Admiral of Humber Opens Shipping Law Office in Hull Following £650k Restoration
Thu, 16 April 2015
Shipping, transport and insurance firm Myton Law opened new waterfront offices overlooking Hull’s historic Victoria Pier on Wednesday, April 15. Riverside House dates back to 1824 and required £650K of restoration work.
In acknowledgment of the building’s long maritime history and Myton Law’s involvement in the shipping industry, the Admiral of the Humber, Lord Mayor Councillor Mary Glew, conducted the opening.
The role of Admiral of the Humber dates back to 1447 when it was established in a charter by King Henry VI. Hull is one of only three cities in the country still to hold such a title. In former days the admiralty court had jurisdiction over “all maisters of shippys, merchant men and maryneres with all other that do enjoye the Kynges streme with hooke nette or any other engine”.*
The restoration of Riverside House, a three storey, 4,841 square foot building, has been undertaken and funded by Myton Law. In total the law firm, which is Yorkshire’s only specialist shipping, transport and insurance practice, has invested £900,000 (including purchase and restoration) to create modern offices from a building which had been empty for ten years.
Myton Law is pleased to be remaining in Hull city centre. “We could have taken the easier option of purchasing a new-build out of town office unit,” says Myton director Scott Yates. “However, we wanted to be in the city and in a building we could relate to, one which would say something about us as a firm. We are proud to be in Hull serving regional, national and international clients and flying the flag for this city around the world. Hull has good prospects and its location on the Humber, the busiest inland waterway in the UK with the key ports of Hull, Grimsby, Immingham and Goole making up the country’s largest ports complex, means it’s a good place for our business.”
Riverside House is on Hull’s Humber riverfront, adjacent to the city’s Fruit Market, which is a key regeneration area within Hull’s City Plan.
Myton director John Habergham said, “We could see the regeneration plans for this area and want to be part of that. We are pleased, through the sympathetic restoration of this building, to have made a positive contribution to the future of this part of Hull’s riverfront.”
The Admiral of the Humber joined the Myton Law team and guests from the shipping, transport, logistics and insurance industries for the opening. She was invited to view an historic indenture document dated 1824 by which her predecessor, the then Mayor of Hull, and burgesses granted ‘Mast and Block maker’ William Westerdale a ‘feoffment of ground in Nelson Street Hull’ for a sum of ‘one thousand four hundred and twenty one pounds seventeen shillings and sixpence.’ The indenture will go on display in the reception.
“Riverside House now provides an excellent working environment fit for a progressive law firm,” says Myton Law director Iain Butterworth. “The construction team has done a sterling job. We now have the latest technology, plenty of space for expansion and the bonus of super river views.”
Now Myton Law is planning to expand its current team of nine to grow its shipping, transport, insurance and engineering strengths. The firm is also planning to expand further its corporate law services, which provide company and commercial support to clients in its specialist sectors.
Over the past two centuries Riverside House has served as offices for a merchant, as His Majesty’s Customs Watch House and as offices for the Hull Associated Tug Owners, the United Towing Company, the North British Maritime Group and the Anglo Soviet Shipping company.
It is located on Nelson Street, which runs along the north side of Hull’s Victoria Pier, with the street’s name having historical maritime origins – it was named in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson following the British naval victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.