Directorship for International Shipping Lawyer

Fri, 25 May 2012

Just back from Egypt and with trips to Greece, Dubai, Bangladesh, Ukraine and the Netherlands under his belt in the last six months, Hull-based shipping lawyer Iain Butterworth has dual cause for celebration having settled a major case for a high profile client and been promoted to the board of Myton Law.

Iain Butterworth specialises in technical shipping and engineering cases, ranging, for example, from a major oil pollution in Spain to resolving general average cases following vessel breakdown, such as the case just won for London-based marine insurer Navigators P&I (UK).  Worth €380K, the complex case drew on Iain’s skills as both a ship’s engineer and lawyer to defend the vessel insurer and owner successfully against cargo owners’ claims.

Butterworth, now director of shipping, transport, insurance and engineering law firm Myton Law, was part of the start up team when Myton was established in January 2010. 

Commenting on Iain’s directorship, Scott Yates director of Myton Law said, “We are delighted to welcome Iain to the board.  Myton Law is very fortunate to have Iain as part of the team.”

“With Iain’s dual expertise as both a lawyer and a qualified chief engineer, which we believe is unique in the UK, he is a valuable asset for the firm and for our clients.  This promotion recognises the esteem in which we and our clients hold him,” added Myton director John Habergham.

Starting his working life as a marine engineering cadet for a Scottish container line, Iain worked his way up through the ranks on a variety of vessels qualifying as a chief engineer with Esso Petroleum. 

Life at sea also included a year with P&O Ferries and he held a shore-side management role in the power generation manufacturing industry.  Iain qualified as a lawyer in 2004.

He is also a director of Team Humber Marine Alliance.

Based in Hull, Myton Law is Yorkshire’s first firm specialising in international shipping law.  Myton provides legal advice to exporters/importers, ship owners, port operators, logistics companies, insurers, insurance brokers and renewables companies.

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