HFW > London, England > Firm Profile


Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes Tier 1

HFW ‘is unique in combining sector expertise with deep knowledge and understanding of litigation and arbitration procedure‘. ‘You can rest assured that every issue and matter is handled perfectly‘, remarks one client. The firm represents some of the world’s largest energy and commodity trading companies and banks. The London team, led by Alistair Feeney, who ‘never fails to give prompt, clear and relevant advice‘, works closely with specialists in key trading centres such as Paris, Geneva and Dubai. Standout partner Brian Perrott ‘has a highly commercial mind-set‘. The ‘extremely hands-on, intelligent and efficientDamian Honey advises commodity traders, producers, financiers and insurers on all aspects of their business, including in physical and financial sales and purchases, and disputes. Judith Prior ‘has an abundant knowledge of applicable law and trade practices which she applies very well in her advisory work‘. The firm has a deep bench of associates, among them Michael Buffham and Stephanie Morton, who handle both contentious and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Feeney


‘Judith Prior has an abundant knowledge of applicable law and trade practices which she applies very well in her advisory work. At the same time, she also takes into account the commercial aspects of the matter.’

‘The Commodities Disputes practice at HFW is unique in combining sector expertise (in commodity trading, shipping, shipbuilding and related disputes) with deep knowledge and understanding of litigation and arbitration procedure.’

‘Alistair Feeney is a true commodity disputes expert. He is intelligent and understands what makes my company tick. I can discuss any dispute or potential dispute with Alistair and he never fails to give prompt, clear and relevant advice.’

‘The people that we deal with in commodities team at HFW are impressive.’

‘Damian Honey is an extremely hands-on, intelligent and efficient.’

‘HFW has a top qualified team that covers every aspect of legal advice possible; they are highly client orientated and enable the clients to base their decisions on profound legal recommendation however HFW always have a strong understanding for commercial decisions.’

‘HFW uses a broad network of own subsidiaries and partner law firms; the team of HFW is available nearly 24/7, works together with you as a team if issues arise and you can rest assured that every issue and matter is handled perfectly.’

‘Brian Perrott stands out: he has a high commercial mind-set in comparison to a over the top knowledge of international trading law and litigation; it is always a pleasure to work with Brian.’

Key clients

BP Oil International Limited


ADNOC Trading

ADNOC Global Trading




Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

Louis Dreyfus

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for BP Oil International Limited in a $12m claim in the Commercial Court in London against Glencore Energy UK Limited.
  • Acting for Hartree in respect of a dispute that has arisen out of a long-term storage agreement that Hartree concluded with Eurotank Amsterdam B.V.

Transport > Aviation Tier 1

HFW offers aviation advice across a range of areas including handling insurance, insolvency, commercial litigation, financing and leasing, commercial contract and regulatory mandates. The practice has a broad client base consisting of flag-carrying airlines, manufacturers, airfield service providers, leasing companies and smaller operators. The firm continues to diversify its offering beyond claims work for aviation insurers to advise on the restructuring of lease transactions and act in high-value disputes. Giles Kavanagh heads up the global aerospace team and Edward Spencer is excellent in aviation insurance and commercial litigation. Zohar Zik has expertise in financing mandates, while Paul Woodley is experienced in insurance work. Associates Mark Waters and Barbara Pansadoro handle regulatory and commercial aviation matters.

Practice head(s):

Giles Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:


‘HFW are clearly experts within the aviation field. I felt assured from the beginning of my relationship with them that they have a wealth of experience in dealing with complicated legal issues within this field. I am extremely grateful to have been recommended this practice.’

‘My relationship with HFW was primarily through Edward Spencer and Victoria Cooper, both of whom were exceptional in every aspect.’

‘Paul Woodley is extremely approachable and very responsive to our needs, very thorough and has a wide range of knowledge right across the world.’

‘HFW provides solid support for every legal challenge we have faced with its internal expert attorneys in areas of relevance, and connects us with other attorneys if unable to handle based on jurisdiction. The attorneys are client-focused and communicate analysis and solutions in a business-like manner rather than in a legally-technical or academic manner which would be of no use to us.’

‘I have worked closely over the past few years with Zohar Zik on our aircraft and engine related matters. Zohar is an extremely personable individual who captures the gravity and depth of our issues quickly and provides both legal and strategic advice in a timely manner to address unreasonable lessor demands, difficult lessors and complicated situations. Zohar’s attention to our matters is consistently timely and thorough until we are of the view that the issue is resolved and closed.’

‘Considerable expertise across the aviation sector, allied with strength in depth makes HFW a leader in the field. HFW provides an outstanding service to its clients, and secures for them effective outcomes. Its international presence allows it a global role in a global sector.’

‘Rebecca Quayle is very experienced in aviation, she is very commercial, responsive and technically excellent.’

Key clients

Yuntian 10 Leasing Company Designated Activity Company


Iceland Air

Edward Dewhurst Limited

Confidentia Limited

Fly Jamaica


Booker Flying Club

Caribbean Airlines

Gulf Air

Work highlights

  • Represented Fly Jamaica Airways in a multi-jurisdictional, high-profile case.
  • Represented Yuntian 10 Leasing Company Designated Activity Company in English High Court proceedings in a claim against an aircraft lessee and guarantor for a substantial amount of unpaid rent for a B787 aircraft.
  • Acted for Goshawk Aviation Ltd in claims brought by several of its lessor entities in the English Commercial Court.

Transport > Shipping Tier 1

‘A firm with a distinguished and continuing pedigree in shipping law not just in the UK but worldwide’, HFW continues to be involved in market-leading maritime cases. Praised for its ‘breadth of expertise within the different sub-specialties of shipping’, the firm’s strengths stretch across the full spectrum of wet and dry admiralty, including green shipping, and cybersecurity work. Paul Dean presides over the practice as global head of shipping and is particularly well versed on the topic of autonomous vessels. Andrew Chamberlain focuses on wet matters, while Jean Koh advises clients on all aspects regarding dry shipping. Regulatory expert Daniel Martin, alongside Jim Cashman, Elinor DautlichCraig Neame, and Alex Kemp, are also noted for their know-how in maritime law. Claire Womersley and Richard Neylon specialise in crisis management regarding shipping incidents. Contractual disputes, major fires as well as explosions and groundings are handled by Paolo Ghirardani, and Rory Butler advises clients on a range of shipping and trade issues. Casualties are an area of focus for Michael Ritter, while senior associate Jenny Salmon specialises in maritime insurance with a particular focus on coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Dean; Andrew Chamberlain; Elinor Dautlich; Jean Koh; Daniel Martin; Adam Shire


‘HFW is an amazing law firm. They are always updating their customers about the latest legislation.’

