Julian has experience of, and enthusiasm for, heavy weight international contentious work
A large part of Julian’s professional life has been overseas, in the Middle East and Far East, broadening and deepening an initial expertise in shipping and marine insurance into a very broad based international litigation and arbitration practice including offshore energy work and numerous aspects of international trade. That international experience has stood him in good stead since his return to the City in 2003 and remains at the heart of his practice.
Julian’s intention was always to be a lawyer but, by choice, he read English at Oxford University. He never regretted either choice. He qualified in June 1979 when joining Clyde & Co in London, already globally recognised as a leading maritime law firm. In 1981 he moved to Hong Kong to help establish the firm’s recently established Far East Regional Office, becoming a salaried (global) partner in 1983. His love of travel has endured.
He returned to London at the beginning of 1986 and as a full equity partner worked principally in the marine, insurance and reinsurance fields until 1990. Then, he moved to Clyde & Co’s Middle East Regional Office which was another recently established regional office; to lead and develop the firm’s litigation practice. That coincided with the invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 and an arrival in Dubai in a febrile atmosphere. It did however prove a fertile environment in which to gain experience of a very mixed bag of work, often at the sharp end. Julian recollects taking statements on a VLCC tanker in ballast, whilst travelling up the Gulf with floating mines reportedly heading the other way, “concentrates the mind wonderfully!”
In 1996, he moved to Singapore to head up Clyde & Co’s South East Asia regional office. Managing, and practising in, a relatively small office overseas provided an opportunity for a very broadly based range of work which was simply not available to a partner based in London. He always loved the stimulation and challenge of handling such a variety of work. Whilst in Dubai he ‘added’ offshore energy work to his litigation/arbitration portfolio and developed that in Singapore along with commodity trading disputes, particularly in the oil trading field.
In 2003, with a wish to return to Europe, he returned to Clyde & Co London with the aim of re-establishing his practice there whilst not underestimating the challenge of returning to a very large practice there after so many years away.
After three years, in 2007, he moved as a partner to Ross & Co, a boutique litigation practice in London which would afford him the opportunity to continue his practice and enjoy the breadth and variety of work which he always found stimulating.
Now, he believes that Jurit will allow him to exploit his experience in a way that will prove symbiotic for the firm and its clients. Over his 39 years pqe the business world has changed enormously. In many ways it has expanded greatly; in others it has shrunk. The Jurit model represents an opportunity to do quality work with like-minded people, for quality clients, and to extend maximum global reach with minimum infrastructure. That is an opportunity for professional lawyers, and their clients, not to be missed!