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HFW Boosts Global Admiralty & Crisis Management Team with Senior Hire

7 January 2019

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has boosted its market-leading Admiralty & Crisis Management team with the hire of Victor Fenwick.

Victor joins HFW’s London office from Ince & Co, where he was a partner and deputy head of the firm’s Admiralty Business Group.

HFW’s global Admiralty & Crisis Management practice now has more than 35 specialist lawyers – including 27 partners and master mariners – with dedicated emergency response teams in London, Paris, Piraeus, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Australia.

Andrew Chamberlain, Head of HFW’s Global Admiralty & Crisis Management team:
“I am thrilled to welcome Victor to HFW. He is a hugely experienced and highly respected figure in the industry, with expertise in several key markets for our practice, including Scandinavia and Japan. Victor is a valuable addition that further strengthens our global team and underlines our continued and longstanding commitment to the maritime industry.”

Victor has more than 25 years’ experience handling marine casualty claims in markets around the world. He advises shipowners, brokers, H&M and P&I insurers on a wide range of casualty and insurance coverage issues, including collisions, SCOPIC and LOF salvages, property and pollution limitation, cargo claims, fires and sinkings. Victor also acts on general average disputes, unsafe port claims, negligent repair claims and charterparty disputes.

Victor Fenwick, Legal Director, HFW:
“I am delighted to be joining HFW’s market-leading admiralty and crisis management practice. They are very highly regarded in my specialist area, and I’m confident that I will be able to use my experience and skill set to complement their existing expertise.”

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 more than 200 shipping lawyers and 13 master mariners across 20 international offices, specialising in dry shipping, admiralty and crisis management, and transactional work. The team works with 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.

Victor’s arrival continues a period of sustained global expansion at HFW.

The firm added 24 new partners in 2018, including nine internal promotions and 15 lateral hires across Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Rio de Janeiro and Singapore.

HFW also recently entered into a cooperation arrangement with Brazilian law firm CAL – its seventh international merger or association since 2016 – and opened a new office in Abu Dhabi.


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