Law firm HFW continues to grow its offering to global shipping with the promotion of six shipping partners and legal directors, effective April 1, 2024.  

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The shipping partners include Rami Al Tal in Dubai and Tom Morgan and Mark Thompson in London. 

Al Tal assists clients with debt recovery, banking disputes, shareholder disputes, labour disputes, payment orders, sale and purchase contract disputes, enforcement of local and international awards and judgments, attachment of assets, fraud, breach of trust and shipping disputes.

Morgan, meanwhile, has a broad shipping practice. He has significant experience responding to complex, high-value marine casualties including collisions, groundings, stow collapses, fire/explosions, and dangerous cargoes, through to disputes under contracts of carriage, vessel sharing agreements and marine insurance.

Thompson will be in HFW’s shipping emergency response team, and deals with marine casualties, including collisions, groundings, cargo claims and salvage.

The legal directors are Nicola Hui in Hong Kong, Mona Dejean in Paris and Daniel O’Connell in London.

Hui specialises in both wet and dry shipping including charterparty disputes, casualties, fire and explosion, general average, and total loss. Dejean, meanwhile, has over 15 years’ experience handling complex shipping and energy law issues. She advises and represents actors of the shipping and offshore energy sectors, both in litigation and transactional matters.

O’Connell focusses mainly on wet shipping matters, including collisions, groundings, salvage, wreck removal, fires, piracy, limitation of liability and coverage issues.

Paul Dean, global head of shipping at HFW, said: “These promotions reflect HFW’s deep and longstanding commitment to the shipping industry globally, and our plans to continue to strengthen and broaden our offering to meet the changing needs of our clients in what is a fast-evolving and challenging period for the sector.”