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Holman Fenwick & Willan has poached a highly rated commodities team from rival shipping specialist Hill Taylor Dickinson.
Partner Brian Perrott and two assistants will join Holmans on 1 February. The move sees Perrott return to the firm where he trained before he moved on to other roles, including a spell as head of litigation for agricultural giant Cargill.
Perrott has been a partner at Hill Taylor Dickinson for five years. His practice is contentious and focuses on maritime and trading law, including war risk clauses and dangerous cargoes. He also handles mediation and arbitration work.
Holmans trade and energy group head Chris Swart said: "Brian's an obvious recruit for us. We've known him for many years, normally as an opponent. He's an entrepreneurial guy and we're that kind of group."
He added that the group accounts for a quarter of Holmans' work.
The hires come after a busy two months for the firm, which annexed Hill Taylor Dickinson's three-partner Dubai office at the end of November. In mid-December, it raided Australian firms Middletons and Blake Dawson Waldron for a Melbourne launch, set for March this year.