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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4


HFW has an international network and broad sector expertise, including transport and logistics, aviation, technology, commodities and energy. As well as handling commercial contracts work, the firm specialises in niche areas, ranging from producing documentation for major port projects and dealing with outsourcing agreements for IT, to drafting freight management contracts for the international movement of goods for blue-chip retailers. The team is co-led by transactional commercial law expert Matthew Gore, who focuses on the ports, transport and logistics sectors; Craig Neame, who specialises in logistics; Anthony Woolich, who is head of the technology team and has experience in providing advice to hi-tech and industrial sector clients; and Alistair Mackie, who is known for his work relating to ports and terminals. Also notable is William MacLachlan, who was prompted to partner in 2019 and has particular experience in transactional shipping matters.

Practice head(s):Matthew Gore; Craig Neame; Anthony Woolich; Alistair Mackie

Other key lawyers:William MacLachlan

Key Clients


Kuwait Oil Company KSC

Marks & Spencer plc

Solent Stevedores



ARINC Inc. (now part of Rockwell Collins)


Gulf Agency Company (GAC)

Ineos Europe

Work highlights

  • Supporting Marks &Spencer with the contractual arrangements for its international supply chain.
  • Advising Solent Stevedores across a broad range of commercial legal matters.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6


HFW‚Äôs team members advise on a mix of EU law, competition and international trade under the leadership of co-head Anthony Woolich¬†and Brussels-based Pierre Fr√ľhling¬†. The group focuses on handling state aid-related matters in the area of EU law, with a particular focus on the energy sector.¬† Other sectors of expertise include infrastructure and mining, construction, retail, consumer goods, agriculture, financial services, sports, pharmaceuticals, and media. Another differentiating characteristic of the team in terms of cross-border work is its experience in Greece and Cyprus. Department co-head Costas Frangeskides¬†is a key contact for clients seeking assistance with contentious competition matters. Daniel Martin¬†is also noted.

Practice head(s):Anthony Woolich; Costas Frangeskides;

Other key lawyers:Daniel Martin

Key Clients

Crown Commercial Service

Republic of Cyprus

Maersk Group



Morgan Stanley

European Parliament

Ecom Agroindustrial Corporation

BW Group

UCL Company (Pty)

Work highlights

  • Advised a large UK power station on state aid matters valued at £800m.
  • Advising a large US-based energy corporation on competition law aspects concerning an exchange of information.
  • Assisting a Fortune 100 energy business with a wide range of competition issues relating to its entry into the UK market.
  • Advising a number of trade associations on competition law compliance issues.
  • Advised a leading magazine publisher on competition law aspects of an international retail franchise agreement.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 4


HFW's key recognised sector strengths are transport, energy and infrastructure, and insurance, within which the firm handles corporate M&A transactions. Work carried out by the London team invariably carries cross-border considerations, and the team is able to call on colleagues in Singapore, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong and Sydney, in particular. Furthermore, the firm recently opened an office in Abu Dhabi and formed  alliances with an energy firm in the US and Brazil-based CAL, adding further strength to its cross-border offering.  The London team is led by Nick Hutton, while the ports and terminals and infrastructure teams are headed by Alistair Mackie, who retains an important role in the firm's M&A capabilities.

Practice head(s):Nick Hutton

Other key lawyers:Alistair Mackie

Key Clients

APM Terminals

International Container Services Inc (ICTSI)

Regal Petroleum plc

WH Ireland Group plc

Miles Smith

Conti Group


Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Markerstudy Holdings Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the €535m sale of a 66% majority holding in Greek natural gas transmission system operator DESFA.
  • Advised Markerstudy as part of an auction process to acquire the Co-Operative Group Limited's carrier, CIS General Insurance Limited, for a successful bid of ca. £185m.
  • Advised management sellers of The Underwriting Exchange on their management buyout sale to private equity firm Pollen Street Capital.
  • Advised Livingbridge on its acquisition via a management buyout of insurance broker Coversure Insurance Services.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5


HFW advises on commercial litigation, cross-border fraud, insolvency, breach of contract claims, breach of fiduciary duties and asset tracing. Key practitioner Rick Brown has particular experience in offshore trust matters in the Caribbean and other jurisdictions. Former team head Noel Campbell relocated to the Hong Kong office.

