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HFW announces new Senior Associates for all core sectors and regions

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has announced the promotion of 17 new senior associates, effective 1 April 2022.

The promotions continue HFW's growth across its international network and core sectors, spanning Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pac, and each of the firm's global industry groups: aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, and shipping.

HFW has also announced the promotion of five new partners and two new legal directors, effective 1 April 2022, further strengthening its global offering.

Jeremy Shebson, Managing Partner, HFW: "We are very pleased to welcome our newest Senior Associates. We are always proud to see our people progress at HFW, and I wish them every success in this next step of their careers. Congratulations to all."

New Senior Associates

Alison Tasker (Insurance & Reinsurance, London)

Alison specialises in insurance and reinsurance disputes, and advises (re)insurers, brokers and policyholders in connection with a wide range of lines of business, including general liability, property damage/business interruption, professional indemnity and D&O policies. Additionally, Alison has gained extensive experience acting for a variety of professionals and their insurers in defending professional negligence claims.

Andrew Ross (Construction, London)

Andrew advises on construction and engineering projects in the UK and internationally. He acts for contractors, subcontractors, employers, consultants and funders, particularly in the infrastructure and energy sectors. His experience encompasses the full lifecycle of projects from contract negotiation, to live project advice and dispute resolution. He advises on arbitration, adjudication, mediation and litigation. Andrew is qualified in England & Wales and in Scotland.

Anne-Marie Pearce (Commodities, Geneva)

Anne-Marie advises banks, financiers and trading companies on trade finance matters, including bilateral, club and syndicated facilities, prepayments, security arrangements and collateral management and stock monitoring agreements, as well as structured trade finance. She also acts for trading companies in international disputes involving various physical commodities, including disputes relating to quality, contamination, fraud, non-delivery and non-payment. Anne-Marie also regularly advises banks and trading companies on international sanctions.

Brian Ng (Energy, Hong Kong)

Brian focuses his practice on corporate and commercial matters, including initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, secondary fund-raising transactions, and compliance and regulatory issues. In addition, he also has had experience in matters relating to fund formation. Brian is dual qualified in Hong Kong and New York. He is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Daniel Johnson (Construction, London)

Daniel specialises in construction disputes and avoidance. He has experience of a range of dispute resolution procedures including arbitration, litigation, mediation and adjudication. He also has experience of risk advisory and non-contentious work, including advising on and negotiating complex EPC contracts and associated construction contract documentation.

Ella Wallwork (Construction, Melbourne)

Ella is an experienced construction and insurance litigator. Ella specialises in providing ongoing project counsel and large-scale dispute resolution. She has experience in a variety of construction matters including highly technical engineering defects claims, complex payment claims and claims against project insurers. Ella has experience with a range of dispute resolution mechanisms, including formal court proceedings, arbitration, expert determination, and adjudication. Ella's practice benefits from her valuable insight into the market specific nuances in the construction, mining, and insurance industries throughout Australia.

Isabella Paganin (Construction, Sydney)

Isabella specialises in employment law across a variety of industries. Her work spans a wide range of contentious and non-contentious workplace relations matters from managing day-to-day workplace issues such as performance, discipline and dismissal, advising on restructuring and redundancy, conducting workplace investigations, advising on contracts, awards, enterprise agreements and policies, and acting in employment litigation.

Jake Reddie (Construction, Sydney)

Jake is an employment lawyer able to advise clients in a range of workplace related matters including compliance with industrial legislation and modern awards, termination of employment, contracts and policies and managing ill and injured employees. In addition to advisory work, Jake also has extensive experience with employment related disputes and litigation in state and federal courts and tribunals, including in relation to unfair dismissal, general protections, underpayments, discrimination, and restraint of trade.

Marc Ghammachi (Shipping, Dubai)

Marc advises on both transactional and contentious matters. He focuses on advising clients on broad range of contractual and commercial arrangements, including Offtake Agreements, (Master) Service Agreements, and General Terms and Conditions of Service. On the dispute resolution side, Marc advises on charterparty, bill of lading, and sale and purchase disputes. He regularly acts for ship owners and operators, logistics providers, cargo owners and traders, charterers, as well as P&I Clubs and underwriters.

Michael Bekkali (Shipping, Paris)

Michael specialises in transportation law, in particular shipping law. He deals with international commercial disputes and with complex cross-border issues, such as conflicts of law and jurisdiction. Michael also regularly represents clients before the criminal courts, particularly in transport and white-collar crime matters and advises on proceedings initiated before civil and commercial courts in Francophone Africa. Michael is fluent in French, English, Arabic and Slovak.

Philip Kelleher (Commodities, Hong Kong)

Philip specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, with particular focus on shipping, commodities, insolvency and fraud. He has worked on various complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes, acting for a range of clients including banks, traders, insurers, ship-owners, charterers and other corporations.

Raquel Andrade (Insurance/ Reinsurance, Melbourne)

Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Raquel worked as a lawyer in Brazil for almost 6 years. Raquel specialises in general commercial disputes and litigation, particularly insurance and reinsurance disputes, and has experience advising on insurance coverage and risk management. Raquel has acted for large corporations in the financial, construction, mining and food industries in a wide range of complex and multijurisdictional matters, including high profile cross-border liability insurance claims and high-value property damage claims.

Sadhvi Mohindru (Energy, Singapore)

Sadhvi is an experienced cross-border disputes specialist. Her wide spectrum of skills includes advisory at the stage of contract drafting and pre-arbitration/dispute resolution strategy and guidance. She regularly represents clients in international arbitrations administered by institutions across the globe. Sadhvi advises a varied range of clients in the upstream sector, including prominent marine offshore contractors.

Sammy Beedan (Aerospace, Singapore)

Sammy’s practice is focused on dispute resolution and crisis management in the aviation sector. He advises airlines, airports, ground handlers, MROs and manufacturers (and their insurers) on liability, and acts for clients on leasing, general contractual, and coverage disputes. He has experience of handling major losses and aviation accidents in multiple jurisdictions in Asia and Europe. He speaks German, Mandarin and Mongolian.

Simon Banner (Insurance/Reinsurance, London)

Simon specialises in international commercial dispute resolution, focussing on the insurance and reinsurance sector. He advises on major (re)insurance losses, usually complex, cross-border and high-value, across all lines of (re)insurance including property, marine (cargo and H&M), energy, construction/CAR, BI, liability/casualty, financial lines, D&O, specie and reinsurance. As well as advising on coverage disputes, he has experience of defence of liability claims, subrogation, policy review, and general commercial litigation and risk management matters. 

Stephanie Morton (Commodities, London)

Stephanie specialises in international dispute resolution, with a particular focus on commercial disputes, commodities, shipping and trade. She enjoys providing creative legal solutions to commercial challenges arising in connection with sale contracts, charterparties, bills of lading, and storage. In addition to contentious matters, Stephanie advises on day-to-day trading and shipping issues including contractual wording.

Tom Morrison (Shipping, Melbourne)

Tom specialises in shipping dispute resolution and his practice encompasses a broad range of casualty, regulatory, and contractual matters. He has experience advising on criminal and civil litigation across the shipping and logistics sectors in the Asia-Pacific, ranging from charterparty and bills of lading disputes, sanctions, pollution, ship arrest, live export, fire, groundings, collisions, and detentions.

About HFW

HFW is a leading global law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy and resources, insurance, and shipping sectors. The firm has more than 600 lawyers, including 185 partners, based in offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. HFW prides itself on its deep industry expertise and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.

For further information, please contact:

Chris Johnson
Head of Communications
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