Thomas Cooper is pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners, Employment Specialist, Nick Humphreys, Corporate Law expert Sharon Fryer and Offshore specialist Steffen Pedersen

Nick Humphreys and Sharon Fryer have both joined the London office in our Employment and Corporate groups respectively. Nick Humphreys has wide employment law experience with a particular focus on Marine, Trade and Energy, acting for the travel sector, industrial conglomerates, hotels, media organisations and charities. His practice will cover document reviews, general employment advice, employment litigation (High Court and Employment Tribunal), industrial relations law advice for employers, advising on the employment law aspects of company sales and business transfers, private international law aspects of employment law and, advising on aviation and maritime employment law. Nick joins from Hill Dickinson where he was a partner.

Sharon Fryer is widely experienced in advising on all company law matters, including acquisitions and disposals of businesses and companies, investments by majority and minority stakeholders and management teams, and designing and implementing domestic and multinational corporate group structures. She also advises on corporate governance and compliance with directors’ statutory and fiduciary duties. Sharon speaks fluent French. She joins from PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal where she was a partner.

Steffen Pedersen joins our Singapore office as part of the Shipping and Energy team. His experience covers collisions, charterparties, cargo claims, construction contracts and financing projects. Steffen has handled both contentious and non-contentious cases with an emphasis on contentious work (arbitration, litigation and mediation) throughout the Far East and in London. Steffen has spent his entire career in Asia and has particular expertise in relation to China acting both for and against major Chinese yards, financing institutions and state-owned and private companies. He has developed a particular expertise in investigations and obtaining security against counterparties in the Far East and particularly China. Steffen speaks fluent Danish (mother tongue) and can also speak Mandarin and French.   He joins from Wikborg Rein, Singapore where he was a partner.

Senior partner Tim Kelleher commented: “We consistently review the market for opportunities to hire suitable specialists who bring additional opportunities and experience which will complement the firm’s development strategy. We identified Nick, Sharon and Steffen’s areas as ones which dovetail well with our practice and, in particular, our global strategy. This is a logical extension of the work we already undertake for clients and further expands our services. They are all high quality recruits with first class experience in their chosen fields and will all strengthen and complement our existing team very well.”

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About the contributors

  • Sharon Fryer Partner

    Sharon has broad experience of advising on all matters of company law and practice, including acquisitions and disposals of businesses and companies, investments by majority and minority stakeholders and management teams.

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  • Nick Humphreys Partner

    Nick has acted for numerous multi-national, publically listed corporations as well as public and third sector clients. His clients include travel sector clients, industrial conglomerates, hotels, media organisations, marine businesses and charities

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  • Steffen Pedersen Partner

    Steffen’s experience covers the full range of shipping & offshore matters, from collisions, to charters, cargo claims, construction contracts and financing projects. He has handled both contentious and non-contentious aspects.

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