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HFW Achieves Top-Tier Rankings In The 2023-24 Edition Of The Legal 500 UK

5 October 2023

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has once again been recognised as a leading practice in the 2023-24 edition of The Legal 500 UK, a guide to the country’s best lawyers and law firms.

HFW achieved 21 practice rankings in the 2023-24 guide – with nine in Tier 1 or Tier 2 – covering a wide range of areas including aviation, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, shipping, disputes, and finance.

HFW also has eight lawyers ranked in the ‘Hall of Fame’ 13 lawyers ranked as ‘Leading Individuals’, nine ranked as ‘Next Generation Partners’, and a further four ranked as ‘Rising Stars’.

The Legal 500 highlighted HFW’s “stellar roster of clients” and “long track record of success in a range of sectors”, while clients, who were contacted by The Legal 500 to provide anonymous testimonials to support the rankings described the firm as “a highly experienced team with enormous breadth and depth of expertise – one of the market leaders in London and internationally.”

Other client testimonials include:

“HFW is completely unique in its proposition, spanning numerous jurisdictions around the world. Very few can match its varied reach and at such scale.”

“What distinguishes HFW is its unique understanding of the business needs of the client. The team concentrates on providing solutions instead of evidencing only the risks without giving the way out.”

“Wonderfully diverse and collaborative group of lawyers that always give 110% to every case.”

“A smooth operation acting in highly complex, high-value commercial litigation.”

“Experienced, highly competent, and very responsive across all levels of seniority. Communication and delegation between the team is good, so service levels are high.”

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 Rankings in The Legal 500 UK 2023-24

  • Aviation -Tier 1
  • Commodities Disputes – Tier 1
  • Shipping – Tier 1
  • Construction: Contentious – Tier 2
  • Insurance And Reinsurance Litigation – Tier 2
  • Insurance Litigation: For Policyholders – Tier 2
  • Insurance: Corporate and Regulatory – Tier 2
  • Professional Negligence – Tier 2
  • Travel – Tier 2
  • Construction: Non-Contentious – Tier 3
  • Power (Including Electricity, Nuclear and Renewables) – Tier 3
  • Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (Advice To Corporates) – Tier 3
  • Transport Finance and Leasing – Tier 3
  • Commercial Contracts – Tier 4
  • Commercial Litigation: Premium – Tier 4
  • Fraud: Civil – Tier 4
  • M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m – 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 2023-24
  • Alistair Feeney (Commodities: Disputes)
  • Andrew Bandurka (Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation)
  • Barry Vitou (Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime
  • Brian Perrott (Commodities: Disputes)
  • Damian Honey (Commercial Litigation: Premium)
  • Jean Koh (Shipping)
  • Noel Campbell (Fraud: Civil)
  • Paolo Ghirardani (Shipping)
HFW ‘Leading Individuals’ in The Legal 500 UK 2023-24
  • Alex Kyriakoulis (M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals), £100M-£750M)
  • Andrew Chamberlain (Shipping)
  • Anne-Marie Ottaway – (Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime)
  • Bob Haken (Insurance: Corporate and Regulatory)
  • Damian Honey (Commodities: Disputes)
  • Elinor Dautlich (Shipping)
  • Jim Cashman (Shipping)
  • Judith Prior (Commodities: Disputes)
  • Michael Sergeant (Construction: Contentious)
  • Paul Dean (Shipping)
  • Richard Neylon (Shipping)
  • Rory Butler (Shipping)
  • Zohar Zik (Aviation)

HFW ‘Next Generation Partners’ in The Legal 500 UK 2023-24
  • Alex Kemp (Shipping)
  • Barbara Pansadoro (Aviation; Transport Finance and Leasing)
  • Claire Womersley (Shipping)
  • Gudmund Bernitz (Transport Finance and Leasing)
  • Michael Ritter (Shipping)
  • Rebecca Quayle (Transport Finance and Leasing)
  • Richard Booth (Construction: Non Contentious) & Power: including Electricity, Nuclear and Renewables)
  • Rupert Warren (Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation)
  • William MacLachlan (Travel)

HFW ‘Rising Stars’ in The Legal 500 UK 2023-24
  • Barbara Pansadoro (Aviation; Transport Finance and Leasing)
  • David Chalcraft (Commercial Litigation: Premium)
  • Jenny Salmon (Shipping)
  • Mark Waters (Aviation)

    See the full rankings:  here.

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