‘The HFW team provide a down to earth approach to supporting their clients. Their technical understanding of the issues faced by clients means that the client and HFW are quickly on the same page leading to a rapid assessment of the issue and strategy development. They also provide advice in easy to understand language which is not bound in legalese.’

‘Team of highly qualified professionals with valuable experience.’

‘Alessio Sbraga is very experienced in all charter party matters. Very good knowledge of all new carbon-related regulations.’

‘HFW have a huge presence in shipping and are well resourced for the large, complex cases.’

‘This practice has a wealth of experience and great coverage in all shipping matters. Their multidiscipline teams are capable to support clients across commercial, technical and regulatory.’

‘Elinor Dautlich is very experienced and easy to work with.’

‘Unique experience and expertise in the field. They have been market leaders for some significant time.’

Key clients

Houlder Ltd

SMIT Salvage BV

Luster Maritime SA

Higaki Sangyo Kaisha Ltd

UK P&I Club

Navig8 Chemicals Pool Inc

UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)

Maersk A/S

Gard P&I

Herculito Maritime Ltd and others

SMIT Salvage Pte-Ltd


Work highlights

  • Advised Luster Maritime SA, Higaki Sangyo Kaisha Ltd and the UK P&I Club on the grounding of the “EVER GIVEN” in the Suez Canal in March 2021.
  • Acting as part of the consortium led by Houlder Ltd and working with the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency in relation to the safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of remotely operated or autonomous vessels (also known as MASS) over 24m in length.
  • Advised clients Maersk A/S and Gard P&I following an international trading company being defrauded by Turkish organised crime.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 2

Christopher Foster leads a team of ‘renowned specialists in insurance and reinsurance’ at HFW, which is well-regarded for its work on cases concerning property and business interruption, and losses associated with major political upheaval and environmental disasters. ‘Up-and-coming new partner’ Rupert Warren and senior partner Christopher Cardona specialise in international financial institutions and professional indemnity work, with expertise on litigation issuing from Latin America. Consultant Andrew Bandurka has extensive experience defending liability (products, public and professional indemnity) claims, while Jonathan Bruce takes the helm on energy and marine insurance claims.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Foster


‘They are renowned (and deservedly so) specialists in insurance and reinsurance. They fight a client’s corner very hard, but not at a disproportionate cost.’

‘Andrew Bandurka is a leading light in English insurance and (especially) reinsurance. He has unparalleled experience and commercial nous. He is imaginative. He fosters a collaborative approach in his team which leads to high quality outcomes.’

‘Chris Foster is probably the best solicitor I had the pleasure of working with. He is razor-sharp and gives no quarter.’

‘Rupert Warren is an up-and-coming new partner with a bright future.’

‘Great knowledge, capability, client focus and advice.’

‘Chris Foster is a market leading litigator, huge experience in all areas of insurance and re-insurance law. He is my ‘go to’ solicitor for any tricky case!’

‘Christopher Cardona – Exceptional knowledge, skills, abilities, acumen and discusses issues with the client based on the client’s own personal legal skills and knowledge – meaning he doesn’t talk down to the client.’

‘Good commercial knowledge. Can act across the Market. Very good knowledge of international markets.’

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 2

HFW has built a strong foundation of clients in shipping, energy and commodities, and fields a team of coverage specialists in marine, energy and property insurance. Continuing to grow its international footprint, the team recently expanded its São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro offices with the transfer of solicitors from London, to work alongside its London-based Spanish-speaking partners Jonathan Bruce and Christopher Cardona, who both specialise in Latin America. Nigel Wick has wide-ranging experience acting in large market losses, including those arising from COVID-19, and various major onshore and offshore energy losses. Head of insurance, Christopher Foster has almost 30 years’ experience in contentious insurance.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Foster; Jonathan Bruce; Nigel Wick

Other key lawyers:


‘HFW has managed to build a team of lawyers who, apart from being technically competent, inspire confidence by their in-house dynamic. The partners clearly respect and collaborate with each other, which is not always the case in law firms. HFW competes internationally and it has recruited intelligently to ensure desirable diversity in its various overseas offices, as well as at the London HQ.’

‘Good international firm – solid practitioners and hungry to please. Great to deal with and policyholder friendly. Results driven.’

‘Jonathan Bruce provided an excellent client service and always provided an honest and open approach to the investigation and the expectation for the outcome of the case.’

‘Jonathan Bruce brings the intelligence, the knowledge, the experience and the inter-personal skills required to understand the issues and cut to the chase. He is attentive and generous with his time. He uses the firm’s resources and external resources effectively and aims at achieving a pragmatic resolution where possible. His effectiveness is enhanced by his language skills and his very international outlook.’

‘In relation to complex marine and energy disputes the team has a breadth of knowledge and a very pragmatic / commercial approach to providing advice. For clients wanting support to find a commercial solution, whilst maintaining the possibility of dispute escalation is a particular strength.’

‘Nigel Wick and Jonathan Bruce at the key partners for dispute resolution. A strong commercial instinct and strong understanding of particular marine and energy related issues.’

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

HFW‘s team has well-established expertise in financial and construction professional negligence, and is regularly instructed by the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance brokers across the globe, also acting for selected claimants as well as its core defendant work. Christopher Foster heads the insurance team - his 'knowledge of relevant caselaw is second to none, and he is refreshingly hands on for a partner'. Christopher Cardona specialises in dispute resolution in the insurance and reinsurance sector, while consultant Andrew Bandurka is 'highly experienced and dedicated to getting the right result for the client'. Jonathan Bruce is known for his international work in the energy and marine insurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Foster


‘They have a high level of knowledge of the commercial/professional aspects of the professional negligence disputes they deal with, combined with first-rate legal expertise. They are also properly sensitive to the needs and interests of their clients.’

