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Elinor Dautlich

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Shipping practice group.


Partner practising in corporate and commercial law and asset finance. She has wide experience of commercial shipping matters and, in particular, shipbuilding. Elinor has specialist interests in yachts and corporate jets.


Trained Holman Fenwick Willan; qualified 1996; partner 2004.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

HFW is noted for its strengths in high-risk, long-term supply, distribution and joint venture agreements; the work in this space spans sectors such as aviation, heavy industry and engineering, transport and logistics, energy and insurance. The firm is also highly active in the ports and terminals sector, and is at the forefront of the advice to clients on large port projects. Legal director Catherine Emsellem-Rope (whose areas of expertise include energy, logistics, and ports and terminals) has particular experience of drafting and negotiating high-value frame agreements for transportation and warehousing services. The firm also generates work from clients in other sectors and is particularly sought-after for advice on commercial contracts with a cross-border component. Matthew Gore, Rope and others assist Marks & Spencer with formalising contractual relationships with its UK and international supply chain service providers, as well as fine tuning existing template contracts to ensure continuity in the supply of goods. Anthony Woolich, who heads up the technology and communications team, is knowledgeable about software and outsourcing agreements, public procurement, data protection and intellectual property. Senior associate William MacLachlan is a shipping sector expert, and is knowledgeable about shipbuilding contracts, ship repair contracts, and ship sales and purchases. Practice head Alistair Mackie, Craig Neame, Elinor Dautlich and Alistair Feeney are other recommended individuals in the group.

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing

Within: Asset finance and leasing

Leveraging the firm‚Äôs longstanding maritime sector focus,¬†HFW¬†has a strong offering out of London on behalf of banks and shipowners, in particular. The 'excellent'¬†Tony Rice¬†is regularly involved in the most significant matters handled by the team including his recent advice to the banks including HSBC on the¬†‚ā¨295m loan to a subsidiary of Saga plc to assist in financing the acquisition of a passenger cruise vessel. Rice also acted for Eships on a $30m¬† Shari'ah compliant financing of two Korean built Medium Range product tankers. Adam Shire¬†is also a key practitioner within the team and recently represented Investec Bank restructuring of a fleet financing of six offshore support vessels. Jay Tooker¬†specialises in yacht and super yacht financings and is also a key member of the firm's transactional shipping team that also includes Elinor Dautlich. 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 handles a significant volume of corporate and private jet financing work where Shire and senior associate¬†Barbara Pansadoro¬†are key contacts. Other clients include DVB Bank, Nordea Bank and Turkish Airlines.

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London: Transport


Within: Shipping

HFW¬†is considered a ‚Äėmarket leader for marine casualty work‚Äô, the team is praised for its ‚Äėholistic approach‚Äô, and it is active across a range of commercial, logistics, marine insurance, collisions, losses, piracy, regulatory, cyber and technology mandates, and is also noted for its yacht experience. Highlights include acting for PAO Sovcomflot in a case brought against PDVSA in relation to hire claims and other sums due under charterparties for the carriage of various oil products. It also represents Lomar Shipping and its insurers in relation to the 2017 grounding and actual total loss of a container ship on her maiden voyage on a coral reef off Noumea, New Caledonia and is representing Evalend Shipping & Trading and its insurers on the seizure of product tanker and her entire crew by the Libyan authorities.¬†Craig Neame¬†is the global head of the shipping practice and an expert on container shipping and terminal matters. Sanctions expert Daniel Martin¬†heads the regulatory shipping team.¬†Andrew Chamberlain¬†handles collisions, groundings, catastrophes and salvage and heads the admiralty and crisis management team. Other key figures include¬†Paul Dean, who¬†is noted for offshore work; George Eddings, who¬†provides ‚Äėquick, accurate and succinct advice, while always keeping in mind the underlying commercial issues‚Äô; Richard Neylon, who¬†is ‚Äėvery smart, hardworking and very commercial‚Äô and handles wet and dry disputes; Elinor Dautlich, who¬†advises on shipping contracts; Matt Illingworth, who handles disputes; Jonathan Webb, who¬†is noted for his experience in dry work; and Richard Mabane, who¬†specialises in shipping litigation. David Morriss, Rory Butler¬†and Jean Koh¬†are also recommended, as are recently promoted partner Alex Kemp, consultants¬†James Gosling¬†and Hugh Livingstone,¬†Jim Cashman,¬†and senior associates Emilie Bokor-Ingram¬†and¬†Sally Buckley¬†. ¬†

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Within: Travel

HFW¬†‚Äôs ‚Äėquality‚Äô multidisciplinary department regularly acts for airlines, cruise lines, ferry companies, hotel companies, package holiday companies, ports and terminals operators, insurers, financiers and travel industry bodies; it particularly stands out for its regulatory and commercial expertise in the aviation and cruise sectors. Virgin Atlantic, Oman Air, Air New Zealand, Gulf Air, Qantas, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Thomas Cook Airlines, Singapore Airlines, US Airways Club M√©diterran√©e (UK) and Meyer Werft are clients; ¬†and the team acts for numerous airlines on flight delay and cancellation claims. Anthony Woolich¬†regularly handles regulatory, IP and data handling issues; Giles Kavanagh¬†is noted for regulatory disputes and leads the firm‚Äôs global aerospace team; and consultant Sue Barham¬†is an aviation regulatory expert. Senior associates Claire Womersley; William MacLachlan, who handles transactional matters and is experienced in the cruise sector; and Gudmund Bernitz, who handles finance matters, are also recommended. Elinor Dautlich¬†and Zohar Zik¬†head the cruise, travel and leisure team. Christopher Smith¬†¬†has joined¬†The Air Law Firm LLP¬† and¬†Rory Gogarty has retired.

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