HFW hires shipping partner in Perth, Western Australia

Maritime-focused international law firm HFW has brought in shipping lawyer Ashwin Nair to join HFW’s office in Perth, Western Australia. Nair specializes in shipping, admiralty and marine insurance, acting for shipowners and charterers and their P&I Clubs and other insurers of marine risks, with a particular interest in the offshore energy and commercial fishing industries.

He joins HFW’s Perth office from maritime boutique Cocks Macnish, and previously spent three years as a Claims Executive at The Shipowners’ Club, based in their Singapore office.

HFW’s Australia revenue now accounts for almost 15% of the firm’s total annual revenue, making it the firm’s third-largest market globally, after London and Hong Kong.

Gavin Vallely, Managing Partner, HFW Australia, said that he was “delighted to welcome Ashwin to HFW. Ashwin brings depth of experience in shipping and marine insurance and his experience working across a wide range of matters and his local knowledge will enhance our offering to our Australian and international clients.”