Gemma Pearce

Experience

  • I qualified as a barrister in 2001 cross qualifying as a solicitor in 2005.
  • I have extensive legal experience specialising in shipping, marine and non-marine insurance, international trade and in the travel and cruise sectors.
  • My experience includes handling all aspects of charter parties, bills of lading, supply and carriage of goods by sea, cargo, passenger and crew claims, with particular emphasis on P&I and FD&D matters; assisting owners, charterers, operators, brokers and insurers in a wide range of jurisdictions. I also advise on personal injury and loss of life cases; medical negligence claims and class actions arising out of illness and disease outbreaks as well as extensive occupational disease experience.
  • I draw upon my practical experience and real commercial understanding when handling marine casualty work but with particular emphasis on shipping/transport related personal injury and fatal accident cases including accidents involving cargo ships, passenger ships and port/terminal operations. I also draft/advise on health and safety procedures, policies and risk management and trains management and personnel.
  • On the non-marine side, I have worked extensively with a global self-insured chemical company for many years. I also work with a national museum and a local contractor with respect to insurance archaeology and occupational disease claims handling.
  • I am recognised as a Next Generation Partner in Legal 500 2021.

Significant reported cases

  • Davis v Stena Line [2005] EWHC 420 (QB)

Clients

  • I work with numerous P&I clubs within the international group, traditional mainstream insurers and bespoke marine specialist insurers and brokers. This has included working with a global self-insured chemical company for many years handling disease claims on their behalf. Furthermore I have worked with a national museum and a local contractor with respect to insurance archaeology and occupational disease claims handling. Additionally I have worked with a large ship owner for 11 years, providing claims handling services to their Ro-Ro fleet.

 

Membership/appointments

  • British Marine Federation.
  • Bristol Steamship Association.

Contact Details


+44 117 933 7721
gemma.pearce@blmlaw.com
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Testimonials


Gemma Pearce is a standout individual. She is as astute and clever as they come. A superb strategic operator who leaves no stone unturned in fighting a case.

Legal 500 2021

Gemma keeps her clients well informed and updated in relation to litigation trends in this area. She has her finger on the pulse of changes and issues and assists her clients to respond to these issues.

Legal 500 2021

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