Clyde & Co
Aviation & Yachts
John Leonida takes a practical approach to advising clients. ‘The important thing is to communicate that you share their passion for the sea, but to be brutally honest on the law, and brutally honest with the shortcomings. My reputation isn’t as the kind of lawyer who does the black-letter law. Sometimes the right decision is not to do something. I have said to clients before, “You ought not to buy a yacht.”’ The Deptford-born economist-turned-lawyer is very proud of his nautical heritage. As the grandson of a Greek fishing captain, he says, ‘the sea was in my DNA’ and recalls a happy childhood spent exploring maritime Greenwich. He also writes regularly for shipping publications.
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