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HFW builds on international construction capability

11 August 2014

Leading international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) is delighted to announce that Ian Taylor has joined the firm’s Sydney office as a Partner, effective 11 August 2014.

Ian’s practice, covering both transactional and dispute resolution matters, is focused on major construction, infrastructure, mining, engineering and public works projects throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He acts for corporate and government clients and property developers, and also advises clients in the renewable energy sector, where he assists local market participants and international investors and syndicates in the development of renewable energy projects.

Nick Longley, head of the firm’s Asia-Pacific construction group said: “I am delighted that Ian has chosen to join HFW’s growing international construction team. This is an area where we see considerable opportunity and we are continuing to invest in the capabilities of our team. Clients appreciate that we are able to provide in-depth sector focused advice when handling their matters.”

Gavin Vallely, the firm’s Australia Managing Partner commented: “We are delighted to welcome Ian to the firm. His significant experience in the construction and infrastructure sector extends the capabilities we already have in this area.”

The recruitment comes on the back of significant investment in the firm’s construction capabilities over the last 18 months. In 2013, Vincent Liu was promoted to Partner in Hong Kong to support the continued growth of the construction practice through Asia-Pacific. Also in 2013, the firm welcomed the market leading ex-Maxwell Winward team of three Partners and seven Associates. The team, led by Partners Max Wieliczko, Michael Sergeant and Robert Blundell, is considered one of the largest specialist practices of its kind in the UK, with extensive experience of both domestic and international projects. This year, Partner Robert Blundell relocated to the firm’s Dubai office to support the significant growth opportunities we are seeing throughout the Middle East region.

Ian joins the firm from Dibbs Barker.

For further information, please contact Tania Phayre, Head of Marketing Communications, on +44 (0)20 7264 8546, or email

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