‘Rupert Warren is a true expert in the field: thoughtful and informed, but also truly client-focused and commercial. Andrew Bandurka is an elder statesman – highly experienced and dedicated to getting the right result for the client – seen it all, and knows how to deal with any problem that comes up.’

A great team with a great practice in the top end of the market.’

Chris Foster has a sharp intellect and very considerable experience as a (re)insurance litigator.’

‘HFW is a truly insurance-focused firm; you are always assured that their people have a genuine interest and expertise in the industry.’

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 2

HFW is highly regarded for its international arbitration work, primarily working for EPC contractors, including a number of clients in the Middle East and Korea. It is also very active in offshore construction projects, including windfarm projects both domestically and internationally, due to its roots as a shipping firm. The team is lead by Max Wieliczko, who has extensive experience in infrastructure and energy project disputes. Michael Sergeant focuses on international arbitration, primarily in the Middle East, whilst Richard Booth is particularly active in offshore wind matters.

Practice head(s):

Max Wieliczko

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at HFW knows how to handle disputes and difficult opposing parties and lawyers. They understand construction and are easy to work with.’

‘Michael Sergeant is a very experienced construction lawyer and knows how to structure a case to bring out its strengths.’

‘The HFW team includes very seasoned and experienced counsel, as well as young but very bright associates.’

‘HFW are my go-to law firm when I have a legal dispute that is complex and not run of the mill. Their ability to think outside the box and quickly attend meetings is crucial to facilitate a strategy and scenario options enabling, where possible, the timely and appropriate resolution of the dispute.’

‘Max Wieliczko is unique in his ability to think outside the box. His tenacity and desire to achieve the best result for his client is what makes him stand out from the rest.’

Key clients

VolkerWessels Group

J Reddington Group

Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.

Barhale Limited

Hochtief Solutions AG

Belectric Gulf Limited

Posco Plantec

Robert Bird Group

Kuwait Oil Company

Al Gihaz Contracting Co

Work highlights

  • Acting for an international joint venture contractor on a £600m ICC arbitration in relation delays and variations on a high-profile Middle East transport project.
  • Acting for a contractor in respect of a £150m+ dispute in relation to the T&I package for a large offshore wind farm development off the shores of France.
  • Acting for an EPC contractor in relation to the disputes arising under three separate energy from waste projects in different parts of the UK.

Transport > Travel Tier 2

With a focus on crisis management and maritime and aviation matters, HFW is a key firm in the travel space, showing broad experience with cruise lines, ferry operators, ship builders, tour operators and holiday companies. The travel, cruise and leisure department is led by Elinor Dautlich, who brings expertise in shipping contracts, and Zohar Zik, who routinely advises high profile airlines and tour operators. William MacLachlan is particularly known for his work in ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding, ship repair and ship recycling, while Claire Womersley is noted for her high-profile casualty work.

Practice head(s):

Elinor Dautlich; Zohar Zik

Other key lawyers:

William MacLachlan; Claire Womersley; Paul Dean; Angelina Davidson-Houston


‘HFW’s travel: regulatory and commercial practice is extremely commercial and professional. The firm acts for leading travel operators and the cases often raise issues of conflicts of laws and requires work between different jurisdictions. HFW is extremely well-equipped for such international cases.’

‘Claire Womersley is an extremely thoughtful yet tenacious litigator who was formerly a mariner on a cruise liner. She has extensive experience of the practical and technical aspects of cruise operation as well as being an excellent lawyer.’

‘Paul Dean is a tenacious litigator with vast experience in shipping and travel disputes.’

‘Angelina Davidson-Houston is a delight to work with and always on the ball with the detail.’

Key clients

The Transport Ministry of a major western government

We Ski UK

Leading Middle East Airline

Kiwi Rail

Genting Hong Kong Limited

TT-Line Company

Work highlights

  • Acting for KiwiRail on a secured NZ$350m loan facility to purchase two new battery powered Interislander ferries.
  • Advised a state owned Middle Eastern airline client on extending its established cooperation agreements with two separate airlines, helping to boost its destinations worldwide significantly with a view to growing its profile and services worldwide as well as well as future revenue streams.
  • We assisted with the post-delivery financing and delivery of the new Crystal cruise vessel Crystal Endeavor in June 2021.This has included advising on English law/maritime aspects of the amendment and restructuring of its global financing facilities in the summer of 2020 and, more recently, advising on practical issues relating to the Global Class vessel under construction in M.V. Werften shipyard in Germany and trading cruise vessels in the Crystal Cruises business.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 3

Forming a part of the firm’s overarching global maritime offering, which also includes practitioners spread across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US, HFW‘s London-based asset finance practice remains best known for its shipping finance expertise. Drawing upon vast underlying sector knowledge, the finance team is active for a balanced mix of stakeholders involved in all aspects of the maritime space, including the cruise ship, commercial, yacht and offshore sectors. Consequently, it has been well hedged against the vagaries of the pandemic and, as well as providing a significant amount of new money financings in areas that have been more robust in the “teeth of the storm”, has also been very active in relation to restructurings – for example within the cruise sector. Key members of the team include Tony Rice, who has a focus on advising a range of capital providers, including commercial banks, alternative providers of capital and ECAs; fluent Swedish speaker Gudmund Bernitz, who delivers ‘high-quality advice’ to a Nordic-centred client base; and the ‘very easy going’ Elinor Dautlich, who is also the global head of finance. Outside of the shipping arena, the ‘superb’ Barbara Pansadoro remains the driving force behind the firm’s aviation finance offering and is well versed across a range of aircraft and engine finance transactions. The team was strengthened by the arrival of the 'dedicated, hardworking and focused' Rebecca Quayle from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Elinor Dautlich; Adam Shire; Tony Rice

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is very knowledgeable with a great amount of experience.’

Exceptional service – HFW take care of the details very well. They are extremely responsive and willing to go the extra mile to get the deal across the line.’

‘Barbara Pansadoro is superb; her grasp of every issue is fantastic, and she is tireless in getting a deal over the line.’

Elinor Dautlich is very competent in amongst other things ship financing. At the same time she is a very easy going person which helps in difficult negotiations.’

Gudmund Bernitz always delivers high-quality advice.’

‘The team is really knowledgeable of the entire industry, combining the commercial and legal skills, which is really valuable in lawyers.’

‘Specific mention to Barbara Pansadoro – she’s superb – her grasp of every issue is fantastic, and she is tireless in getting a deal over the line. Someone you really want on your side!’

