Luke Garrett – Associate, Aerospace (Dubai)
Law – Plymouth
I qualified as an Associate into HFW's Dubai office in September 2013. I originally worked in the aerospace team for two years where we represent a number of Middle Eastern airlines, airport ground handlers and other aerospace entities. One of the benefits of working in an international office is that you get much more responsibility; that goes for being a Trainee as well as an Associate. During my time in the aerospace team I managed around 50 active claims against various airlines in the region, many of them being litigated in other countries, which often made for an interesting day.
I have since moved over to the insurance and reinsurance team in the Dubai office were I handle a wide range of disputes, particularly for insurer and reinsurer clients in the region, in relation to claims and defence work in the English High Court, international arbitration and the DIFC Court.
When applying for a training contact, I was originally attracted by HFW's international presence. I was lucky enough to work in the Dubai office for six months of my training contact, which I enjoyed so much I moved there!
All Trainees are encouraged to spend six months in one of the firm's international offices. This is a fantastic opportunity allowing you to gain the experience of working in a different jurisdiction and living in some of the greatest cities in the world.
One aspect of my role which I enjoy the most is the client contact. In the Dubai office, the Partners all encourage their Associates to actively participate in marketing activities and build their own client bases. I have found this has given me a great opportunity to develop my own career. Plus, Dubai is also a pretty fantastic place to entertain clients.
Moving from the UK to Dubai was quite a daunting prospect at first. However, I found that the friendly nature of my colleagues and the general expat community in Dubai allowed me to settle very quickly. Constant sunshine and Dubai's famous Friday brunches also helped!