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About Judith

Judith has over 30 years’ experience in commodities and international trade. Before joining HFW in 2008, she spent 25 years at a magic circle law firm in London.

Her clients include refiners, traders, financing banks, Exchanges, trade associations, government agencies and intergovernmental organisations.

She advises on all aspects of commodities trading and transportation, including physical sale contract terms, amendments to widely used GTCs, physical deliveries on exchange-traded futures markets, issues relating to documentary credits and pricing structures, shipping, environmental and regulatory issues and the resolution of disputes, whether by international institutional (e.g. LCIA, UNCITRAL) or trade arbitration (e.g. RSA, SAL, GAFTA) or in the English court.

She has particular experience of oil trading terms and disputes and oil pollution liability under international conventions including CLC, Fund Convention, Bunkers Convention and HNS.

Judith is a market leader in sugar trading contracts and disputes, regularly advising on sugar physicals and futures contracts and issues arising under the Sugar Charterparty and acting as legal adviser to arbitration tribunals appointed by both the raw and refined sugar associations. She has also advised on cocoa and coffee futures and physicals.

Judith has also advised clients in relation to a range of biofuels issues, particularly sustainability and certification requirements arising out of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the Recast RED II and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) and the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), aimed at increasing the use of fuel from renewable sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport. Most recently, she has worked with clients in relation to trading bioethanol and biodiesel derived from a variety of feedstocks, particularly wastes and residues, and advised on the EU, ISCC/Nabisy and UK approach to certification and double-counting.