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Holman Fenwick Willan boosts Asia-Pacific capabilities with Partner promotions

6 November 2012

Leading international law firm, Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) is delighted to announce the promotion of shipping lawyers Dominic Johnson and Nic van der Reyden to Partner, effective 1 November 2012.

Dominic deals with the issues arising from all types of marine casualties, including collisions, groundings, salvage, total loss, fire and explosion, wreck removal, piracy, limitation of liability and both civil and criminal liabilities. He also deals with insurance coverage and other shipping related commercial and contractual disputes. Dominic has previously spent six months on secondment in the in-house legal department of an insurance house and Lloyd’s syndicate. Dominic will relocate from London to Singapore, in the New Year.

Nic specialises in shipping litigation/dispute resolution, acting for shipowners, charterers and P&I Clubs. Prior to joining HFW in Melbourne, he practised in South Africa and England. His work involves the full range of charterparty, COA and bill of lading disputes. He also has particular experience in relation to P&I matters and liner business. Nic will relocate from Melbourne to Sydney and work with the established team there to continue growing the firm’s shipping practice on the east coast of Australia.

Commenting on the news today, Paul Hatzer, Head of Asia-Pacific said: “As we seek to consolidate our position as leading lawyers for international commerce, these promotions come at a time when we continue to see growth across the Asia-Pacific region and demonstrate our desire to provide clients with the experience and capability they need from legal advisors in the markets in which they operate.”

George Eddings, Head of HFW’s shipping practice, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dominic and Nic to the Partnership. I am particularly pleased that we continue to see “home-grown” talent come through the ranks, complementing developments we make from time-to-time through lateral hires. These promotions are in direct response to client needs”.