Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has absorbed niche shipping firm RD Black & Co. The firm comprises senior partner Richard Black and one senior assistant. Black joins Barlows as a senior equity partner. No support staff have been included in the deal. Black began his career at Coward Chance and was a senior partner at Middleton Potts for twelve years before setting up his own firm in 1996. He has over 25 years experience of maritime and commodity arbitrations and Commercial Court hearings relating to shipping, trading, insurance and commercial litigation disputes and regulatory work.