Other key lawyers:Rick Brown

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6


HFW is widely respected for its expertise in energy, mining and transport-related disputes. The practice also regularly acts in litigation involving commodities, manufacturing, utilities, engineering, financial services and  international trade companies. Damian Honey represents clients in disputes in relation to commodities and freight-related matters; other highly regarded advisers are Simon Blows, Noel Campbell, Costas Frangeskides and Alistair Feeney.

Other key lawyers:Damian Honey; Simon Blows; Noel Campbell; Costas Frangeskides; Alistair Feeney

Leading individuals

Damian Honey - HFW

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Commodities disputes
Commodities disputes - ranked: tier 1


HFW is recognised as a strong player in the physical commodities market and handles the full spectrum of work concerning the international sale of goods, including soft commodities, oil and gas, coal and steel, and non-ferrous and precious metals. Among its clients are multinational energy and chemical companies, coal and metal traders, soft commodity trading houses, trade finance banks, governments and their agencies, brokers, insurers and trade associations. Practice head Alistair Feeney is a leading specialist in energy commodities, particularly crude oil, petroleum products, LNG and biomass. Brian Perrott has more than 30 years' experience in commodities, derivatives and shipping disputes. Damian Honey advises commodity traders, producers, financiers and insurers on physical and financial trading agreements and disputes. Sarah Taylor and Judith Prior are also recommended for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Alistair Feeney

Other key lawyers:Brian Perrott; Damian Honey; Sarah Taylor; Judith Prior

Leading individuals

Damian Honey - HFW

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5


HFW is best known for its international arbitration experience in relation to shipping and aviation, international trade, energy and commodities; other areas of strength include insurance and reinsurance, financial services and construction. The names to note are Damian Honey, Katie Pritchard, Alistair Feeney, Costas Frangeskides and Max Wieliczko.

Other key lawyers:Damian Honey; Katie Pritchard; Alistair Feeney; Costas Frangeskides; Max Wieliczko

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London: Finance

Trade finance
Leading individuals

Philip Prowse - HFW

Rising stars

Jameel Tarmohamed - HFW

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Transport finance & leasing
Transport finance & leasing - ranked: tier 4


Led by Elinor Dautlich, HFW's nine-partner team is primarily known for its 'high-calibre' shipping finance for banks and operators, which benefit not only from its 'vast subject matter knowledge' but also the team's ability to draw on the expertise of practitioners in key jurisdictions, including Singapore and Greece. The team continues to handle a significant amount of restructuring work in the sector, including its recent work for RBS as one of the creditors in the out-of-court restructuring of Danaos. Tony Rice was involved in the aforementioned deal and has vast shipping finance experience across both commercial debt financings, as well as ECA-supported mandates. Although the firm's aviation finance capability is better known out of the firm's Asian offices, including Singapore and Hong Kong, the London team, spearheaded by Adam Shire and senior associate Barbara Pansadoro, handles a significant volume of commercial, corporate and private jet financing work.

Practice head(s):Elinor Dautlich

Other key lawyers:Tony Rice; Jay Tooker; Adam Shire; Zohar Zik; Gudmund Bernitz; Barbara Pansadoro


'The team is very thorough and has a niche knowledge in aviation financing transactions'.

'Barbara Pansadoro is highly efficient, knowledgeable and assertive'.

Key Clients

D'Amico Tankers D.A.C., an operating subsidiary of d'Amico International Shipping (DIS)

The Royal Bank of Scotland

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ


El Al Israel Airlines

Güneş Eksoress Havacilik A.S. (SunExpress)

Maersk Link




Nordea Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken


ING Bank


Tsakos Energy Navigation


Türk Hava Yolları (Turkish Airlines)

Air Europa Líneas Aéreas

Work highlights

  • Represented D'Amico Tankers on its first ever JOLCO financing.
  • Represented RBS as one of the creditors in the out-of-court restructuring of Danaos Inc.
  • Acting for The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, as agent and arranger for a syndicate of three banks in connection with a term loan facility to refinance existing indebtedness in relation to shuttle tanker "TORILL KNUTSEN" owned by Knutsen Offshore Partners.
  • Acting for HSBC on behalf of itself and RBS and KfW on a German ECA-supported newbuilding financing which included refinancing under the German CIRR Ship Financing Programme.
  • Representing EL AL Israel Airlines on its first complicated JOLCO financing for Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
Leading individuals

