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Leading shipping litigation specialist Angus Johnson, partner at Stephenson Harwood, has died at the age of 39. His death at the end of February followed a brief but brave fight against cancer.
Johnson joined Stephenson Harwood in 1987, becoming a partner in 1998. He was most recently involved in the Great Peace Shipping/Tsavliris dispute, where the Court of Appeal’s ruling has had a profound effect on the law of mistake, and the Mamidoil/Okta litigation concerning a multi-million dollar contractual dispute relating to the supply and transport of oil to the only oil refinery in Macedonia. On the enforcement side, he took the ‘Tropical Reefer’ litigation to the Court of Appeal over a complex jurisdictional issue.
Duncan McDonald, head of shipping litigation at Stephenson Harwood, said: “Angus was a charming man and an extremely able and effective lawyer. He had an endearingly cheerful and open personality, and was someone with whom people from all walks of life felt comfortable. He was at all times approachable on both a professional and personal level.
“His objective approach to partnership and management issues was invaluable. I and all of his partners had the highest regard for his legal and commercial judgment. He will be greatly missed.”
Johnson leaves a wife, Fiona, whom he met at Stephenson Harwood, and two young children.