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The firm: HFW is a sector-focused international law firm. It has over 450 lawyers working across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, and its team has strong expertise and sound knowledge of the sectors that it works in.

Whether the firm is solving complex issues within the construction, aviation or shipping industries, or providing advice across insurance, commodities and energy, the firm has specialist lawyers who understand their clients. HFW thinks about the commercial solution first, and then underpins its advice with a solid foundation of legal expertise.

Areas of practice: The firm's Sydney office opened in 2009 and is staffed by nine partners and associated lawyers with extensive regional and international experience across the firm's core sectors. The core work types include:

Aviation: advising airlines, banks, manufacturers, support providers, owners, operators, freight forwarders and insurers on issues including regulatory and competition, operations, claims and liability disputes, and the financing and structuring of transactions.

Construction: the practice covers contentious and non-contentious work for both suppliers and purchasers. Clients range from main contractors, governmental bodies and developers, to subcontractors and suppliers.

Commodities: the firm acts on soft commodities, oil and gas, coal and steel, and non-ferrous and precious metals. Clients include energy and chemical companies, coal and metal traders, commodity trading houses, trade finance banks, brokers, insurers and trade associations.

Energy: HFW has expertise across the entire energy lifecycle - ranging from exploration and production, storage and transportation, LNG, refining, trading and sale of oil and gas, to electricity generation, energy management, renewables and carbon trading.

Insurance and reinsurance: the firm provides a wide range of crisis response, dispute resolution, transactional and regulatory services to clients that include insurers, captives, intermediaries, and run-off service providers.

Shipping: it advises across all areas of shipping, including wet, dry, regulatory, piracy, offshore, marine insurance, finance as well as on all forms of shipping contracts, transport-related disputes and corporate matters.

  • Number of lawyers at this office: 21
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • Indonesian
  • Mandarin

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