Tony Rice - HFW

Rising stars

Barbara Pansadoro - HFW

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 2


With specific experience in reinsurance and professional negligence work, HFW covers a wide scope of matters relating to aviation, shipping, commodities and energy insurance. Christopher Cardona, who heads up the team, focuses on financial institutions and professional indemnity work, while Christopher Foster handles a broad range of matters, with the highly regarded Andrew Bandurka specialising in brokers and reinsurers liability claims. Jonathan Bruce and Nigel Wick frequently assist clients with marine and energy insurance and reinsurance matters.

Practice head(s):Christopher Cardona

Other key lawyers:Andrew Bandurka; Christopher Foster; Jonathan Bruce; Nigel Wick


'The team quickly identifies the crux of the case - they don't get bogged down in the detail, and are able to talk to their clients on the client's own level of legal understanding'

'HFW is comfortably the strongest, most consistently good aviation insurance defence firm in the London market. The strength and consistency also extends to its overseas offices putting HFW well ahead of the competition'

'Christopher Cardona is always calm, receptive and available at a minute's notice'

'Andrew Bandurka is a star lawyer who has an impressive experience of complex insurance coverage claims. He offered us an inventive and smart service and well understood from the start that litigation will be a lose-lose situation for both sides'

Work highlights

  • Representing a major insurer in pursuing long tail legacy claims against various international reinsurers.
  • Acting for insurers on major coverage matters including abuse and in relation to the Salisbury poisoning incident.
  • Advising an insurer on potential negligence by a broker for failing to increase the insurance period, leading to a shortfall of $15m in collected reinsurances.
  • Instructed to provide coverage advice to the underwriters of a personal accident insurance policy for a major national sporting institution in connection with a threatened claim.
  • Advising a reinsurance company in respect of an inwards reinsurance claim by a Middle Eastern insurance company relating to a facultative reinsurance of a Middle East construction bond.
Leading individuals

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Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 3


While regularly advising insurers and captive insurers, HFW also acts for prominent policyholders such as energy corporates, oil and gas companies, manufacturers and construction companies. Christopher Cardona, who leads the team, is regularly involved in cross-border work for financial institutions, particularly in relation to Latin America. Jonathan Bruce specialises in marine and energy insurance and Nigel Wick has broad expertise.

Practice head(s):Christopher Cardona

Other key lawyers:Nigel Wick; Jonathan Bruce

Work highlights

  • Advising a client in a coverage dispute under a property damage and business interruption insurance policy.
  • Acting for the owner of an aluminium smelter following a 'tapping out' incident and consequent business interruption.
  • Acting for the owner of an hydro project and dam in relation to coverage claim following diversion tunnel collapse.
  • Acting for a Peruvian utility company in a dispute with insurers following the structural failure of a penstock shaft at a hydroelectric power plant.
  • Acting for the captive insurer of a major petroleum company in relation to two large losses on platforms off Mexico.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 4


HFW has a broad offering and longstanding sector expertise, including a strong Lloyd's market practice and expertise in insurance regulatory matters. Key members of the team include Richard Spiller, who deals with acquisitions, risk transfers and restructurings, policy wordings and run-offs; Ashwani Kochhar, who focuses on non-contentious matters, including insurance M&A and corporate finance; and Carol-Ann Burton, who returned to the firm as a partner in 2018 after two years  at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Senior associate William Reddie has a particular focus on innovative insurtech products.

Other key lawyers:Richard Spiller; Ashwani Kochhar; Carol-Ann Burton

Key Clients

Markerstudy Group

Miles Smith Holdings Limited

HIPCC Limited

ILS Investment Management Limited/Armour Group


Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC)

Asta Managing Agency Limited

Barents Re

The Pallet Network Group Limited

Helodrium Limited and its network of international brokers


Navigators International

Partner Re

Occam Underwriting Ltd (previously Sciemus Ltd)

