Holmans raids Stephenson Harwood for ship finance push

Holman Fenwick & Willan has hired a partner and two assistants from Stephenson Harwood in a bid to develop its ship finance practice.

John Forrester, who was a partner at both Stephenson Harwood and legacy firm Sinclair Riche & Temperley, joins Holman Fenwick with assistants Ruth Allcoat and Adam Shire. Forrester becomes Holman Fenwick’s eight shipping finance partner in London.

His clients include some of the world’s largest ship finance banks as well as other lenders to shipping and offshore industries.

Holman Fenwick senior partner Roderic O’Sullivan said that the hire of Forrester and his team will enhance the firm’s transactional capability, which is an area it is looking to grow.