Lovell (pictured) joins Reed Smith from Ince & Co, where he was head of shipping and managing partner of the firm’s Singapore office. He has almost 30 years’ experience as an admiralty and marine insurance practitioner in Asia and joins Reed Smith to head a highly experienced Singapore team of casualty lawyers (including two senior ex-mariners) handling a wide range of marine casualties and offshore oil and gas matters.

The team advises ship owners, clubs, underwriters, charterers, offshore oil and gas producers and commodities traders and typical matters include vessel and cargo loss or damage, collisions, pollution, groundings, ship fires, main engine breakdowns, salvage incidents, wreck removal, oil rig incidents and spillages and liquefaction cases.

In addition to his work in Singapore, Mr Lovell has advised on a significant number of marine and offshore casualties in the region, including Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand where, over the years, he has established extensive local knowledge.

“We wish to enhance Reed Smith’s shipping, marine casualty and ‘major incident’ response capabilities in the Asia Pacific region. This is largely in the face of demand from our clients operating in the shipping and energy and natural resources sectors and is consistent with continued growth in the key Asian shipping lanes, which run between regional and intercontinental hubs,” said Barry Stimpson, Reed Smith’s Singapore office Managing Partner.

“Richard’s arrival provides our clients with senior local expertise and will form a pivotal part of our emergency response services where clients need us most.”

Reed Smith has continued to grow its offering in Singapore since launching its office in 2012. Today, the firm’s offering extends to 18 lawyers across a broad range of disciplines, including shipping, energy and natural resources, international arbitration, corporate, finance, restructuring, regulatory affairs and investigations.