Zurich Insurance Company


Work highlights

  • Advised Markerstudy on its acquisition of the Co-Operative Group Limited's carrier, CIS General Insurance Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of Miles Smith Holdings Limited on the sale of a majority shareholding to funds managed by Pollen Street Capital.
  • Advised the management sellers of the TUE Companies on their MBO sale to private equity firm Pollen Street Capital.
  • Advised private equity firm Livingbridge on insurance and regulatory matters in relation to the acquisition by MBO of one of the UK’s leading independent insurance brokers, Coversure Insurance Services Group.
  • Advised The Pallet Network on its £52.8m sale to Eddie Stobart Logistics plc by mid-market private equity firm LDC.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3


HFW is regularly instructed on high-value, complex claims involving a range of professionals, including accountants, auditors, insurance and other brokers, insolvency practitioners, financial intermediaries and institutions, surveyors, architects, engineers and lawyers. Negligence cases relating to marine surveyors and marine salvage work are also a key specialism of the team. It is regularly engaged on cross-border instructions and acts for claimants and defendants. Key work included representing Sterling Developments (London) on a claim against its former legal representatives that it failed to adequately advise in connection with an underlying claim concerning the mis-selling of an interest rate hedging product.

Practice head(s):Christopher Cardona; Andrew Bandurka

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Bruce; Christopher Foster; Costas Frangeskides; Adam Strong; Nicola Vickers; Rupert Warren; Alison Tasker; Ciara Jackson; Lizzie Gray

Work highlights

  • Defended a firm of structural engineers in relation to a claim arising from its structural design for a timber frame building.
  • The team is instructed by a Colombian reinsurance broker in respect of a claim against it regarding alleged professional negligence.
  • The team is representing a former joint administrator in misfeasance proceedings brought by the liquidators of a group of companies.
  • The team is involved in a multi-party litigation, defending a roofing contractor against allegations of defective firestopping that apparently allowed the spread of a fire that destroyed a large part of a residential development.
  • Instructed to provide coverage advice to the insurers of an excess professional indemnity insurance policy, in connection with underlying claims against the insured property consultancy, arising out of its failure to meet the deadlines for submitting several thousand business ratings appeals for various clients across the UK.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3


HFW's mining offering is jointly led by Nick Hutton and Brian Gordon, who splits his time between Singapore and London as head of the global practice. The group has extensive experience in the development of greenfield mining projects, from the acquisition of mining and surface rights, through the construction of mine infrastructure, to the drafting of operating and off-take contracts. In recent highlights, the team advised a listed mining group on its sale by tender of a 30% interest in two major Indonesian mines for $1.3bn to a major Indian electricity generation company, and represented a London-based consortium on a large scale mining project in Northern Angola.

Practice head(s):Nick Hutton; Brian Gordon

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4


HFW is particularly active in the UK offshore wind sector; the firm's construction team regularly represents a variety of industry players across the full range of their project lifecycles, from procurement to construction. The firm's offering also includes significant dispute resolution and international arbitration capabilities. Richard Booth was recently promoted to partner within the construction space.

Practice head(s):Max Wieliczko

Other key lawyers:Richard Booth

Key Clients

HOCHTIEF Solutions AG and HOCHTIEF (UK) Construction Limited

Kuwait Oil Company KSC

VolkerWessels Group (including VolkerFitzpatrick; VolkerInfra; Volker CI; VolkerHighways; VolkerStevin; VolkerRail)

Visser & Smit Hanab b.v.

Clugston Construction Limited

Julius Berger Nigeria plc

Hurley Palmer Flatt

Singapore Airlines Limited

Buro Four Project Services

Work highlights

  • Advising a large French electric utility company developing a new hydro power plant in South America alongside a local developer.
  • Retained by an international EPC contractor to advise on the terms of an EPC contract for the export cable installation for a major Round 3 offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
  • Instructed by a major European EPC contractor to negotiate and draft the EPC Contract for the array cable package for this round 3 wind farm off the coast of Scotland.
  • Advising Clugston Construction Limited on the construction of a number of Energy-from-Waste Projects in the UK.
  • Retained by VolkerTrenchless Solutions to advise on a number of contracts for HDD projects, including the HDD tunnelling required for the landing of the IFA2 interconnector cable on UK shores.
Next Generation Partners

Richard Booth - HFW

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London: Real estate

Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3


HFW's contentious construction team primarily focuses on international arbitration, as well as matters relating to offshore construction and infrastructure. The practice is led by the 'stand out' Max Wieliczko who is experienced in the oil and gas, roads, energy to waste, renewables and urban development sectors. Michael Sergeant leads on much of the firm's key work, including a range of international matters. Ben Mellors has a track record of solving engineering disputes, as well as matters in the transport, infrastructure and power sectors.

