Myton Law, the Hull-based specialist shipping, transport and insurance law firm, is expanding, with new recruits adding to its company and commercial, and vessel finance capabilities.

James Westwood joins from national firm Bond Dickinson’s south-west corporate team.

Company and commercial lawyer James will provide Myton Law’s maritime, logistics and insurance sector clients with support in non-contentious commercial matters, including commercial supply chain, distribution, outsourcing and fuel supply agreements and ship repair and build contracts. 

James also brings corporate law experience including company secretarial work; company constitutional matters; sales and acquisitions; share issues and share capital reorganisations; new ventures and shareholders’ agreements.

Sue Hales, recruited from Andrew Jackson Solicitors, is a paralegal experienced in commercial vessel transactional work involving finance, ship sales and purchase and ship registrations.

‘These two new appointments further enhance the services we provide to clients in our specialist market,’ said Myton Law director Iain Butterworth. ‘In addition to turning to us for support when facing contentious issues, clients look to us for legal advice on general commercial and company legal matters and we are pleased to offer a wide range of services.

‘With these appointments we are also even better equipped to meet growing demand in the region for commercial agreements arising out of the developing off shore renewable energy supply chain. James is a valuable addition to the scope of our team and Sue adds strength in depth to our maritime expertise.’

James Westwood added: ‘The prospects for the Hull and Humber area, in particular with regards to the offshore energy sector, look very positive. I see great scope for interesting, high-quality, varied legal work and look forward to providing Myton Law’s clients with the corporate and commercial support they require.’

Trainee solicitor Zoë Cheng, who joined Myton Law as a paralegal in October 2012 from the University of Hull, a fertile source of recruitment for the firm, will shortly complete her training contract when she returns from a three-month secondment with one of Myton’s clients, a major rail freight operator.

Yorkshire’s only specialist shipping, transport, insurance and engineering law firm, Myton Law provides legal advice to exporters/importers, ship owners, port operators, logistics companies, insurers, insurance brokers and, increasingly, to the offshore renewable energy sector.