HFW boosts Global Admiralty & Crisis Management team with senior hire

Law firm HFW has boosted its market-leading Admiralty & Crisis Management team with the hire of Victor Fenwick.

Mr Fenwick joins HFW’s London office from Ince & Co, where he was a partner and deputy head of the firm’s Admiralty Business Group.

HFW’s global Admiralty & Crisis Management practice now has more than 35 specialist lawyers – including 27 partners and master mariners – with dedicated emergency response teams in London, Paris, Piraeus, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Australia.

Andrew Chamberlain, Head of HFW’s Global Admiralty & Crisis Management team, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Victor to HFW. He is a hugely experienced and highly respected figure in the industry, with expertise in several key markets for our practice, including Scandinavia and Japan. Victor is a valuable addition that further strengthens our global team and underlines our continued and longstanding commitment to the maritime industry.”

Mr Fenwick has more than 25 years’ experience handling marine casualty claims in markets around the world. He advises ship owners, brokers, H&M and P&I insurers on a wide range of casualty and insurance coverage issues, including collisions, SCOPIC and LOF salvages, property and pollution limitation, cargo claims, fires and sinkings. He also acts on general average disputes, unsafe port claims, negligent repair claims and charterparty disputes.

Mr Fenwick, Legal Director, HFW, said: “I am delighted to be joining HFW’s market-leading admiralty and crisis management practice. They are very highly regarded in my specialist area, and I’m confident that I will be able to use my experience and skill set to complement their existing expertise.”

His arrival continues a period of sustained global expansion at HFW. The firm added 24 new partners in 2018, including nine internal promotions and 15 lateral hires across Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Rio de Janeiro and Singapore.

HFW also recently entered into a cooperation arrangement with Brazilian law firm CAL – its seventh international merger or association since 2016 – and opened a new office in Abu Dhabi.