Practice head(s):Max Wieliczko

Other key lawyers:Michael Sergeant; Ben Mellors


'HFW are particularly strong in process engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering and facilities management.'

'HFW does big ticket work for some of the key industry contractors.'

'Max Wieliczko is the stand out partner; he has the energy and drive to produce results, along with the knowledge of construction and construction law to approach any issues in an effective way.'

'Katherine Doran has a good understanding of both construction and business allowing her to provide an overall approach, rather than simply the application of the law.'

'Ben Mellors has a good knowledge of industry - FIDIC forms expertise especially.'

Key Clients

Kuwait Oil Company

Posco Plantec

Hurley Palmer Flatt

Clugston Construction

Boskalis International BV & Boskalis Subsea

Buro Four Project Services

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4


HFW's non-contentious team acts for an international client base on projects including power, ports and terminals, rail and tunnels. The team is headed up by Max Wieliczko who was lead partner advising Clugston Construction in relation to the construction of several energy to waste projects in the UK. The 'innovative' Richard Booth is another notable name within the team with a focus on renewables including offshore wind and solar as well as transport work. He leads the firm's work for a number of major clients, including advising solar energy company Belectric on an EPC contract for the design, procurement and construction of a solar plant in Jordan.

Practice head(s):Max Wieliczko

Other key lawyers:Richard Booth


'Richard Booth is very approachable; he has a good legal brain and is an innovative thinker with a commercial acumen.'

Key Clients

Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.

VolkerWessels Group

Work highlights

  • Retained by a major Korean shipbuilding contractor to review and report on the proposed terms of the EPCI contract for a new floating production storage and offloading unit.
  • Acting for Clugston Construction Limited in relation to the construction of a number of energy from waste projects in the UK.
  • Advised VolkerRail on the negotiation of its subcontract for the signalling upgrade work forming part of the London Underground.
  • Advised VolkerTrenchlessSolutions on a number of contracts for HDD projects, including the tunnelling required for the landing of the IFA2 interconnector cable on UK shores.
  • Acted for Belectric Gulf on the negotiation and agreement of the EPC contract for the design, procurement and construction of a solar power plant in Jordan.

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London: Transport

Aviation - ranked: tier 1


HFW's aerospace department is regularly engaged on complex aviation disputes and its expertise spans major losses and liability-related mandates. It is also experienced in regulatory and competition matters in the aviation sector. Key instructions include advising King Power International Co, and its aviation insurers, on all liability aspects of the fatal helicopter crash near Leicester City Football Club in 2018. Global aerospace head Giles Kavanagh is instructed by insurers, airlines and manufacturers; Nicholas Hughes is an 'aviation expert' and Sue Barham handles regulatory and disputes work in the sector. While Zohar Zik is experienced in finance and leasing transactions, he is also active on regulatory matters. Senior associate Mark Waters is experienced in products disputes. The team is commended for its ability to utilise its global footprint to advise on cross-border instructions.

Practice head(s):Giles Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Hughes; Edward Spencer; Sue Barham; Mark Waters; Barbara Pansadoro


The firm has a very capable aviation team.

It has strong knowledge and a fantastic team of specialist lawyers.


Key Clients

King Power International Co

Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co (TMNF)

El Al Israel Airlines

Güneş Ekspress Havacılık A.Ş. (SunExpress)

Türk Hava Yolları (Turkish Airlines),

Air Europa Líneas Aéreas, S.A.U.

Work highlights

  • The team is representing Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co (TMNF) and Nippon Cargo Airline on a significant claim against Parc Aviation for damage to aircraft engines before the Commercial Court in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Instructed to act on behalf of King Power and its aviation insurers to advise in relation to all liability aspects that may arise out of the tragic incident which includes multi-jurisdictional advice across Asia and the UK.
  • Assisted El Al on the Japanese Operating Lease with Call Option (JOLCO) transaction in respect of one Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
Leading individuals

