12 October 2011
Following the conclusion of formalities, leading international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) is delighted to welcome the eight partner team formerly making up Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s (BLG) well respected global aerospace and aviation group. The eight partners will work across five office locations – London, Hong Kong, Singapore, São Paulo and Dubai – and add significantly to HFW’s international commerce offering, giving it a new, leading position in the market for aerospace and aviation law. The team will join HFW effective 17 October 2011.
The partners are: Sue Barham (London), Peter Coles (Hong Kong), Richard Gimblett (London and Dubai), Mert Hifzi (Singapore), Nicholas Hughes (London), Giles Kavanagh (London), Keith Richardson (Singapore) and Jeremy Shebson (London and São Paulo). In addition to the partners, 16 associates also join with them.
As a result of the hires, HFW is also now able to confirm the opening of an office in São Paulo. The former BLG office gives HFW its first foothold in the South American market, a market already identified by the firm as strategically important across a number of its core sectors, including insurance, shipping, ports & terminals, energy, commodities and mining.
Commenting on the news today, HFW senior partner Richard Crump said:
“We are delighted that we are now able to conclude the hire of this well respected team of lawyers. Discussions with the group over recent weeks have shown that the team will be an excellent fit for HFW, both in terms of practice and culturally, and the new capability they bring serves to increase further the range of services available to our existing clients. We very much look forward to working with them.”
For further information please contact Richard Crump, Senior Partner, on +44 (0)20 7264 8245 or [email protected], or Greg Gray, Managing Partner, on +44 (0)20 7264 8511 or [email protected], or James Huckle, Commercial Director, on +44 (0)20 7264 8554 or [email protected]