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HFW names new partners and legal directors

UK-based international sector-focused law firm HFW has named three new shipping Partners and three new Legal Directors, effective April 1st 2024.

The new Shipping Partners are:

Rami Al Tal (Shipping, Dubai). Al Tal 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): Morgan 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): Thompson is a Master Mariner in HFW’s 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.

The new Legal Directors are:

Nicola Hui (Shipping, Hong Kong): Hui specializes 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. Hui works closely with owners, operators, and traders in China/Asia-Pacific trades.

Mona Dejean (Shipping, Paris): Dejean specializes in maritime matters and has more than 15 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): O’Connell focuses 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.