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Sarah Taylor

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Trade and energy practice group.


Sarah specialises in international commodity trade and shipping. She assists clients with negotiation and dispute resolution relating to physical and derivative commodity transactions including coal, crude products and biofuel. She also advises on a wide range of shipping litigation and arbitration matters, including bills of lading, charterparties, ship sale and purchase, and newbuilding contracts.


Trained Holman Fenwick Willan 1995; qualified 1997; partner 2008.

London: Finance

Commodities: derivatives

Within: Commodities: derivatives

HFW has a bench of lawyers whose expertise covers both physical commodities and derivatives trades. Litigator Brian Perrott has more than 30 years' experience in disputes including those arising from commodity derivatives transactions. Sarah Taylor is highly experienced in both physical and derivative commodity contracts, particularly those relating to energy and metals, as well as handling contentious matters. Damian Honey advises commodity traders, producers, financiers and insurers on all aspects of their business, including disputes arising from energy and metals  derivatives trades. Adam Topping and Judith Prior  also have experience in derivatives. The firm counts trading houses Vitol and Trafigura among its clients, as well as large corporates including BP and ENI, and banks such as JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.

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Commodities: physicals

Within: Commodities: physicals

HFW is 'a very strong firm in physical commodities and it provides top-ranking expertise at a reasonable price'. Alistair Feeney is 'a solid lawyer who is not afraid to give an opinion and guidance rather than sitting on the fence'. He is a leading specialist in energy commodities, particularly crude oil, petroleum products, LNG and biomass. Last year, he acted for GarantiBank International in an $8m High Court claim against Drum Risk Management arising from a large-scale misappropriation of coal from storage facilities in Turkey. Brian Perrott is an experienced litigator with more than 30 years' experience. His highlights included acting for defendant Sinocore International in a $4.9m claim brought by RBRG in the High Court for the enforcement of an arbitral award relating to a contract for cold rolled steel coils. Damian Honey advises commodity traders, producers, financiers and insurers on all aspects of their business, including physical and financial sale and purchase agreements and disputes. He handled a $1.5m cargo contamination claim for Socar Trading. Sarah Taylor is also recommended for contentious matters, as is Judith Prior, who handled a $14m arbitration for the Sugar Association of London. Chris Swart is now based in Singapore.

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Trade finance

Within: Trade finance

HFW is 'a strong firm for physical commodities and is building a practice in trade finance'. Philip Prowse specialises in commodities trade finance and acts for lenders, borrowers, suppliers, producers, processors, distributors, insurers, logistics operators and end users. He leads the HFW Digital Trade Unit, which advises on the application of digital trade technologies. His recent work includes advising essDOCS, which provides electronic shipping solutions, on proposed revisions to the existing Databridge Services & Users Agreement, which sets out the legal framework for the use of electronic bills of lading and other electronic documentation in the context of paperless international trade. On the transactional side, he continued to act for leading commodity trading houses in high-value financing deals. Sarah Taylor handles international commodity trade and shipping matters, including disputes. Senior associate Jameel Tarmohamed  specialises in structured commodities trade finance.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

HFW 's London-based 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 was recently appointed to handle the sale by tender of a 30% interest in two major Indonesian mines for $1.3bn to an Indian electricity generation company, and to represent the captive insurers of an international mining company in property damage, increased working costs and business interruption claims brought by a joint venture with regards to severe weather conditions in Queensland where the operation of nine mines were affected. Other key contacts include Sarah Taylor , Haydn Dare and Giles Beale .

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