Hill Dickinson names Hong Kong partner and seals local association

Hill Dickinson has appointed London partner Mike Mallin to be the resident partner for its newly open Hong Kong office and has entered into an association with local firm Laracy & Co.

Hill Dickinson received the licence to open in Hong Kong and establish an association with a local firm in August (12 August 2013). Mallin, a longstanding shipping partner, will relocate to Hong Kong in the coming week to head up the new outpost.

A highlight of his recent cases include representing the owners and insurers of Costa Concordia following its collision.

The new Hong Kong office will work closely with the firm’s Singapore office, which was opened in 2009 (12 January 2009). The Singapore office now houses four partners and six associates.

Mallin said in a statement: “Marrying Hong Kong with Singapore creates the ideal pan-Asia base for us. It’s where we’ve long known we wanted to be, where we’ve needed to be and now we’re here.”

Laracy & Co is a four-lawyer dispute resolution and shipping boutique, led by principal Damien Laracy. He set up the firm in 2009 after leaving Hong Kong litigation firm Laracy Gall, which was later renamed to Gall.

Hill Dickinson recently issued a £2.8m cash call to its partners to stabilise its balance sheet after a year of heavy investment, including the Hong Kong launch (7 August 2013). It will become the latest UK firm to move into Hong Kong, following Addleshaw Goddard which opened an office there in May (3 May 2013) and entered into an association with newly established local firm Stewien & Co last week (8 August 2013).