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Paul Dean

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Shipping practice group.


Paul is London’s head of shipping at HFW. He specialises in marine and offshore, focusing mainly on charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, rig disputes, collisions, fire and explosion, salvage, general average, groundings, total loss, towage, seismic and limitation. Paul is also head of the personal injury practice. He regularly speaks at and chairs offshore vessel conferences and is on the BIMCO panel for their 'Using Supplytime' course. Experience gained working for an international group P&I club specialising in offshore vessels, enables Paul to combine practical understanding with the legal role and he is identified in the Legal Directories as one of the leading individuals in his fields. Paul was recently mentioned in the most recent edition of 'The Law Of Tug and Tow and Offshore Contracts' by Simon Rainey QC – 'It remains only for me to thank those who have played a role in this third edition... Paul Dean of Holman Fenwick Willan, one of the leading and busiest practitioners in the field of offshore contracts and with whom I have had the good fortune to work on some of the knottier problems of the various BIMCO forms, who very kindly read through and commented upon Chapters 4 and 5 on the “Towcon”, “Towhire” and “Supplytime” forms and gave me the benefit of his great experience and sagacity...'.


Trained Holman Fenwick Willan; qualified 1991; partner 2000. Publications include articles in ‘Lloyd’s List’ and ‘Thomas on Stowage’.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

HFW 's oil and gas outfit is led by litigator and experienced arbitrator Paul Dean and represents oil majors, independents and service companies at every stage of a project's life cycle. Also notable on the contentious side is Alistair Feeney who previously acted for BP. With regards to advisory work, clients can rely on Nick Hutton and Jayson Marks for corporate and commercial mandates such as M&A transactions, joint ventures, equity capital markets and farm-ins.

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London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Paul Dean - HFW

Within: Shipping

HFW is considered a ‘market leader for marine casualty work’, the team is praised for its ‘holistic approach’, 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 ‘quick, accurate and succinct advice, while always keeping in mind the underlying commercial issues’; Richard Neylon, who is ‘very smart, hardworking and very commercial’ 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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