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FRIARY COURT, 65 CRUTCHED FRIARS, LONDON, EC3N 2AE, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7264 8000
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Fax 020 7264 8888
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Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Brussels, Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong and 10 more

Judith Prior

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Work 020 7264 8531
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HFW

Work Department

Commodities.

Position

Judith is a partner specialising in commodities and international trade. She advises trading companies, oil majors and banks in relation to physical and futures contracts for oil, biofuels, sugar, cocoa and coffee. She acts as legal adviser to arbitration tribunals appointed by both the Refined Sugar Association and the Sugar Association of London and advises both associations on amendments to their Rules, which are widely used in the international sugar trade. She regularly advises on oil pollution and environmental liability. She also sits as an LCIA arbitrator.

Career

Trained Clifford Chance; qualified 1985; partner Holman Fenwick Willan LLP 2014.


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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