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HFW Partner Richard Neylon Named Among UK’s 100 Top Lawyers

29 January 2019

HFW partner Richard Neylon has been named in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ 2019.

The Lawyer says that the list comprises the lawyers “at the top of their game…acting on the most significant matters, disrupting the industry with their creative flair or transforming their organisations”.

Richard is widely regarded as the world’s leading piracy and hostage lawyer, having helped free more than 1,800 hostages, and was part of a team commended by the UN Security Council in 2017 for their work combating piracy.

Richard also advises international companies on terrorism, kidnapping, hijackings, extortion, drug seizures, detentions and cyber crime incidents. His broad, global practice combines complex legal issues with advice on the strategy and coordination of diplomatic, security, law enforcement, PR and investigative efforts.

He is also well-known for handling major marine casualties and has assisted clients in some of the highest-profile incidents in recent years.

Craig Neame, Head of Shipping, HFW: “I’m very pleased to see Richard’s hard work, creativity and entrepreneurialism recognised by The Lawyer. Richard has carved out a truly unique practice and has established a well-deserved reputation as the market’s go-to lawyer for difficult, esoteric issues in challenging and hostile environments.”

You can read The Lawyer’s profile of Richard here:


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