‘HFW has a unique combination of a warm/personal approach together with a high degree of competence.’

Key clients



KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH


Macquarie Bank


Tsakos Energy Navigation

Northern Offshore Services

Kiwi Rail

Air Europa


Corendon Airlines

El Al Airline

Work highlights

  • Assisted Northern Offshore Services with (1) the purchase and green upgrade of crew transfer vessels and (2) the lease financing of those vessels provided by Flexam Invest.
  • Advised HSBC and The Royal Bank of Scotland, as agents, on the amendment of Hermes supported loan facilities to Saga Cruises in respect of the switch from LIBOR to a SONIA-based risk free rate.
  • Advised Kiwi Rail on the construction, purchase and financing by the client of two rail-enabled roll on roll off passenger ferries for employment with KiwiRail’s “InterIslander” ferry service between Wellington and Picton in New Zealand.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

HFW handles regulatory issues, corporate matters and M&A for insurance-based clients. The firm is recommended for its work in the Lloyd’s market and insurtech space. Practice head Ashwani Kochhar focuses on corporate insurance and is recognised for the strength of his Lloyd’s practice. William Reddie specialises in both corporate and regulatory insurance matters, including M&A, commercial arrangements and Part VII transfers.

Practice head(s):

Ashwani Kochhar

Other key lawyers:


‘Experience, particularly in snsurance sector for M&A and regulatory.’

‘Apart from their experience, their presentation of legal issues, clauses plus their positive outgoing personalities make them stand out over their competitors.’

‘Exceptional service, will go over and above to make your life easier.’

‘William Reddie is an exceptional insurance lawyer, personable, knowledgeable and has an outstanding commercial perspective.’

‘They’re excellent in relation to legal and regulatory matters, pragmatic and don’t spend more time than needed on work.’

‘William Reddie is an amazing source of knowledge. He cares deeply about his clients and is willing to go the extra mile for them.’

Key clients

The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Ltd (“Britannia”)

Several members of the Munich Re group

Asta Managing Agency Limited

Tindall Riley

Coverys group

HIPCC Limited

Occam Underwriting Ltd

Helodrium Limited and its network of international brokers

Chedid Capital SAL (Holding) (Chedid)

Philip Cunningham/Direct Commercial Limited


Abry Partners II, LLC

David Ashby Underwriting Limited

Hamilton UK Services Limited

Oman Insurance Company

The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg)

United Kingdom Mutual War Risks Association Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Britannia on the transfer, by way of a Part VII transfer, of its entire business to an associated entity as part of its Brexit strategy, particularly in relation to the business written in and carried out by its branch in Japan.
  • Advised Markerstudy on its acquisition of the Brightside Group from private equity investor AnaCap Financial Partners

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

HFW‘s expertise in the construction sector has been instrumental in attracting clients in relation to offshore wind farms, oil rig decommissioning projects and international port developments. The practice has a strong track record for advising on international power projects such as hydro-electric, nuclear and energy from waste. The team is commended for its ‘vast range of experience in offshore wind’ which is the primary area of expertise for Richard Booth. Max Wieliczko heads the team and is experienced in high-value energy disputes along with Michael Sergeant who is well-versed in international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Max Wieliczko

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has a vast range of experience in offshore wind and are proactive in protecting clients position while also aiding develop strategy to solve matters.’

‘Ability to understand the technical elements of the claim and develop strategy.’

‘HfW are my go-to law firm when I have a legal dispute that is complex and not “run of the mill”. Their ability to think outside the box and quickly attend meetings / calls is crucial to facilitate a strategy and scenario options enabling, where possible, the timely and appropriate resolution of the dispute.’

‘Max Wieliczko is unique in his ability to think outside the box and whilst appropriate resolution is always my desired approach. I feel reassured that he is “in my corner” should formal proceedings be ultimately required. His tenacity and desire to achieve the best result for his client is what makes him stand out from the rest.’

Key clients

Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.

Barhale Limited

Belectric Gulf Limited

Posco Plantec

Al Gihaz Contracting Co

Work highlights

  • Acted for a tier 1 contractor in respect of a £300m dispute in relation to the T&I package for a large offshore wind farm development off the shores of France.
  • Acted for an EPC contractor in relation to the disputes arising under three separate Energy from Waste projects in different parts of the UK.
  • Advised an offshore contractor on the circa £800m EPCI Contract for the 3.1GW East Anglia Offshore Wind Farm.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

HFW advises a supplier-side client base on a range of infrastructure projects, including renewable energy, road, and rail matters. With the firm’s wider background in shipping, the non-contentious construction practice is also highly regarded for its involvement with offshore construction projects, including offshore wind farm matters both domestically and internationally, as well as port developments, dredging, FPSOs, subsea cabling and oil rig decommissioning projects. Max Wieliczko heads the team, advising on a number of large-scale infrastructure matters. Richard Booth specialises in renewables projects, whilst Ben Mellors focuses on process plant and power projects.

Practice head(s):

Max Wieliczko

Other key lawyers:


‘HFW provide a broad service to contractors with excellence in all aspects of non-contentious support, providing a high level of confidence to clients.’

‘Richard Booth is approachable, available, technically excellent and extremely thorough, but also commercially aware which allows a competitive edge to be maintained.’

‘HFW has broad experience in the offshore wind industry, and in particular offshore construction. The combination of maritime and construction law expertise is very valuable.’

‘Richard Booth is very knowledgeable, easy to approach and to the point. He is solution oriented and has a good eye for the commercial aspects of legal issues.’

Key clients

VolkerWessels Group

J Reddington Group

Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.

Hochtief Solutions AG

Belectric Gulf Limited

Posco Plantec

Robert Bird Group

Kuwait Oil Company

Al Gihaz Contracting Co

Work highlights

  • Advised a top offshore contractor on the circa £800m EPCI Contract for the 3.1GW East Anglia Offshore Wind Farm, soon to be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms by capacity.
  • Advised a top contractor on the circa £150m+ tender for the design and construction of a new Interchange Station for HS2 in Birmingham.
  • Advising a Middle East based contractor in respect of the tender and contract for the first PV and battery energy storage system in Senegal.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

The well-established duo of Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway joined HFW from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in October 2021, bringing with them their successful investigations practice, which includes a number of international corporate and financial services clients. The two lead the new practice at the firm, which provides criminal and civil support throughout regulatory investigations, and has strong cross-border capabilities, with sector focuses including financial services, aviation, energy, and resources. The team combines a strong record in SFO, FCA, and international regulatory and enforcement actions with integrated corporate, transactional, and employment support, also carrying out internal compliance audits for clients, as well as dealing with reputational damage issues. Vitou continues to represent KBR in its successful case against the SFO in the Supreme Court, in a standout ongoing mandate. Another key member of the team is Daniel Martin, who has broad expertise in cross-border economic and trade sanctions, particularly as they relate to the shipping and aviation industries.

