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Jo Pummery

Solicitor, Director

Jo joined Bartons in 2001 having gained experience working for major ship insurers and P&I Clubs with a niche Marine Law firm.

Jo is the Head of the Department and she deals with a broad range of marine related cases including crew and passenger personal injury and fatality claims, collisions, salvage and negligence claims on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. Jo also deals with marine insurance disputes with particular experience in mast and keel failures in racing yachts.  She is enthusiastic and committed to her clients, which include marine insurers, P&I Clubs, Mutual Clubs, shipowners, brokers, Harbour Authorities, fishing vessel owners and individual crew members.  Jo will consider undertaking cases on a Conditional Fee basis in unique circumstances.

In Chambers & Partners, she has been described as a notable practitioner: “Jo Pummery is praised for her “knowledge, professionalism and persistence”. She is ranked as a leading individual in Shipping in the South-West in the Legal 500 2024 for the tenth year running.  It is noted that she is “the full package, having the right combination of legal experience, professionalism and personality. She has a keen eye for the issues in a case which matter and I have yet to meet a client who did not feel confident in her ability to achieve the best result for them.”

Jo has completed one leg of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race from The Bahamas to Hawaii and is a PADI Open Water Diver.  In 2013, she qualified as an RYA accredited Day Skipper (shore based and practical) and in 2014 passed the RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore theory course.  Jo attended the 3 week Institute of Maritime Law’s 40th Maritime Law Short Course facilitated by Southampton University in 2013.  In the same year, she undertook specialist training to qualify her to serve as a commercial fisherman in the UK.

In 2022 Jo presented the MBL Work Accidents at Sea – An Introduction for Personal Injury Lawyers seminar.  She also regularly contributes articles for Fishing News publication.

Jo is a member of British Marine and sits on the Professional Services Association’s committee.

Get in touch…

Direct Tel: +44 (0)1752 675742

Email: jp@bartons.co.uk