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HFW Partner Rory Butler named among most influential people in Shipping

HFW partner Rory Butler has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the shipping industry and one of the market’s top 10 lawyers.

Leading trade publication Lloyd’s List said the list represents "the very best legal minds across maritime law".

One of the barristers surveyed by Lloyd’s List for the report said that Rory gets "top billing" among shipping lawyers and is "virtually ubiquitous at the moment".

Rory specialises in multi-jurisdictional shipping disputes, covering both dry and admiralty matters. He recently acted for Russian shipping company Sovcomflot in a successful cargo sale action against Venezuelan state-owned oil and gas company PDVSA – the first time that such a sale order has been contested in the English Courts.

Craig Neame, Head of Shipping, HFW: “I’m really happy to see Rory receive this well-deserved accolade. Rory is an outstanding lawyer – I never cease to be impressed by his technical knowledge, tireless work ethic and his dedication to his clients.”

You can see the full Lloyd’s List Top 10 here:

HFW is widely recognised as the world's leading shipping and maritime law firm and has been serving clients in the industry for 135 years. The firm has over 200 shipping lawyers and 13 Master Mariners across 20 international offices, specialising in dry shipping, admiralty and crisis management, and transactional work. It represents the full spectrum of those involved in the industry, including shipowners and charterers, P&I Clubs, banks, international agencies, shipyards, marine insurance underwriters, governments and brokers.

About HFW

HFW is a leading global law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance and shipping sectors. The firm has almost 600 fee-earners, including 180 partners, based in 20 offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. We take a progressive approach to our roles in commercial business – thinking creatively and pragmatically to support our clients. HFW prides itself on its deep industry expertise and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.

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