Six made up at HFW in reduced promotions round

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has made up six to its partnership in a round of promotions that will be effective from 1 April.

Promotions are down by a third at the firm compared to last year’s nine promotions, which were focused mainly on its foreign offices (17 April 2013).

This year all but one of the new partners are in London. Outside the UK, the firm’s Piraeus office has been boosted with the promotion of shipping and asset finance lawyer Jasel Chauhan.

At the end of last year HFW emphasised its commitment to hiring and training internationally-minded lawyers with its Global Lawyers’ Challenge for trainees that asked entrants to define what it means to be a lawyer in a globalised marketplace (23 October 2013).

According to The Lawyer’s UK200 2013, HFW’s work force grew across the board globally, but there was an obvious lawyer headcount reduction in London.

The head office saw a 14 per cent decrease in the number of lawyers from 220 to 189, while the number of fee-earners and the number of staff both dropped by about six per cent.

Outside of Europe, HFW has a large presence in Asia Pacific. According to The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150, the firm is ranked as the twentieth largest international firm in the region with a total of 108 lawyers, including 37 partners, in six offices.

HFW posted a 13.8 per cent increase in its 2012/13 turnover to £141m from £123.9m in 2011/12 (10 July 2013). 

Full list of promotions:

Jasel Chauhan, shipping and asset finance, Piraeus

Judith Prior, commodities and renewable, London

Rick Brown, commercial litigation, fraud and insolvency, London

Graham Denny, insurance and reinsurance, London

Nick Roberson, shipping, London

Tom Walters, shipping, London