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HFW’s Jean Koh Named Among Most Influential People In Shipping Industry

30 November 2022

HFW shipping partner Jean Koh has been named by Lloyd’s List as one of the 100 most influential people in the maritime industry and one of the market’s top 10 lawyers globally.

Jean is HFW’s Head of Dry Shipping and specialises in shipping litigation, focusing on a wide range of contractual shipping disputes including charterparties, bills of lading, cargo claims, commodities and trade disputes, MOA disputes, bunker disputes, and shipbuilding disputes.

She represents owners, charterers, shipyards and their insurers around the world, but with a particular geographical focus on the Japanese market.

Jean is regularly instructed on the market’s highest-profile matters, most recently acting for the ship owners and P&I insurers of the container vessel MV Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal for six days in the most significant shipping and global markets matter in recent times.

Jean Koh, Head of Dry Shipping, HFW:

“It’s such an honour to be included in this list. I’d like to thank my colleagues at HFW and of course my clients for their support and friendship throughout my career. I’m proud to be part of this great team, and of the work we do for our clients around the world and across the industry.”

It is the fifth consecutive year that an HFW partner has been named by Lloyd’s List as one of the market’s top 10 shipping lawyers. HFW’s Global Head of Shipping Paul Dean featured in the list in 2019 and 2020, and shipping partners Claire Womersley and Rory Butler were included in 2021 and 2018, respectively.

HFW has the world’s leading shipping and maritime law practice, and has been serving clients in the industry for almost 140 years.

The firm has more than 200 shipping lawyers and 11 Master Mariners across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, specialising in dry shipping, admiralty and crisis management, and transactional work.

HFW has more top-tier rankings for shipping in Chambers and The Legal 500 than any other law firm, and The Lawyer’s Litigation Tracker shows that HFW has handled over 60% more shipping litigation cases in the English Courts since 2015 than its nearest rival.

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