Partner - dual qualified
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Expertise Shipping, Commercial Litigation, Ports and harbours Department Maritime Languages English
Stefanie is an experienced commercial litigator (dual-qualified in Scotland, England & Wales) with a broad marine practice. She also heads up our Global Ports team.
Stefanie has particular expertise in a wide-range of shipping matters including issues arising at ports and harbours, collisions, offshore disputes as well as incidents at sea resulting in loss of life and catastrophic injury. She is particularly well versed in international matters involving multiple jurisdictions. Stefanie also has extensive experience in construction, energy and property disputes.
She leads our Global Ports team, which is internationally recognised for its expertise in ports, harbours and development. She has over 20 years' experience in the London and international markets and a deep understanding of the matters affecting ports and terminals clients.
Stefanie acts for a range of ports, harbours, local authorities and developers, and her specialisms include marine regulations of ports, litigation and harbour revision. She also advises on environmental impact assessments and habitats regulations assessments related to offshore facilities.
She holds a Certificate in P&I Insurance from an International Group P&I Club. Stefanie is part of the Comité Maritime International Working Group on Polar Shipping and heads up the sub-group that deals with the applicability of the COLREGS in the polar regions.
British Ports Association
My matter highlights
- A multi-million pounds subsea cable damage claim involving the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims.
- A case involving the Limitation Act 1980 in which she was successful at the Court of Appeal.
My recent publications
News / The Building Safety Act 2022: a view from Scotland
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, major changes had to be made to the law and practice of building safety in the UK. The Building Safety Act 2022 (the “BSA”) is one of the biggest reforms to building and construction law in decades. The BSA creates a new safety regime for the construction of residential buildings, ushering in a significant revamp of building and fire safety regulations and making provision for an ambitious toolkit of measures that are intended to ensure that those responsible for building safety defects can be held to account.
News / Ince Scotland bolsters offering within real estate and regulatory
01-12-2022 / Real Estate
We are delighted to announce that Greg Smith and Ross Cameron have joined our team in Scotland.
News / Ince celebrates one year since Scotland office opening
23-11-2022 / Insurance, Maritime, Real Estate
We are pleased to be celebrating one year since opening our first Scottish office in the city of Glasgow. Stefanie Johnston, dual-qualified Partner and Head of Scotland, has worked tirelessly over the last year to develop our offering through the opening of an Ince office in what is arguably an established Scottish market. Starting from the ground up, Stefanie and her team have successfully gained an admirable reputation in the region and further afield in the maritime, insurance, real estate and regulatory sectors.
News / Ince Scotland: Acquittal secured in marine prosecution - July 2022
02-09-2022 / Maritime
Dual-Qualified Partner, Stefanie Johnston, led the team from Ince, assisted by Iain Franklin, Senior Associate, following a Scottish instruction to act on behalf of Mr. Steven Davie, who was being prosecuted for alleged breaches of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 and The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (“COLREGS”). The defence at trial was conducted by David Nicolson, advocate from Compass Chambers. Mr. Davie’s legal team successfully secured his acquittal at Inverness Sheriff Court.
News / Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry
In December 2019 the Scottish Ministers announced the terms of reference and a chair for a public inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in Scotland (the “Inquiry”).
News / Thélem’s the breaks: recovering English solicitors’ fees in the Scottish Courts
10-08-2022 / Maritime
Kirkwood v. Thélem Assurances  CSOH 53 A recent Outer House Opinion has provided welcome clarity on the recovery of English solicitors’ fees in the Scottish Courts.
News / Cladding dispute comes to Court: “Everyone else was doing it”
05-08-2022 / Real Estate
Martlet Homes v. Mullaley and Co Ltd  EWHC 1813 The Court has awarded a property owner damages for the defective design and installation of cladding. This is the first time the High Court has dealt with a dispute concerning cladding on a high rise building since the Grenfell Tower disaster.