HFW launches Monaco office with team from Ince

Legal firm HFW is to launch an office in Monaco after hiring a team from Ince. The Monaco practice will be led by partners Ian Cranston, Andrew Charlier and Marco Crusafio.  The team, which will also include legal directors Ian Fisher and Ruth Monahan, associate George Kaye and trainee legal executive Laura Pike, will specialize in shipping, yachts, business aviation, international trade, commodities, energy and insurance.

They will join HFW in early September 2019 from Ince, where Ian Cranston was Monaco Office Head and Andrew was Global Head of Yachts.

HFW head of shipping Paul Dean said: “We’re thrilled to be able to welcome Ian, Andrew, Marco and the team to HFW. We’ve been interested in the Monaco market for quite some time, but we were only ever going to make a move if we could bring them on board – they’re the clear market leaders and we wouldn’t settle for anything less. These hires further enhance our ability to provide first-class advice to shipping, maritime and yachting clients in key markets around the world, and illustrates our deep and longstanding commitment to the sector.”

Jay Tooker, Partner, HFW: “This is a major development for our global yacht practice. It isn’t every day that you get an opportunity to bring in the number one yacht team in Monaco, the centre of yachting in Europe. Andrew has vast experience and expertise, and rightly enjoys an outstanding reputation with clients across the industry.”

Ian Cranston advises clients in Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Greece and worldwide on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious dry and wet shipping issues, with particular expertise in charterparty and bill of lading disputes, carriage of goods by sea and cargo claims, ship sale and purchase and MOA disputes, and admiralty matters.

Ian Fisher specialises in dry shipping disputes and issues relating to shipbuilding contracts. He also advises clients on offshore oil and gas, international trade and commodities disputes, construction disputes and insurance. Ian is highly experienced in international arbitration and has previously worked in London, Tokyo and Singapore.

Ruth Monahan has practised in Monaco since 2011 and acts for ship owners, charterers, operators, traders and insurers on a broad range of commercial disputes. She has particular expertise in issues relating to chartering and operations, and has experience of litigation, arbitration and mediation. Ruth also advises on transactions in the international trade and commodities sectors.

Richard Crump, Global Senior Partner, HFW: “Monaco has always had a strategic interest for us because of its strong trading, shipping and yachts business, which are core parts of our practice globally. The arrival of this excellent team will continue the significant international development of HFW. We have changed beyond all recognition as a firm over the past four years, thanks to the support of our clients, and will now have 20 offices across five continents. We have ambitious plans to continue that growth and will actively pursue strategic opportunities across our core sectors, services and geographies.”