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HFW achieves top-tier rankings in the 2022-23 edition of the Legal 500 UK

29 September 2022

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has once again been recognised as a leading practice in the 2022-23 edition of The Legal 500 UK, a guide to the country’s best lawyers and law firms.

HFW achieved 21 practice rankings in the 2022-23 guide, covering a wide range of areas including aerospace, commodities, construction, energy and resources, insurance, shipping, disputes and finance.

HFW also have seven lawyers ranked in the ‘Hall of Fame’ 16 lawyers ranked as ‘Leading Individuals’, eight ranked as ‘Next Generation Partners’ and a further four ranked as ‘Rising Stars’.

Clients, who were contacted by The Legal 500 to provide anonymous testimonials to support the rankings, said that:

‘HFW are my go-to law firm when I have a legal dispute that is complex and not run of the mill. Their ability to think outside the box and quickly attend meetings is crucial to facilitate a strategy and scenario options enabling, where possible, the timely and appropriate resolution of the dispute.’

‘Exceptional service – HFW take care of the details very well. They are extremely responsive and willing to go the extra mile to get the deal across the line.’

‘Very approachable and proactive, business-focused team. Constantly reviewing and refreshing its offering and trying to be as user-friendly as possible.’

The Legal 500 rankings are based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative research and client feedback, with assessments made on a variety of factors including the strength and depth of the practice, and a firm’s ability to handle the most complex and innovative work.

HFW Tier 1 Rankings in The Legal 500 UK 2022-23:

    • Commodities Disputes – Tier 1
    • Aviation -Tier 1
    • Shipping – Tier 1
    • Insurance And Reinsurance Litigation – Tier 2
    • Insurance Litigation: For Policyholders – Tier 2
    • Professional Negligence – Tier 2
    • Construction: Contentious – Tier 2
    • Travel – Tier 2
    • Transport Finance and Leasing – Tier 3
    • Insurance: Corporate and Regulatory – Tier 3
    • Power (Including Electricity, Nuclear and Renewables) – Tier 3 – IMPROVED
    • Construction: Non-Contentious – Tier 3
    • Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (Advice To Corporates) – Tier 3
    • Commercial Contracts – Tier 4
    • M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £50m-£500m – Tier 4
    • Fraud: Civil – Tier 4
    • Commercial Litigation: Premium – Tier 4
    • Oil And Gas – Tier 4
    • EU And Competition – Tier 6
    • International Arbitration – Tier 6
    • Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency – Tier 8

    HFW ‘Hall of Fame’ in The Legal 500 UK 2022-23:

    • Andrew Bandurka (Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation)
    • Barry Vitou (Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime) – NEW RANKING
    • Brian Perrott (Commodities: Disputes)
    • Damian Honey (Commercial Litigation: Premium)
    • Giles Kavanagh (Aviation)
    • Noel Campbell (Fraud: Civil)
    • Paolo Ghirardani (Shipping)

    HFW ‘Leading Individuals’ in The Legal 500 UK 2022-23:

    • Alex Kyriakoulis (M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £50M-£500M)
    • Alistair Feeney (Commodities: Disputes)
    • Andrew Chamberlain (Shipping)
    • Anne-Marie Ottaway – (Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime) – NEW RANKING
    • Craig Neame (Shipping)
    • Damian Honey (Commodities: Disputes)
    • Elinor Dautlich (Shipping)
    • Jean Koh (Shipping) – NEW RANKING
    • Jim Cashman (Shipping)
    • Judith Prior (Commodities: Disputes)
    • Michael Sergeant (Construction: Contentious)
    • Paul Dean (Shipping)
    • Richard Neylon (Shipping)
    • Rory Butler (Shipping)
    • Tony Rice (Transport Finance and Leasing)
    • Zohar Zik (Aviation)

    HFW ‘Next Generation Partners’ in The Legal 500 UK 2022-23:
    • Alex Kemp (Shipping)
    • Claire Womersley (Shipping) – NEW RANKING
    • Gudmund Bernitz (Transport Finance and Leasing)
    • Michael Ritter (Shipping)
    • Rebecca Quayle (Transport Finance and Leasing) – NEW RANKING
    • Richard Booth (Construction: Non Contentious – NEW RANKING; Power: including Electricity, Nuclear and Renewables)
    • Rupert Warren (Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation) – NEW RANKING
    • William MacLachlan (Travel)

    HFW ‘Rising Stars’ in The Legal 500 UK 2022-23:
    • Barbara Pansadoro (Aviation; Transport Finance and Leasing)
    • David Chalcraft (Commercial Litigation: Premium) – NEW RANKING
    • Jenny Salmon (Shipping) – NEW RANKING
    • Mark Waters (Aviation)

    See the full rankings here:

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