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We have a long-standing reputation for dispute resolution and have over recent years built up strong corporate and regulatory practices which means we can provide our clients with a full legal service across our sectors of focus.

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  • Complex Environments
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    Our team handle major incidents and disputes for underwriters and their assureds in hostile and complex environments globally. This includes matters arising from casualties, war, terrorism, political risks, kidnappings, hijackings, extortions, drug seizures, unlawful detention of people and property, and other challenging events.
  • Global Investigations and Enforcement
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    Regulatory and criminal investigations represent some of the most serious threats to any business. And with companies facing greater scrutiny than ever before – from regulators, law enforcement agencies, whistle-blowers, short-sellers, opponents in litigation, and the media – it is a risk that is only increasing. When facing an investigation, an early, strategic and coordinated response is key to achieving the best possible outcome.
  • Cyber Security
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    Our cross-jurisdictional expertise in maritime risk, crisis management, insurance and regulation means that HFW is ideally placed to assist with any cyber-related query or incident. We have a dedicated Cyber Team, which draws on the extensive skills and experience of our lawyers across our different sector groups and global offices. HFW are recognised experts in advising our clients on major incident prevention and response.
  • Data Protection
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    HFW's Data Protection practice advises clients on, and resolves issues related to regulations concerning Data Protection.
  • Digital Trade
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    At HFW, we are committed to helping our clients understand and engage with market innovations and key disruptors that have the potential to revolutionise their industries.
  • Government Services
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    Our team has wide experience and capability in assisting governments, local authorities, state corporations and international organisations, NGO's and private sector entities in their dealings.
  • Oil and Gas
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    Our team of lawyers have expertise that spans the entire oil and gas lifecycle where we support oil majors, independents and service companies at every stage of the process, including upstream advice on exploration and production sharing contracts, joint operations, service contracts, farm-ins, processing and agreements; midstream FPSOs, pipelines and LNG operations, including tenders for supply; and downstream advice on petroleum refining, marketing and distribution.
  • Fraud and Insolvency
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    Our fraud and insolvency group are experienced commercial litigators with a particular focus on dealing with high value, cross border matters where there is an overlap between fraud and insolvency. Our expertise spans a wide range of sectors and industries, as well as our knowledge of global jurisdictions and how to ensure the best possible result for our clients.
  • Employment
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    HFW's employment, litigation and counselling practice combines our long-standing, top rated reputation for litigation, with our extensive corporate management experience in running high value, multijurisdictional regulatory, complex commercial and employment battles, often in "bet the company" litigation.
  • Financial Services Regulation
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    Our lawyers provide business critical regulatory advice to financial services businesses and other sectors impacted by financial regulation.
  • Commercial
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    We specialise in advising clients on a wide range of day-to-day commercial matters across our core sectors of focus.
  • International Trade Regulation
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    HFW's international trade regulation practice advises clients on, and resolves issues related to, the impact of regulations mandated by the European Union and World Trade Organization. Our primary objective is to help clients overcome commercial obstacles related to market access and import and export-related difficulties that result from government intervention and market regulations worldwide
  • EU, Competition and Trade Regulatory
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    Our specialist EU, competition and regulatory practice covers a broad spectrum of EU/national antitrust and merger control, State aid, EU litigation, actions for damages, and EU and regulatory law matters.
  • Corporate
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    Our international corporate team has extensive experience of advising on high value, domestic and cross-border transactions. Our team combines in-depth sector expertise with experience across all corporate disciplines to deliver pragmatic and commercially valuable advice.
  • Dispute Resolution
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    Our principal strength is our experience and expertise in international litigation, arbitration and alternative forms of dispute resolution. We have specialist dispute resolution teams in all of our offices, regularly handling high-value, complex, multi-party, multi-jurisdictional disputes. Our expertise spans a wide range of sectors and industries, from banking and finance, through to insurance and commodities.
  • Finance
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    Our expertise covers the whole spectrum, from trade and asset finance, through to project finance. We are well known for our work in the shipping, offshore, yacht and corporate jet sectors, and frequently handle assets relating to the transportation industry. With an international network of offices, we have the capability and expertise to handle all finance-related enquiries.
  • Projects
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    We specialise in energy and natural resources, and major infrastructure projects, such as ports and terminals. Projects are frequently complex and multi-jurisdictional, and our lawyers regularly work as part of a team with technical and financial advisers, as well as lawyers from other jurisdictions.
  • Financial Institutions
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    Our banking and finance practice has developed to encompass all manner of domestic and international banks, and other financial institutions. Our experience ranges from infrastructure and project finance, ship and aviation finance and leasing, to Islamic finance, trade finance and private equity, as well as regulatory issues, complex accounting issues, investment fraud, and banking and finance related litigation. Clients value the in-depth industry sector experience we offer, and the significant value this can add when they have banking and finance transactions/claims.
  • Logistics
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    We have a dedicated, specialist logistics and multimodal transport team that advises clients on how to manage all issues that arise from their logistics operations. Our team provides joined-up transactional, litigation, projects and regulatory support to both customers and suppliers of logistics services, and their insurers. Our client base covers all areas of the logistics sector, including freight forwarders, warehouse operators, liner and ro-ro shipping operators, manufacturers, high street retailers, insurance companies, P&I Clubs, port and terminal operators, and IT and technical support providers.
  • Mining
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    We have a long association with the international mining sector, and our mining lawyers provide advice and support on the full range of issues our clients face in this sector, including mergers and acquisitions, projects, construction and development of terminal and storage facilities, trade and structured finance, insurance, physical trading, derivatives and sale and purchase arrangements, regulatory and EU issues and transportation, as well as advising on disputes that may arise anywhere in the world. Our clients include producers, traders, financiers and insurers in the business of selling, trading and financing mining and minerals.
  • Ports & Terminals
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    We have one of the largest teams specialising in legal matters relating to the acquisition, disposal, development and operation of national and international ports and terminals. Our team of transactional and dispute resolution lawyers has a wealth of experience, having worked on over 100 port projects in 45 countries around the globe (click here for more information).

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