Practice head(s):

Barry Vitou; Anne-Marie Ottaway

Other key lawyers:


‘The team includes partners with a great track-record at closing down criminal investigations without charges being brought. Barry and Anne-Marie head up the team which is able to represent clients in heavyweight cross-border investigations.’

‘Barry Vitou is pre-eminent in his field. He is a razor-sharp strategist who has a gift for seeing a clear pathway through even the most convoluted problems. He remains calm under pressure and his sage advice is invariably right. You definitely want him on your side.’

‘Anne-Marie Ottaway is a former SFO prosecutor who now defends. She has tremendous experience in this area of work, and her work output is phenomenal. She works incredibly well as part of a team.

‘Anne-Marie Ottaway and Barry Vitou are without doubt one of the strongest combinations in London’s white collar market. Combining long standing experience of UK and US corruption in the private sector with an in-depth knowledge of the working of the SFO and many years in the private sector, their experience ranges from internal investigations to the Supreme Court and few in the City can boast of that range.’

‘Anne-Marie Ottaway is a star so far as advice to corporates is concerned. Experienced, incisive, razor-sharp. Her advice gets the point and gets to the point.’

‘Anne-Maire Ottaway has previously supported my last firm on a significant and sensitive white-collar crime matter. Her insight into what the regulatory authorities may be thinking, as well as the process, was invaluable for me and other Senior Management. She navigated us to a successful conclusion that saved the firm much expense and unwarranted poor publicity.’

‘As can be seen from their track record, the team have provided excellent advice to corporate clients, in the face of extreme challenges. Their knowledge of this space is fantastic and they can rapidly bring an experienced team to bear on most matters.’

‘Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway are stand out partners for the firm and effectively leverage their years’ of experience. They are great to work with and can provide that much needed sense of calm at c-suite level during a crisis.’

Key clients

KBR Inc and KBR Inc’s US Subsidiaries

Work highlights

  • Represented KBR Inc in the first legal challenge to SFO’s claimed extraterritorial jurisdiction of its S.2 document compulsion powers and took this matter to the Supreme Court, where the appeal was successful.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

Leveraging the firm’s wider transport and shipping sector strength, HFW’s cross-departmental commercial contracts practice advises on a notable volume of global agreements, particularly supply, distribution and joint venture agreements, utilising the firm’s international network of offices. Alistair Mackie leads the group, which includes Matthew Gore, who specialises in the port, transport and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Mackie

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Gore; Matthew Wilmshurst; Catherine Emsellem-Rope


‘Alastair Mackie is very technically and commercially astute.’

‘The team led by Matthew Gore are my go to lawyers for all logistic work – they are experts in this area. They are constantly striving to improve their client offering through increased billing transparency and proactive queries with a view to determining what would be most helpful for me as a client. I am very impressed by their service and their expertise in logistics.’

‘Matthew Gore has great industry knowledge in logistics – he is my go to person not only for logistics legal advice but also with a view to understanding generally what is going on in the market. He is extremely responsive – even where we require extremely urgent responses with somewhat unreasonable turnaround time requests. Always commercial in his approach and pragmatic.’

‘Matthew Wilmshurt is another go-to person within HFW. He has excellent industry knowledge, helpful and responsive – always willing to meet tight deadlines and is pragmatic and commercial in his approach.’

‘HFW has helped our startup with a diverse range of abilities and offerings that has allowed us to grow with a legal partner very focused on aiding us and our needs as we mature. The team at HFW have worked carefully to understand our trajectory and help us problem solve in a manor that preemptively sets us up well for the future. Their insight and attentiveness have been incredible considering we are a small start up with limited cash flow availability.’

‘Alistair Mackie has been exceptional in his work, leadership and guidance for our team. We feel that Alistair has approached his work with our group as though he was a member or owner of our business.’

The commercial contracts team were exceptional to deal with in helping us review our customer SAAS agreements and our DPAs. Their knowledge of the industry and subject matter was on point and they clearly communicated throughout the entire process providing the business insights and asking questions about contractual eventualities we might not have covered otherwise.’

‘Catherine Emsellem-Rope was very approachable and knowledgeable throughout the process and effectively managed the interaction between our business and the rest of HFW’s subject matter experts.’

Key clients

Exelon Generation Limited

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. Foundation

Marks & Spencer

Solent Stevedores

Work highlights

  • Advised Exelon on its involvement in a project to deliver at scale the next generation of low cost, low carbon nuclear power technology within the United Kingdom. Investment worth £195m.
  • Advised the ICTSI Foundation on a landmark public-private agreement to acquire 7 million Covid-19 vaccines for a consortium of 300 private sector organisations in the Philippines.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 4

Drawing on its significant international footprint, the ‘experienced‘ and ‘pragmatic‘ team at HFW is particularly strong in the insurance, and international trade and commodities sectors, working with a number of mining and minerals companies, logistics groups, and ports. The practice is jointly headed up by the ‘excellent’ Alex Kyriakoulis, a prolific transactional advisor with key private equity expertise, and Alistair Mackie, an infrastructure specialist who regularly handles major projects with a strong Middle Eastern dimension. Ashwani Kochhar and William Reddie are praised for their insurance sector acumen, while Matthew Gore’s corporate and commercial expertise is concentrated in the ports and terminals space.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Mackie; Alex Kyriakoulis


‘A very friendly and approachable team that will always fight my corner like no other UK or US firm I have encountered – they are very very smart and experienced.’

‘Alex Kyriakoulis is awesome, it is no wonder he is always so busy on deals around the world. Yet somehow he always has time for us and is on top of all issues.’

‘HFW is quick and pragmatic. They always understand the industry.’

