Shipping law firm Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC) has boosted its team with a familiar face and an addition from the world of protection and indemnity (P&I) insurance.

The UK firm has welcomed back Harry Savva as a senior associate in London.

The lawyer left CJC nearly two years ago to work at UK tanker and bulker owner Union Maritime, where he was senior legal counsel.

Neil Jackson, meanwhile, joins in Newcastle, having spent eight years at the North of England Club as a senior solicitor.

CJC said the “key appointments” strengthen its litigation and transactional teams.

Savva is described as having broad experience, covering shipping finance, sale and purchase (S&P), insurance, compliance, claims and sanctions.

He trained at Clyde & Co and also spent time working for a Greek ship management company in Athens.

“We are delighted to welcome Harry back,” said James Clayton, director and head of the commercial and finance department at CJC.

“The transactional team continues to grow. We look forward to benefiting from Harry’s experience, energy and insight as we enhance CJC’s offering globally. We are committed to attracting and developing great talent, and to retaining it,” he added.

Jackson will advise owners and charterers on all aspects of dry shipping law.

Extensive experience

He has extensive experience in disputes relating to payment of hire, withdrawal, speed and consumption, redelivery, condition of holds, freight, laytime and demurrage, bunker supply contracts and S&P.

“Neil will help drive forward our activities in the North-East,” said Allen Marks, director and head of the Newcastle office.

His appointment is “another example of CJC’s investment in Newcastle as a focus for maritime law expertise to serve owners and charterers worldwide,” Marks added.

Last year, CJC hired two new associate solicitors at its UK offices.

Cecilie Rezutka joined in London from rival Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW), and Keeley Edmondson was recruited in Newcastle from her previous firm, Ward Hadaway.