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HFW recognised as a leading law firm in Asia Pacific

22 January 2024

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has been recognised as a leading firm in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Guide 2024, which highlights the region’s top lawyers and law firms. The firm achieved 14 practice rankings and 19 individual rankings across the region, which includes offices across Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore and Sydney.

HFW maintained its Tier 1 ranking in Transport: Shipping in Australia, as well as its Tier 1 rankings in Shipping in Hong Kong, and Shipping: Foreign Firms in Singapore. This year the firm also achieved a Tier 1 ranking in Insurance: Foreign Firms (Singapore).

In Australia, HFW was also named a Firm to Watch in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, and in Construction Projects & Infrastructure.

The firm has also maintained Tier 2 rankings across Insurance (Australia), Shipping Finance and Aviation Finance (Hong Kong), and Asset Finance: Foreign Firms and Insurance: Foreign Firms (Singapore).

Client testimonials in the Legal 500 2024 Guide described HFW as ” technically of the highest standards” and “friendly, professional and responsive”, with “a good mix of intelligence, commerciality and approachability.”

HFW is ranked Tier 1 in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Guide 2024 for:

  • Asset Finance: Foreign Firms (Singapore).
  • Transport: Shipping (Australia)
  • Shipping (Hong Kong)
  • Shipping: Foreign Firms (Singapore)

HFW ‘Hall of Fame’ Lawyers:

  • George Lamplough – Shipping, Hong Kong
  • Maurice Thompson – Transport: Shipping, Australia
  • Gavin Vallely – Transport: Shipping, Australia

HFW ‘Leading Individuals’:

  • Christopher Chan – Shipping, Hong Kong
  • Patrick Cheung – Shipping Finance, Hong Kong
  • John Forrester – Asset Finance: Foreign Firms, Singapore, and Shipping: Foreign Firms, Singapore
  • Mert Hifzi – Insurance: Foreign Firms, Singapore
  • Richard Jowett – Insurance, Australia
  • Chris Metcalf – Shipping: Foreign Firms, Singapore
  • Simon Shaddick – Transport: Shipping, Australia
  • Toby Stephens – Shipping: Foreign Firms, Singapore
  • Maurice Thompson – Transport: Aviation, Australia
  • Justin Sun – Aviation Finance, Hong Kong

HFW ‘Next Generation Partners’:

  • Bryn Davis – Natural Resources (Transactions and Regulatory), Australia
  • Angie Lo – Shipping, Hong Kong
  • Brendan McCashin – Insurance, Australia
  • Kate Seaton – Insurance: Foreign Firms, Singapore

HFW ‘Rising Stars’:

  • Nicola Hui – Shipping, Hong Kong 

This follows the release of the 2024 Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, where HFW achieved 32 practice and lawyer rankings, including maintaining its Band 1 rankings for Shipping and Shipping Litigation across the Asia-Pacific Region, Australia and Singapore, as well as its Band 1 ranking for Climate Change across the region.

HFW’s full rankings in the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2024 can be found here:

Press Contact
Kelly Murray
Senior Manager, Communications APAC