HFW elects new global practice head, several other promotions

UK-based global law firm HFW has elected partner Paul Dean as the new head of its global shipping practice and a member of the firm’s global Management Board. It has also promoted four new shipping partners and three new shipping legal directors across its international network.

HFW’s shipping practice now comprises 59 partners and more than 190 lawyers.

Paul Dean also heads HFW’s global offshore practice and previously led its oil and gas practice. He replaces former head of shipping Craig Neame, who has returned to fee-earning.

This follows HFW’s election of a new global management team, with Jeremy Shebson elected as the firm’s new Managing Partner and Richard Crump re-elected for a fifth term as Global Senior Partner.

The new shipping partners are:

  • Christopher Garley, Shipping, London who advises clients on “wet” and “dry” shipping disputes, focusing on issues arising from marine casualties including collisions, fires and groundings. He has particular expertise in containership casualties and incidents relating to the carriage of dangerous goods, acting for owners and charters on all aspects of the casualty response and related litigation, often requiring a multi-jurisdictional approach. He also advises on issues arising out of casualties including charterparty / VSA / slot charter and bill of lading disputes.
  • Alessio Sbraga, Shipping, London, who specializes in international commercial dispute resolution in the marine and offshore sectors, covering issues relating to charterparties, bills of lading, sale contracts, shipbuilding, MOA, grounding, unsafe port, offshore (FSO, FPSO, FAU, rigs), bunker and cargo disputes. He also advises shipowners, charterers, ship managers, P&I clubs and hull underwriters on international maritime regulatory issues
  • Gudmund Bernitz, Ship Finance, London, who specializes in international finance and commercial transactions, particularly involving the shipping and offshore sectors. Gudmund acts for a broad range of financial institutions, export credit agencies, owners and operators. He is dual qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales, and an Advokat in Sweden.
  • William MacLachlan, Ship Finance, London, who specializes in transactional shipping matters covering the full life cycle of a broad range of marine assets. He has particular expertise in ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding, ship repair and ship recycling, and also advises clients operating in complex security environments on contractual and regulatory matters. MacLachlan is particularly focused on the cruise, ferry and yachting industries and acts for a range of stakeholders across these and the wider maritime industry. He was previously seconded to a leading European shipbuilder.

The new shipping legal directors are:

  • Philip Carney: Shipping, Piraeus
  • Erica Chan: Shipping, Hong Kong
  • Alex Sayegh: Ship Finance, London