We are pleased to welcome Mr Drewry Cooper, who joined our firm as a Partner on 1 May 2019. Please see below his short self-introducing letter:
“I am delighted to have recently joined Fortior Law in Geneva.
So far in my career, I have gained experience in maritime litigation whilst working at Hill Dickinson in London and in transactional maritime work (and a bit more litigation) whilst working for Lee Hong Degerman Kang & Waimey during my secondment to a shipyard in Seoul.
I have always been interested in business and start-ups and I spent the last few years in Barcelona learning about both, whilst studying for a masters in Digital Solutions Development at the University of Barcelona, and also maintaining my maritime practice.
I have been very lucky to find a law firm based in Geneva which shares my passion for both start-up culture and maritime law. Fortior Law is itself a start-up law firm, having been established in 2017. Moreover, I have been lucky to find a firm which shares my values when it comes to practicing law, which are:
Crown the customer: make sure that customer care is paramount.
Transparency in relation to billing and in particular, honest billing as opposed to the “padding” of hours which is an unfortunate feature of many firms.
Learn from others: use of the same techniques and technology in law that are used in other industries in order to provide better customer service and be more efficient.
Strive for efficiency above all else. View each service I provide as a product that should be continuously improved. I aim to do things quicker and more efficiently each time I do them, which is not what can be said about lawyers who are happy to charge by the hour for doing them at the same speed.
Visibility for clients: I aim to make what I am being paid to do by clients as visual for them as possible.
Vitaliy Kozachenko, Fortior’s founder, said he was “happy to have [me] join to reinforce Fortior Law’s shipping law practice, allowing Fortior Law to offer a full range of litigation, transactional, shipping and commodity services.”