Holman annexes Hill Taylor Dickinson Dubai

Holman Fenwick & Willan is launching in Dubai with the takeover of shipping boutique Hill Taylor Dickinson’s Middle East office.

The transfer sees Hill Taylor Dickinson’s three Dubai partners, Edward Newitt, Rula Dajani and Richard Jowett become partners of Holman Fenwick from February 2006.

The establishment of a base in Dubai will be a major boost to Holman Fenwick’s core areas of shipping and insurance. Rival firm Clyde & Co is already present in the region.

Hill Taylor Dickinson’s managing partner Malcolm Taylor said the move was due to a decision to refocus the firm’s growth from its offices in London and Piraeus.

The office lease will also be taken over by Holman Fenwick, which secured its Dubai operating license in September. Hill Taylor Dickinson staff are being offered jobs at Holman Fenwick.

Meanwhile Holman Fenwick’s Shanghai resident partner Andrew Cutler is leaving the firm for a P&I club in December, sparking a review of the firm’s offering in the city.

Hong Kong corporate maritime partner Henry Fung is to move to Shanghai as office managing partner in Cutler’s place. Additionally, former Hong Kong managing partner Peter Rees Smith is returning to practice after two years of retirement to become a consultant in Shanghai.