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Construction - ranked: tier 5


HFW fields ‘outstanding lawyerNick Longley, whose ‘advice is always useful to overcome issues’, and Alex McKellar, who ‘helped resolve issues that had been hurdles for several years’. The former relocated from the firm’s Hong Kong office to boost the Melbourne offering. Infrastructure and offshore construction are two key areas of expertise, and the team has seen recent growth in hotel, residential and mixed-use developments, where it frequently acts for Singaporean and Chinese clients. On the contentious side, it represented AECOM Services in multi-party proceedings before the NSW Supreme Court, arising from the construction of Sydney’s Lane Cove tunnel. Non-contentious work included advising Indonesian state-owned PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur on the construction of a hospital in Sumatra. The team also includes the recommended Ian Gordon, who joined from Lander & Rogers; offshore construction expert Matthew Blycha; and disputes specialist Nick Watts.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4


HFW's team focuses on contentious work in the firm’s core areas of practice shipping and aviation, construction, insurance, energy and commodities. Practice head Nick Longley is an ‘outstanding lawyer’ whose ‘knowledge and appropriateness of advice meet expectations’; he specialises in construction litigation and acted for design firm Arcadis Australia in a claim arising out of its involvement in a Victorian road project. Insurance expert Richard Jowett, who has experience in class actions, is also singled out; Gavin Vallely, Matthew Blycha and Andrew Dunn are other names to note. Simon Shaddick and Brendan McCashin have been promoted to partner.

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)
Energy (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 5


At HFW, ‘industry knowledge is excellent’, ‘value for money is very good’, and 'the advice is pragmatic'; Simon Adams heads the group. It has a busy utilities practice, regularly acting for the largest utility in Western Australia, Synergy, and often assists clients with regulatory matters, having acted for the Economic Regulation Authority since its establishment. Adams is valued for his ‘high level of expertise’, recently rendering regulatory advice to Synergy in relation to its joint venture with industry super fund CBus and Dutch Infrastructure Fund to create a renewable energy investment company. The Australian Energy Market Operator instructed the team in relation to network access regulatory amendments in order to allow the connection of more new electricity generators. Caroline Brown is ‘very pragmatic and decisive’ and has ‘a depth of knowledge she can apply easily’. Robert Desmond is another name to note.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 2


HFW ‘provides a good, responsive service’. Melbourne-based practice head Richard Jowett acted for a major mining company and its captive insurer in claims arising from an environmental disaster; he is also advising clients in relation to liability and negligence claims resulting from flooding. In Sydney, the ‘knowledgeable and diligentAndrew Dunn continues to represent IAG in a dispute relating to Bestobell’s Australian entities, and advised Rolls-Royce on a class action brought by passengers and crew of Qantas flight QF32, which was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore. Brendan McCashin has been promoted to partner. Stephen Thompson is another name to note.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5


Carolyn Chudleigh heads the ‘very capable’ practice at HFW alongside Richard Abbott and Thomas Wait. She possesses ‘a breadth of knowledge, in-depth industry experience and a very commercial approach’. Clients include inbound investors, vendors and purchasers, landlord and tenants and fund managers such as Folkestone, Eureka Core Fund 5 and Centuria Funds Management. On the transactional front, Chudleigh acted for Zone Q on its acquisition of a property formerly occupied by the Victorian police department. The hotel sector is an area of focus, with the team regularly assisting Royal Hotels. Additional strengths for the practice include mixed-use developments, development structuring, project financing, student accommodation and manufactured housing. Wait is one of six new arrivals to the team from Lander & RogersStephanie Lambert, a specialist in major transactions and projects, has been promoted to partner.

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Australia: Transport

Transport: shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 1


HFW’s ‘highly recommended’ team, headed by Gavin Vallely, is ‘the best we have used’; it is able to draw on the strength of its global shipping offering and includes Nic van der Reyden, who possesses ‘comprehensive subject matter expertise’, as well as ‘client focus and attention to cost’. The team has been acting for Triton Shipping in relation to a collision at Port Botany, a £1.3m case, which has been settled during London-based mediation proceedings, and notable work also included Vallely’s advice to the Federal Department of Employment on its amendments to the Seafarer’s Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992. Another strength is the team’s work in the offshore energy sector, where it attracts matters involving floating production storage and offloading units (FPSOs) and support vessels, oil and LNG transport vessels and the carriage of specialist cargoes. Hazel Brewer and Stephen Thompson are singled out; the team also includes newly promoted partner and shipping and marine disputes specialist Simon Shaddick.

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