HFW makes nine promos as new MP takes the helm

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has made nine partnership promotions as the firm’s global head of shipping and transport George Eddings steps into the role of managing partner.

The majority of the promotions concentrate on core practice sectors outside the London office, with new partners spanning the firm’s offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, Europe and Latin America, with just one promotion coming from London.

The internal promotions are in line with long-term objectives for HFW, which last year enjoyed a 10 per cent increase in total revenue from £112.5m to £123.9m after the firm pinpointed international development and expansion as the key to powering top-line growth.

There have also been a number of management changes at the firm, with all moves effective immediately. The firm’s global shipping and transport head George Eddings has stepped into the role of managing partner while former chief Greg Gray, who had been in the role since 2003, will continue to practise in London. Meanwhile, London partner Paul Dean has filled Eddings’ shoes as global shipping head.

Shipping and regulatory specialist Daniel Martin is the only London-based lawyer to become a partner in this latest round, compared to two City promotions this time last year. Although the majority of promotions came from outside of London this year, the firm recorded a strong London performance during 2012 with a 19 per cent increase in revenue, from £56.2m to £67.1m, underpinning total growth.

Elsewhere, construction lawyer Vincent Liu and aerospace expert Ashleigh Williamson were made up in Hong Kong, while shipping lawyer Michael Buisset was made up in Singapore alongside Dominic Johnson, who will move to the office from London, and Paul Apostolis, who will move from Hong Kong.

The firm has established a strong presence in Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China, driven by its dominant litigation practice, which represents 83 per cent (£102m) of global turnover.

The firm was also an early entrant into the Australian market and in 2010/11 launched in Perth, where corporate lawyer Matthew Blych has made partner. Meanwhile, in the firm’s Dubai office, litigator Yaman Al Hawamdeh and corporate lawyer Ian Chung have been promoted.

Aviation specialist Fernando Albino has also been promoted in São Paulo. The firm gained the South American base in October 2011, when it took an eight-partner aviation and aerospace team from legacy Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (12 October 2011).

Paris-based insurance lawyer Pierre-Olivier Leblance was the only lawyer outside of London to be promoted in Europe this year.

Neither Eddings or Gray were available for comment at the time of writing.