Watson Farley takes a team of four from Holman Fenwick in Hong Kong

Watson Farley & Williams has hired a team of four lawyers from Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) in Hong Kong to strengthen its dispute resolution and projects practice.

The team joining Watson Farley consists of partner Richard Wilmot and associates Andrew Carpenter, Josephine Chan and Noelle Doo. Wilmot has been a partner at HFW in Hong Kong since 2000. His practice focuses on contracts for the supply, transportation, sale and purchase, and storage of petroleum products, coal, LNG and LPG. He also represents clients in dispute resolution.

Watson Farley opened its Hong Kong office earlier this year after hiring corporate finance partner Loretta Lau from Goodwin Procter (17 February 2012).

The firm now has three offices in Asia, based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. According to Watson Farley managing partner Michael Greville, the enlarged Hong Kong office “provides an excellent base for further development in Hong Kong and into China”.

Holman Fenwick, which has been in Asia Pacific for three decades, has been losing talent to new market entrants. Last month, Reed Smith hired two partners from Holman Fenwick’s Singapore office for its launch in the city state (9 October 2012). In September, its Sydney head David Coogans left to join newly established Hong Kong firm Howse Williams Bowers (4 September 2012)

In early November, Holman Fenwick promoted two shipping partners in the region, Dominic Johnson and Nic van der Reyden, to reinforce its partnership in Singapore and Sydney respectively.