Nicholas Hughes - HFW

Sue Barham - HFW

Next Generation Partners

Zohar Zik - HFW

Rising stars

Barbara Pansadoro - HFW

Mark Waters - HFW

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Shipping - ranked: tier 1


The 'impressive' offering at HFW has an 'outstanding shipping practice'. Clients consistently praise its global reach; it is a 'well-known and perfectly connected firm that provides excellent and professional services'. Its broad expertise spans the gamut of wet and dry work and it is commended for its leading sanctions regulatory practice. Commercial, logistics, marine insurance, piracy, offshore, cyber and technology work are key areas of focus, and the firm offers specialists across the yacht and cruise sectors. Richard Neylon, who is noted for his crisis response work, is instructed by Maersk Line and Salalah Port Services on losses, damage and liabilities arising from Cyclone Mekunu, which made landfall at the Salalah Container Terminal, Oman on May 25 2018. Elsewhere, Jim Cashman handles contentious work; Paul Dean is noted for his offshore expertise; Rory Butler handles dry and admiralty matters; head of regulatory shipping Daniel Martin is a sanctions expert; Alex Kemp and senior associate Michael Ritter handle casualty response work; and Andrew Chamberlain is head of admiralty and crisis management. Global head of shipping Craig Neame handles contentious and insurance work and is also noted for his transactional and regulatory expertise. Matt Illingworth has joined Wikborg Rein.

Practice head(s):Craig Neame; Tony Rice; Daniel Martin; Andrew Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:Paul Dean; Rory Butler; Jim Cashman; Elinor Dautlich; Stephen Drury; Dominic Johnson; Alex Kemp; Jean Koh; Richard Mabane; Daniel Martin; David Morriss; Jonathan Webb; Mike Ritter; Richard Neylon


'It is a market-leading practice.'

'The team provides excellent legal analysis.'

Richard Neylon  always provides an exceptional service; he provides deeply considered tactics and is hardworking.'

'The team is knowledgeable and tries to take a commercial approach.'

'The team is very professional, highly accessible and impressively efficient.'

Resources are very well-used.

Rory Butler advises in a timely and in a very professional manner.'

Rory Butler has an extraordinary ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses to arrive at the best possible outcome.'

Key Clients

Steamship Mutual/NITC

A large and well known charterer based in the Far East

One of the three major shipping companies in Tokyo, Japan

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Tokyo, the Japan Ship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association

Maersk Line, Copenhagen/Salalah Port Services, Oman

Shoei Kisen Kaisha/Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire/Standard Club Asia

Maersk Line, Copenhagen/Salalah Port Services, Oman

Shoei Kisen Kaisha/Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire/Standard Club Asia

Major New York Listed Offshore Group

Work highlights

  • Working cross-office, the team is advising Steamship Mutual / NITC on a major casualty in China, Korea and Japan.
  • It represented a large and well-known charterer based in the Far East on an arbitration examining the legal effect of a term in fixture recap, providing the contract was subject to the approval of a third party.
  • The team is advising one of the three major shipping companies in Tokyo, Japan on a high-profile grounding of a vessel off Sweden, which led to oil pollution.
  • It is advising Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Tokyo, the Japan Ship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association after a boiler explosion in the engine room of the MV Manhattan Bridge, which resulted in loss of life and serious injuries.
  • It is advising Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire and Standard Club Asia on a total loss caused by a catastrophic fire and explosion on a major car carrier, 600 miles off Hawaii on December 31 2018, which resulted in loss of life.
Leading individuals

Craig Neame - HFW

Jim Cashman - HFW

Paul Dean - HFW

Rory Butler - HFW

Next Generation Partners

Alex Kemp - HFW

Rising stars

Michael Ritter - HFW

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Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 1


HFW's multidisciplinary offering stands out for its leisure, aviation and cruise sector expertise. It is instructed by airlines, cruise lines, ferry companies, holiday companies, tour operators, industry bodies and insurers, and it handles a raft of regulatory, disputes and commercial work. Health and safety issues, crisis management, IT, IP and data protection work are also key focuses. Consultant Sue Barham handles regulatory and disputes for travel sector clients and is noted for her expertise across EU consumer, travel and passenger regulation. Recently promoted partner William MacLachlan has experience in advising clients across the commercial shipping, cruise, ferry and yachting sectors.


'The team's extensive international network is very useful.'

Leading individuals

Sue Barham - HFW

Next Generation Partners

William MacLachlan - HFW

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  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.