Like many of those not born into shipowning families, lawyer Alison Weal had never dreamed of a career in shipping.

But over the last 20 years she has carved out a profitable niche in the London shipping finance scene as a partner at Winston & Strawn.

And she has plenty of advice for those hoping to make a success of a legal career in the sector.

Weal's practice now includes finance, sale and purchase and ship leasing.