‘Alex Kyriakoulis stands out. He is the best UK lawyer I have ever worked with. He is exceptional negotiator, his advice is short and to the point, and always commercially sound.’

‘Ashwani Kochhar is another team member worth to be mentioned. His advice on W&I insurance was of utmost importance for the deal and it was perfect.’

‘Alex Kyriakoulis is very clever, excellent under pressure, and can draft accurately on his feet.’

Key clients

Victoria Group d.o.o

Exelon Generation Limited

Competentia AS

Navalis Shipping GmbH & Co. KG

Markerstudy Group

Chedid Capital SAL (Holding)

Philip Cunningham

Abry Partners II, LLC

Hamilton UK Services Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised Sojaprotein on its sale to ADM.
  • Advised Exelon on its investment in  Rolls Royce’s SMR nuclear reactor project.
  • Advised Competentia AS on its merger with Airswift Global Limited.  

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

In close cooperation with its international offices, HFW‘s team is well positioned to advise on Middle Eastern, Asian, European and Caribbean fraud cases. It handles fraud work arising in the context of insolvencies as well as insurance-related fraud. Rick Brown is the team leader and covers claims for breach of contract, fraud and/or breach of fiduciary duties and asset tracing as well as offshore trusts matters. Noel Campbell and the ‘highly effectivelySimon Jerrum are also prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Rick Brown

Other key lawyers:

Noel Campbell; Simon Jerrum; David Chalcraft


‘Simon Jerrum – an up-and-coming partner who is equally adept at running a case on his own or managing a team, in either case highly effectively and with an easy charm.’

‘The team is resourceful and works hard. Very impressive.’

‘Richard Brown is an extremely well rounded legal adviser who I would trust to work alongside me on any complicated dispute. Rick is measured in his advice and is very easy to work with on long projects running 10 years.’

‘David Chalcraft is a standout within the team with a wealth of experience. I trust David’s advice and am reassured that he has the client’s interests in mind.’

Key clients

Quantuma Advisory Limited

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Work highlights

  • Advising Quantuma Advisory Limited, the Joint Liquidators of various BVI and Isle of Man companies, in relation to numerous proceedings in the Commercial Court, the BVI and the Isle of Man.
  • Acting for the Grant Thornton UK LLP as the Trustees of the insolvent Estate of Boris Berezovsky.
  • Representing Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in a very substantial claim against a number of key personnel in the NMC Group of companies.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

At HFW, notable sector strength in six key industries - aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance and shipping - forms the bedrock of the firm's litigation practice. The global offering is overseen by Noel Campbell from Hong Kong, with Andrew Williams taking on the leadership role in the London office. Other key team members based in the capital range from seasoned 'master tactician' Damian Honey to 'standout' senior associate David Chalcraft.

Practice head(s):

Noel Campbell; Andrew Williams

Other key lawyers:


‘A lean but experienced team of litigators that fights very large claims across a variety of jurisdictions.’

‘Damian Honey is loved by lay clients and is a master tactician. Andrew Williams is pragmatic and very effective. Good to have on your side.’

‘This small team outperforms in comparison to its size. Partner involvement and client contact is superb. Collectively, they provide sound legal advice, balanced with commercial considerations. They are able to see the client’s objectives and align themselves with those objectives, making for a very cohesive and collaborative team. I would not hesitate to recommend HFW.’

‘Rick Brown is an extremely well rounded legal adviser who I would trust to on any complicated dispute. Rick is measured in his advice and is very easy to work with.’

‘David Chalcraft is a standout lawyer  within the team with a wealth of experience. I trust David’s advice and am reassured that he has the client’s interests in mind. David’s attention to detail and diligence is a key strength when working through large, complex disputes.’

‘Very approachable and proactive, business-focused team. Constantly reviewing and refreshing its offering and trying to be as user-friendly as possible.’

‘Rick Brown is excellent – very good with clients.’

‘Andrew Williams is extremely pragmatic and always delivers common sense advice. He has also developed a credible and supportive team, whereby he is able to delegate with authority and confidence.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

ICTSI Middle East DMCC

Uniserve Limited

Ferabosco Investment Limited, Mr Liviu Dragan and Mr Florin Manea

StoneX Financial Ltd

BP Oil International Limited

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Vitol S.A.

Tintrade Ltd

Salt Ship Design A/S

Dewhurst Airfield Services

Work highlights

  • Defending Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Emirates NBD Bank against a claim issued by the State of Qatar for damages, restitution and an account of profits arising out of an alleged conspiracy between the clients and others with the unlawful purpose of harming Qatar and its citizens.
  • Successfully acted for BP Oil in a claim for unjust enrichment in the London Commercial Court against Vega Petroleum and Dover Investments, seeking restitution of prepayments made for 211,387 barrels of crude oil which Vega and Dover have failed to deliver.
  • Acting for ICTSI Middle East in a claim against the Government of the Republic of Sudan for the repayment of a debt and payment of an ongoing indemnity in respect of the costs of funding under a refund bond governed by English law.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

HFW acts for oil and gas majors and smaller exploration and production companies on contract drafting and project management issues, with a focus on the offshore market. It is also strong in tangential areas such as the financing of LNG carriers. Alistair Mackie heads the team; Andrew Thomas left for Asafo & Co..

Practice head(s):

Alistair Mackie

Other key lawyers:

Alex Kyriakoulis; Diana France; Elinor Dautlich; Judith Prior; Alistair Feeney; Paul Dean; Laura MacLean

Key clients

Klaipedos Nafta (KN)

Exelon Generation

Victoria Group d.o.o

CNOOC Gas and Power Trading & Marketing Ltd


Visser & Smit Hanab BV

Work highlights

  • Advising Klaipedos Nafta (KN) on the acquisition of a floating, storage and regasification Unit (FSRU), following a public tender involving nine other leading international law firms.
  • Advised CNOOC on the terms of its request for proposals (RFP) for the long term chartering by CNOOC of up to six newbuild six newbuild 174,000cbm LNG carriers.  
  • Advising Qatargas, the world’s largest supplier of LNG, which is a Qatar Energy (the former Qatar Petroleum) subsidiary, on its vessel acquisition project, which forms a key element of the expansion of its North gas field.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

With specialisms in shipping, commodities, construction and aviation, HFW‘s competition team caters for clients in trade, industry and logistics. It is also known for its provision of state aid and subsidy control advice. The team is headed by ‘ultimate safe pair of hands’ Anthony Woolich. Senior partner Daniel Martin is, notably, an expert on international sanctions. The team is a leader in the Aegean region, working closely with HFW’s Piraeus office and advising the Republic of Cyprus.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Woolich

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Martin; Eirini Roussou


‘Anthony Woolich heads this team. Highly experienced and practical, the ultimate safe pair of hands.’


