Ioanna Vitta


Emergency Response


Ioanna focuses on the fields of maritime and international trade and commerce.

Ioanna specialises in shipping litigation handling issues arising under charterparty and bill of lading problems, cargo claims to casualties. Ioanna also advises on marine insurance disputes, shipbuilding, sale and purchase disputes and is actively involved in arbitration.  She is also a member of our Emergency Response team.

Ioanna has been highlighted in Chambers Europe who have commented that “her dedication to the industry and ability to get results are why she has a great reputation…” She is also rated among market sources for her “diligence, experience and spot-on advice”.

Work Highlights

  • Transgrain Shipping BV -v- Deuilemar  Shipping Spa (in liquidation) and Eleni Shipping Ltd [2014] EWHC 4202 (Comm) – competing and conflicting arbitration clauses
  • MSC LUGANO – Ship fire off Fremantle Australia
  • GOOD LUCK – Salvage at Singapore.


Ioanna joined Thomas Cooper in 2002 when she was admitted as an English solicitor. Ioanna became a partner in 2009.  Prior to joining Thomas Cooper, she worked in-house for shipping companies as well as the Maritime and Transports’ Division of the European Parliament in Brussels and Luxembourg.  Ioanna is also a qualified Greek lawyer (1991).

Ioanna read law at the University of Athens and obtained a Master’s degree in Shipping Law (Admiralty, Marine insurance, Carriage of goods by sea) from the Southampton University. Ioanna is a member of the Athens Bar Association and speaks fluent French and Greek.

Ioanna is a member of The Law Society of England and Wales, the Athens Bar Association and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

Ioanna Vitta is "very knowledgeable and quick to respond," as well as "experienced and commercial."
Chambers Global, 2019
Ioanna Vitta highlighted as being "very experienced, hardworking and intelligent."
Legal 500, 2018
Ioanna Vitta highlighted for her "excellent shipping background and tries her best to find a solution for the client. She is very hard-working, intelligent and commercial." 
Chambers & Partners, Global 2018
Market commentators highlight Ioanna Vitta as a "thorough and commercially oriented" lawyer with experience of working for charterers and their insurers on contentious claims. Vitta also acts for shipyards on contractual disputes.  
2017 Chambers Global
Greek and UK-qualified Ioanna Vitta is an active litigator who has experience in disputes related to marine insurance, shipbuilding and cargo as well as sale and purchase issues. Clients say: “She is able to deal with complicated matters with confidence, and she is keen to explore all available viable options to protect her clients.”    
Legal 500, 2016
Ioanna Vitta is ‘very flexible and client-oriented’
Legal 500 EMEA, 2016
...Ioanna's experience from working in-house means she can combine different viewpoints on a case and find the best possible way to serve the client...
Chambers Europe, 2014