13 January 2016: Clyde & Co partner Irvine Marr has relocated to the firm’s London office from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) operations, where he was the Head of Shipping and International Trade.
Irvine will play a key role in connecting the firm’s UK and Middle East offices, which will further enhance its leading marine, trade and commodities practice.
Irvine has been a partner with Clyde & Co since 2002 and in Dubai since 2009. During his 6 years in the Middle East our MENA Shipping and International Trade teams have seen significant expansion, with the Shipping team now being one of the largest in the region, having 15 specialist marine lawyers.
During his time in Dubai, Irvine has acted on many high profile cases in arbitration and litigation, some run in the UK, others in the Middle East. A number of these were precedent–setting, such as such as ETA v SFI  EWHC 1452 in the English Commercial Court; TTMI v. Statoil 2 Lloyd’s Rep 220 in the English Court of Appeal and, X v Y (ARB-002-2013) in the DIFC Court.
Irvine’s focus in the UK will be on marine, trade and commodities. He has a market leading reputation for resolving international trade and commodities disputes involving multiparty litigation across different jurisdictions and high value claims. Irvine will continue to advise his extensive client base of major oil traders, steel traders, various P&I Clubs, state owned charterers and first class shipowners from the London office.
Christopher Jobson will take up the role of Head of Shipping and International Trade for MENA. Christopher is a highly regarded litigation and arbitration lawyer and has been advising on maritime law since 1988. His clients include regional and international energy companies, financial institutions, P&I clubs, ship owners and charterers and logistics organisations.
Michael Payton QC (Hon), Chairman of Clyde & Co. commented “Clyde & Co has a truly international client base and thorough understanding of marine and trade clients’ global operations. The global spread of our marine expertise mirrors our clients operations. We see Irvine’s relocation as an opportunity to further enhance the firm’s marine, trade & commodities offering. Irvine will be based in London but still work in tandem with the team in MENA, which will enable the two regions to work closer than ever.”
Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a pioneering heritage and a resolute focus on its core sectors of insurance, aviation, energy, infrastructure, natural resources, marine and trade. With over 1, 800 lawyers operating from 45 offices and associated offices in six continents, the firm advises on a wide range of contentious and transactional matters.