Promotions at HFW

Law firm HFW has strengthened itsshipping practice with the promotion of Claire Womersley to partner and Caroline Murphy and Katherine Noble to legal director, effective April 1st 2020.

Womersley’s practice encompasses all aspects of crisis response and ensuing “wet” litigation arising from marine casualties. She is a Master Mariner and a core member of HFW’s Travel and Leisure Team, having spent nine years at sea on large passenger vessels and ro-ro freight ferries before joining HFW.

Murphy deals with a wide range of dry shipping disputes, involving charterparties and bills of lading, as well as on shipbuilding disputes and the dry aspects of shipping casualties. She also acts on contractual disputes arising out of sale and purchase contracts involving oil.

Katherine Noble specializes in asset finance with a particular emphasis on ship finance. She acts for financial institutions, export credit agencies and owners on shipping and offshore loans, and her work also covers yacht financing, ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding contracts, charterparties, ship registration and other commercial shipping matters

She specializes in asset finance with a particular emphasis on ship finance. She acts for financial institutions, export credit agencies and owners on shipping and offshore loans, and her work also covers yacht financing, ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding contracts, charterparties, ship registration and other commercial shipping matters.