HFW adds to Middle East Practice with Dubai shipping and offshore team

Sector-focused law firm HFW has added to its leading Middle East practice with the hire of shipping and offshore marine partners Robert Lawrence and Ian Chung.

The pair, who between them have more than 30 years’ experience in the Middle East, are joining HFW’s Dubai office from Clyde & Co, where Lawrence headed the firm’s International Trade and Transport practice in the region. The move will see Chung return to HFW, where he was a partner until 2017. Lawrence joined HFW at the start of this week, while Chung will (re)join on September 5th.

HFW, which has operated in the Middle East for more than 15 years, now has 20 partners and more than 50 lawyers in total across offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait City and Riyadh.

Yaman Al Hawamdeh, UAE Managing Partner, HFW, said that “this is a very significant development for HFW in the Middle East. Robert and Ian are go-to lawyers for maritime, offshore and international trade work, and adding them to our already market-leading team means that we are now unquestionably the number one shipping practice in the region for both disputes and transactional matters.”

HFW said that Lawrence was “a leading disputes lawyer with a particular focus on the marine and offshore industries, including English law and Middle East claims arising from EPC contracts, offshore casualties, ship build and ship conversion projects, trade and transport, and marine insurance. He also advises on enforcement proceedings – onshore and in the DIFC; commercial litigation, including joint venture disputes; as well as non-contentious and regulatory matters.”

He will also work closely with HFW’s team in Riyadh, where he has significant experience advising Saudi-based clients, as well as litigating before the Saudi Commercial Courts and the Saudi Insurance Disputes Committee.

Chung specializes in transactional matters within the marine and transportation industries, including M&A and joint ventures, corporate and commercial, regulatory and licensing, finance, and general advisory work. He also has significant experience on insolvency and restructuring, and has acted for banks and borrowers on some of the most significant regional restructurings in recent years.