Patrick Hawkins of Hill Dickinson dies

International maritime law specialist Hill Dickinson has announced the death of Patrick Hawkins, head of its office in Greece, an “industry giant”.

Patrick, aged 59, died in hospital on Thursday 20th August, having suffered a heart attack in early July. His funeral took place in Athens on Monday August 24th.

David Wareing and Tony Goldsmith, heads of Hill Dickinson’s Marine and Trade Group, said that “Patrick’s total commitment to his work and clients continued until the day he was taken ill, which makes his passing even more of a shock to all his colleagues and friends in Hill Dickinson”.

He had been with Hill Dickinson and Hill Taylor Dickinson for 33 years and for the past 26 years as founding partner and head of the firm’s Piraeus Office.

David Pitlarge, Hill Dickinson partner, who was recruited by Patrick in Piraeus in 2005, said that “as a practitioner Patrick was extremely knowledgeable, quick and tremendously versatile. He had a genuine mastery of the various esoteric aspects of shipping law, knowledge of which is required to advise shipping clients. He also understood – very well – all aspects of the law of marine insurance – most recently successfully taking the landmark, and important, case of the Renos to the Supreme Court. This was reflected in his wide client base which included some of the world’s leading shipowners, P&I insurers and salvors.

Awarding him its ‘Leading Individual’ award in 2019, Legal 500 described Patrick as ‘a leading figure in the market for many years’.

David Wareing said that “the strength and significance of our Greek office is a lasting legacy to Patrick’s supreme professionalism.”

Hill Dickinson has opened a virtual Book of Remembrance on its website and a commemorative service will be held in Greece as soon as pandemic restrictions are safely lifted.