Key clients

Crown Commercial Service

Republic of Cyprus

Maersk Group

BP plc

Victoria Group

Morgan Stanley

European Parliament

Ecom Agroindustrial Corporation Limited

BW Group

Exelon Generation

Work highlights

  • Advised Exelon Generation Limited on its investment in a new Rolls Royce-led entity that will design and build low carbon Small Modular (nuclear) Reactors (SMRs).
  • Worked for Victoria Group on the sale of Sojaprotein to ADM.
  • Advised a leading Middle East airline on extending its co-operation agreement with another leading Middle East airline.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

Outstanding for arbitration work‘, HFW‘s practice fields sector specialists in construction, energy, trade and commodities, shipping and aviation, along with insurance/reinsurance, banking and financial services. Damian Honey has considerable international arbitration experience, particularly in relation to commodities, trade finance, banking, energy and fraud; Adam Strong acts in investor/state international arbitrations; Michael Sergeant is a Middle East disputes expert; and Andrew Williams has a broad disputes practice. Former partner Costas Frangeskides departed in late 2021 for Wordley Partnership.

Practice head(s):

Damian Honey

Other key lawyers:

Adam Strong; Michael Sergeant; Andrew Williams; Michael Buffham; Gordon Rieck


‘Outstanding for arbitration work – the team went into great depths to analyse the complex issues and to find the correct expert in the UK. Day or night, the lawyers were available to discuss all important developments that arose.’

HFW has a broad range of sector-specific experience, plus significant volumes of litigation and arbitration claimant-side matters.

HFW compares very very well. Strong fee-earners, strong back-office support, value-for-money fee rates, and prepared to risk-share.

‘Adam Strong is singled out for his ability to run complex multi-track arbitrations.’

‘Damian Honey and Andrew Williams are a class act, with complementary skills in running multi-jurisdictional cases covering the England, BVI and ADGM courts. They provide a strong team with super international reach.’

‘Damian Honey is a clever strategist and excellent client manager. Andrew Williams blends excellent technical knowledge with an approachable style.’

‘Adam Strong is very solid.’

‘Adam Strong – great combination of technical ability, commercial sensitivity and strategic acumen.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

Led from London by the 'extremely well rounded' Rick Brown, and able to draw on strong international coverage, including from Hong Kong, HFW has forged a particularly strong reputation for debtors, creditors and office-holders on 'complex insolvency cases, involving multiple jurisdictions'. Many of the team members are adept at handling contentious matters, including the 'exceptionally clever' Simon Jerrum, who excels at advising clients on cross-border asset recovery and tracing claims. Shipping-related insolvency/restructuring work is a particular strength where the firm can provide deep sector knowledge by dint of its well-established offering in the space.

Practice head(s):

Rick Brown

Other key lawyers:

Alex Kyriakoulis; Tony Rice; Simon Jerrum; David Chalcraft


They provide sound legal advice, balanced with commercial considerations.’

This team has the ability to handle complex insolvency cases, involving multiple jurisdictions.’

Simon Jerrum handles complex litigation calmly and with outstanding thoroughness and attention to detail.’

Simon Jerrum is exceptionally clever and is able to present the client with practical solutions to complex problems.’

Richard Brown is an extremely well rounded legal adviser who I would trust to work alongside me on any complicated dispute. He is very measured in his advice.’

David Chalcraft is a standout lawyer within the team, with a wealth of experience. I trust David’s advice and am reassured that he has the client’s interests in mind. David’s attention to detail and diligence is a key strength when working through large, complex disputes.’

Key clients

Quantuma Advisory Limited

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Finarge Armamento Genovese SRL

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Genting Hong Kong Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Quantuma Advisory Limited, the Joint Liquidators of various BVI and Isle of Man companies, in relation to numerous cross-border proceedings in the Commercial Court, the BVI and the Isle of Man.
  • Acting for Grant Thornton UK LLP as Trustees, in an  important and complex matter relating to the insolvent Estate of Boris Berezovsky.
  • Acting for Grant Thornton UK LLP as Trustees of the bankrupt estate of Paul Baxendale-Walker, which involves various offshore trust structures.

United Arab Emirates > Insurance

HFW advises on all aspects of insurance and reinsurance operations across the region. Sam Wakerley is the regional head of insurance and reinsurance and advises clients in the energy, marine and construction sectors, among others. Riyadh practice head John Barlow heads up the firm's regulatory offering in Dubai. Justin Whelan is the go-to contact for cyber security and data protection-related insurance work. Managing partner Richard Gimblett and Charles Cockrell specialise in aviation insurance.

Practice head(s):

Sam Wakerley


‘HFW listen and work collaboratively as though they are an internal business partner.’

‘Justin Whelan as our local partner in Abu Dhabi and provides exceptional client engagement with professional prowess but equally balanced. This is supported by speed of response at all times.’

Key clients


Oman Insurance

Emirates Insurance

Westford Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Westford Limited, a trade finance intermediary, in a trade credit insurance dispute against insurers (Archipelago Insurance Limited), following the insolvency of one of its insured buyers.
  • Acting on behalf of flydubai and its insurers in response to the loss of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft that crashed on approach to Rostov-on-Don Airport on 19 March 2016.
  • Instructed by various insurers, reinsurers and policy holders to advise on business interruption claims across 100+ major hotels, restaurants and entertainment venue brands across the UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Qatar and the Maldives arising out of the on-going COVID-19 global pandemic.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

HFW's UAE litigation practice was bolstered by the arrival of Nick Braganza from Clyde & Co LLP in January 2021. Braganza handles a wide variety of commercial disputes and has a particular focus on fraud and insolvency. Managing partner Richard Gimblett specialises in the resolution of aviation, insurance and commercial disputes. Charles Cockrell also has a strong aviation practice and advises on regulatory aspects as well. Yaman Al Hawamdeh heads the Arabic litigation and shipping practices. Sam Wakerley heads the firm's insurance and reinsurance offering.

