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Institute of Maritime Law

Richard Shaw

Published: 6 November 2013

Richard Shaw practiced as a solicitor in the City of London for many years. His love of all things maritime led him to specialise in shipping law and in particular, he excelled in collision cases. In the early 1980's, he and his partner Roger Croft set up the highly successful firm of Shaw & Croft, with Richard as senior partner.

Richard Shaw

He retired early from practice and thereafter became even more active, representing the CMI at the IMO where he sat on the Legal Committee. Within the CMI he was involved with many projects for reforming international maritime law for the benefit of the shipping industry as a whole. He also joined the Institute of Maritime Law at that time, where he was active lecturing to generations of promising young lawyers and writing prolifically: he was a regular speaker at the annual IML Short Courses and a contributor to many IML books and publications. His gift for languages made him many friends in Greece and in francophone countries where his services were much in demand. Richard’s love for maritime law has been inspirational for his students from all over the world and indeed his colleagues at the Institute. His death is a great loss to the Institute and the industry as whole and he will be missed by all his friends and colleagues. His legacy will last for many years to come.

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