HFW makes up nine in global commerce push

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has promoted nine associates to its international ­partnership, with six London lawyers getting the nod.

Greg Gray
Greg Gray

Managing partner Greg Gray said the promotions were aligned with the firm’s strategic focus on international commerce work.

The firm’s Asian network has received a boost of three new partners, including maritime specialists Patrick Cheung in Hong Kong and Julian Davies, who joined the firm in Shanghai from Ince & Co in March.

In Singapore offshore ­specialist Chanaka Kumara-singhe has joined the firm’s partnership.

HFW’s City marine practice has been bolstered with three partner promotions, while the international trade practice received an additional two partners and Brian Gordon will join the corporate ­commercial ­practice with a focus on mining and energy work.

The promotions come just a week after HFW ­raided London rival Barlow Lyde & Gilbert for its eight-strong international ­aviation practice.

Gray said: “We’re pleased because our offering is ­international commerce and this move is about ­taking that off the ground. Aviation’s an area we’re strong in.”

The firm is also close to opening a third office in Australia, as revealed by The Lawyer (8 March 2010).

Gray said HFW expected to open a Perth office “in the next month or two” with a small team of partners on the ground.

The firm is expecting to break through the £100m turnover barrier for the 2010-11 financial year after posting a revenue of £99.6m in 2009-10.