Holman Fenwick Willan

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Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
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Headquarters London, United Kingdom
No. of offices 13 [1]
No. of lawyers 450+ (151 partners)[1]
Major practice areas Admiralty & Dry shipping law, Aviation, Insurance/Re-Insurance, Trade & Energy, Corporate, Projects & Finance, Commercial Litigation, Restructuring & Insolvency, Asset Finance, International Arbitration, Space
Date founded 1883
Company type Limited liability partnership

Holman Fenwick Willan LLP is an international law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It specializes in international commerce, acting predominantly for airlines, shipping firms, insurers, commodity and energy companies, construction contractors, investment banks, and large corporates. HFW currently has 151 partners. According to The Lawyer magazine, in 2013 Holman Fenwick Willan was the 23rd biggest law firm in the UK with a turnover of £140.6m.


The firm consistently tops the award for Chambers and Partners Global Shipping Firm of the Year.[2] In 2008, 2009 and 2012, the firm won the Lloyd's List Shipping Law Firm of the Year Award. Awards have also been won in Dubai (Seatrade Middle East Award) and Hong Kong (Asian Legal Business Client Service Award).[citation needed] HFW has been awarded the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award 2010 for the United Kingdom.,[3] as well as awarded Legal Week's Employee Satisfaction commendation in both 2011 and 2012.[citation needed] In 2011, Legal Week cited HFW as one of the leading firms for customer satisfaction, in its annual survey and in 2013, the firm won Asia Legal Business' prestigious Hong Kong Law Firm of the Year Award for the first time.

HFW ranks top tier in Chambers and Legal 500 for Shipping, Transportation, Commodities and Aerospace, with high rankings for Corporate, Insurance and Commercial Litigation.

Main practice areas[edit]

The firm's main areas of practice are in aviation, shipping, commodities, construction, insurance, corporate, dispute resolution, international arbitration and commercial disputes. The firm's clients range from mining, through logistics, to shipping, aviation, insurance/re-insurance, oil & gas, commodities, construction contractors, banks, ports & terminals and general corporates.


The firm has 13 offices across Europe, Middle East, Asia, South America and Australia[1]


  1. ^ a b c "HFW's History - A Brief History of HFW | Holman Fenwick Willan". HFW. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  2. ^ List of Chambers and Partners 2006 Award Winners on the Chambers and Partners site
  3. ^ International Law Office Awards 2010

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