London shipping law firm Campbell Johnston Clark is beefing up its operations with the appointment of three former Ince & Co lawyers.

The team is led by Chris Kidd, who joins as director and partner.

CJC is just the latest in a long line of law firms to add former Ince lawyers.

At the start of October, the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority closed down Ince’s parent firm Axiom Ince amid claims of a misuse of client funds.

The new CJC line-up is completed by Stuart Plotnek, who joins the transactional team as managing associate, and Jeong-Sook Kim, who becomes an associate solicitor in the litigation division.

The new faces are part of a plan to grow both these operations.

All three will be based in London.

Highly experienced dispute resolution specialist Kidd joined Ince in 1984 and was a partner at the company.

He is well-known for his role in ship construction, ship repair and conversion work.

Kidd advises yards, buyers, banks and others on contract drafting and negotiation, refund guarantees, performance guarantees and consultancy agreements.

Recent work has involved LNG carriers, wind turbine installation vessels, offshore support vessels, cruise ships, ferries and superyachts as well as conventional merchant ships.

33 years of experience

Plotnek was a managing associate at Ince during a 33-year stint.

His expertise covers all aspects of vessel sale and purchase, newbuilding resale contracts, bareboat charters, ship and mortgage registration, management contracts and novations.

Kim was an associate at Ince after 12 years at insurer Steamship Mutual as a director.

She specialises in shipping, marine insurance and trade, advising owners, charterers, protection and indemnity clubs and insurers on contractual disputes and other matters.

“We continue to attract the most talented maritime lawyers to CJC, and we are looking forward to working with Chris, Stuart and Jeong-Sook as CJC grows both the litigation and transactional sides of its business,” said Alistair Johnston, CJC director.