Practice head(s):

Nick Braganza; Yaman Al Hawamdeh; Richard Gimblett

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cisco Systems International

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC

Joseph Ghossoub

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC


Alstom Transport SA

Denholm Yam

National Bank of Fujairah

Fal Oil

Work highlights

  • Represented Fal Oil Company Limited before the Sharjah Courts in a dispute with Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (“SEWA”) regarding the alleged missing payment of AED1,682,552,833, in addition to interest at a rate of 1% per annum.
  • Advising Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC in respect of a fraud that contributed to the collapse of the FTSE 100 listed NMC Health plc and the wider NMC Group of companies.

United Arab Emirates > Construction

HFW represents contractors in disputes that have arisen from construction projects involving pipelines, airports, metro systems and ports. The practice has particular expertise advising Korean contractors in the region and this work is led by Kijong Nam. James Plant was promoted to partner in 2021 and has experience advising international EPC contractors in Kuwait. Legal director Maria Deus is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Kijong Nam; James Plant

Other key lawyers:


Mr. Plant is very helpful in the sense that he offers his advices while truly being in the position of the contractor, our company. He tries his best to deliver what is requested, but he does not stop there; he offers advice that we did not specifically ask for, but that we truly need. He is also very quick and diligent. There were several times that we had to request for his input on a very tight schedule, but he managed to deliver the best results within the time frame that was given to him.’

‘James Plant delivers good work and provides clear opinions and advice based on the contract.’

Key clients

Hedley International Contracting LLC

Kuwait Oil Company

GS Engineering and Construction

Work highlights

  • Acting for an international Joint Venture contractor on a $850m ICC arbitration in relation to delays and variations on a high-profile Middle East transport project.
  • Acting for a Korean EPC contractor in two parallel sets of local court proceedings against two national oil companies concerning a $190m claim relating to a suspended oil project.
  • Acting for a consortium of two Korean EPC contractors and a natural gas company on a $200m claim relation to an LNG project.

The firm

HFW is a global, sector-focused law firm with a network of 20 offices spanning 16 countries, consistently delivering market-leading results across its six core industry groups.

The firm’s specialist lawyers have a real passion for the sectors they work in and are renowned experts in their fields, whether it be solving complex issues across construction, aviation or shipping or providing advice across insurance, commodities and energy.

HFW has an extensive global reach with offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Types of work undertaken

Aviation: HFW advises 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: HFW’s 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: HFW 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 and Resources: 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: HFW provides a wide range of dispute resolution, transactional and regulatory services to clients that include insurers, captives, intermediaries, managing and members€™ agencies at Lloyd€™s, and run-off service providers.

Shipping: HFW 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.

In addition to the above core sectors, HFW has expertise in financial institutions, logistics, mining, oil and gas, ports and terminals, travel, cruise and leisure and yachts. HFW also has expertise in legal services such as commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, employment, EU, competition and regulatory, finance, fraud and insolvency, government services and projects.

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Kuwait, Melbourne, Monaco, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney.


Key Contacts

Managing Partner – Jeremy Shebson

Global Senior Partner – Richard Crump

Chief Operating Officer – Sid Welham


Industry Group Leaders

HFW’s Industry Group Leaders have unrivalled specialist experience within their respective industries, guiding on best practice and harnessing development opportunities to ensure the firm retains its position at the forefront of legal practice within that sector.

Aerospace – Giles Kavanagh

Commodities – Alistair Feeney

Construction – Carolyn Chudleigh

Insurance and Reinsurance – Christopher Cardona

Energy and Resources – Alistair Mackie

Shipping – Paul Dean


Legal Service Heads

Legal Service Heads are responsible for ensuring best practice and the strategic development of their specialism across the firm, promoting innovation, collaboration and market-leading practice.

Litigation – Noel Campbell

Corporate – Brian Gordon

Finance – Elinor Dautlich 


Office Heads

HFW’s Office Heads work to build and develop the business, taking overall responsibility for the firm within their location whilst maintaining an active personal practice.

Abu Dhabi – Richard Lucas

Brussels – Pierre Frühling

Dubai – Richard Gimblett

Geneva – Michael Buisset

Hong Kong – Patrick Yeung

Houston – Gerard Kimmitt

Jakarta – Sri Rahayu

Kuwait City – Rula Dajani Abuljebain

London – Jeremy Shebson

Melbourne – Gavin Vallely

Monaco – Ian Cranston

Paris – Guillaume Brajeux

Perth – Simon Adams

Piraeus – Dimitri Vassos

Rio de Janeiro – Julio Costa Julio leads the Brazilian offices of CAL. HFW and CAL entered into a formal cooperation in 2018.

Riyadh – Mohammed Abdulrahman Alkhliwi

São Paulo – Julio Costa Julio leads the Brazilian offices of CAL. HFW and CAL entered into a formal cooperation in 2018.

Shanghai – Nicholas Poynder

Singapore – Mert Hifzi

Sydney – Carolyn Chudleigh

Managing Partner Jeremy Shebson
Global Senior Partner Richard Crump
Chief Operating Officer Sid Welham
Michael Sergeant photoMr Michael SergeantPartner
Number of UK partners : 76
Number of other UK fee-earners : 160

HFW is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment in which people of all backgrounds, beliefs and experiences can reach their full potential. In the last financial year, its staff completed more than 4,000 hours of pro bono legal advice, volunteering, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

The firm sets ambitious targets in line with its Global Diversity Statement and has identified gender equality and mental health as global focus areas. In October 2019, HFW became an official signatory of the Mindful Business Charter, and was named in the Top 75 Social Mobility Employers Index 2020 (UK). The firm’s efforts to promote better mental health are further demonstrated by its international network of 48 mental health first aiders.

In 2015, HFW pledged to increase the percentage of female fixed share partners to 30% by 2020 and this target is considered as part of the promotion process. As of August 2019, the percentage sits at 28% (up from 19% in 2015). More than half of the firm’s Senior Associates and Business Service Heads are women.

HFW also works alongside a number of charities and not-for-profit organisations, for example partnering with Mission to Seafarers and Renewable World to share its sector expertise, in addition to supporting its firm-wide charity partner Fight for Peace.