Global, sector-focused law firm has announced the promotion of six new shipping Partners and Legal Directors, effective 1 April 2024.

The promotions continue the growth of HFW’s preeminent global shipping practice, following its recent addition of a leading ship finance team in Piraeus.

HFW is widely recognised as the world’s leading shipping practice and has been advising clients in the sector for more than 140 years. The firm has over 200 shipping lawyers and 13 Master Mariners throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, specialising in dry shipping, admiralty and crisis management, and transactional work for clients across the industry.

HFW has more top-tier rankings for shipping in legal directories Chambers and The Legal 500 than any other law firm, and was named by The Times as one of the market’s top maritime practices.

Paul Dean, Global Head of Shipping, HFW:
“Congratulations to our newest Partners and Legal Directors. These promotions reflect HFW’s deep and longstanding commitment to the shipping industry globally, and our plans to continue to strengthen and broaden our offering to meet the changing needs of our clients in what is a fast-evolving and challenging period for the sector.”

New Shipping Partners

Rami Al Tal (Shipping, Dubai)
Rami assists clients with debt recovery, banking disputes, shareholder disputes, labour disputes, payment orders, sale and purchase contract disputes, enforcement of local and international awards and judgments, attachment of assets, fraud, breach of trust and shipping disputes.

Tom Morgan (Shipping, London)
Tom has a broad shipping practice. He has significant experience responding to complex, high-value marine casualties including collisions, groundings, stow collapses, fire/explosions, and dangerous cargoes, through to disputes under contracts of carriage, vessel sharing agreements and marine insurance. This regularly involves issues of general average and limitation. He also has a particular focus on the container shipping, car carrier, and chemical tanker sectors.

Mark Thompson (Shipping, London)
Mark is a Master Mariner in our shipping emergency response team, and deals with marine casualties, including collisions, groundings, cargo claims and salvage. He is also active in yacht-related crisis management involving fires, helicopter incidents, tender/PWC related accidents, and total loss.

New Legal Directors

Nicola Hui (Shipping, Hong Kong)
Nicola specialises in both wet and dry shipping including charterparty disputes, casualties, fire and explosion, general average, and total loss. She has particular experience of contractual disputes arising from container vessel claims, dangerous cargo, and loss of cargo. She also has significant experience in all aspects of P&I and FDD disputes. Nicola works closely with owners, operators, and traders in China/Asia-Pacific trades.

Mona Dejean (Shipping, Paris)
Mona specialises in maritime matters and has over fifteen years’ experience handling complex shipping and energy law issues. She advises and represents actors of the shipping and offshore energy sectors, both in litigation and transactional matters. Mona handles all types of shipping disputes, including major casualties, and represents clients before the French courts (court surveys, commercial courts), or in arbitration.

Daniel O’Connell (Shipping, London)
Daniel focusses mainly on wet shipping matters, including collisions, groundings, salvage, wreck removal, fires, piracy, limitation of liability and coverage issues. He also advises on dry shipping matters including charterparty, bill of lading and related contractual disputes. Daniel acts for owners, charterers, H&M underwriters, P&I Clubs and salvors in both arbitration and court related matters.

The promotions are part of a wider round spanning HFW’s international network and core sectors, with 12 new Partners and Legal Directors in total across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific, and the firm’s global commodities, dispute resolution, insurance, and shipping groups.

HFW has now added more than 35 new Partners since the beginning of FY23, including multiple team hires in Australia and further laterals in Hong Kong, London, Paris, Riyadh, and Singapore. The firm also recently launched an office in Shenzhen to support its clients in China’s Greater Bay Area.

Source: HFW