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.

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


"Remarkably clear and articulate"

Legal 500 2016

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