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What others say about us

We are recognised as market leaders in the field of international commerce and our lawyers are commended for their practical approach to law and on their ability to provide tailor-made, pragmatic solutions for our clients.

By joining HFW as a Trainee, you will begin to develop your legal and communication skills in a pragmatic, solutions-orientated environment where innovation is truly key. Hear what others have to say about us:


Chambers 2018 Global, Global-wide "The team is very strong and works diligently to accomplish goals and objectives." and "They are always finding the right approach to solving a problem."

Chambers 2018 UK, London "very helpful, flexible and always willing to propose a solution. The advice received is always very in-depth and the impression received is that they go above and beyond."

Chambers UK 2018, London "The firm is strong in client service and commerciality - they have an excellent knowledge in their core areas of specialism and understand what is in the client's best interest."

Chambers Europe 2018, France "They were pragmatic, and their work allowed us to eliminate issues before they became real problems."

Chambers 2018 Global, United Arab Emirates "If there's a chunky dispute, HFW will be on the other side. They've always been regarded as the best firm for shipping disputes."

Chambers 2018 Global, Latin America Wide "They know the market incredibly well, particularly in Brazil. They are incredibly competent and I find them absolutely delightful to work with."

Chambers 2018 Global, Asia-Pacific "They have given very detailed advice based on what they see, they take instructions and implications. They are proactive and professional, which I treasure."

Legal 500 2018 EMEA, Greece “"good attention to detail and commercial acumen"

Legal 500 2018 EMEA, United Arab Emirates "more adaptable and ingenious than its competitors"

Legal 500 2018 Asia-Pacific ‘fast turnaround when dealing with time sensitive material’ ‘good grasp of industrial knowledge’

Legal 500 2017 EMEA "excellent knowledge of the insurance sector and connected regulatory and litigation issues" its "lawyers are highly diligent and available". …especially recommended for "highly complex issues"


Leading firm – Chambers High Net Worth 2018

China Business Law Journal Awards 2017-18 - Recognised for leading practices in Insurance and Reinsurance, International Trade and Shipping

"Highly Commended" at the Legal Week Awards for Knowledge Management

The Lawyer's latest Litigation Tracker has revealed us to be the most active law firm for arbitration-related litigation (Q1 and Q2 2018)

All Star Firm: Improvement in Diversity and Inclusion award (Aspiring Solicitors), 2018

Captive Review: Law Firm of the Year 2017

MENA Insurance: Insurance Law Firm of the Year 2017, 2018

Maritime Lawyer of the Year 2016
Lloyds List Global Awards 2016

Captive Review Onshore (Insurance) Law Firm of the Year 2016

Asia Legal Business Shipping Law Firm of the Year
(Hong Kong; Singapore) 2016

Captive Review Onshore Law Firm of the Year 2016

China Law and Practice Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year
Henry Fung (Shipping & Transport, Hong Kong) and Richard Jowett (Insurance, Australia) Client Choice Award 2016

Commodities Business Awards Rewarding Excellence in Commodities Legal: 2014

European Women in Business Law Award Winner 2016
Vivienne Pitroff (Shipping & Maritime)

Global Arbitration Review Selected Firm 2016

Corporate Social Responsibility Award Lloyd's List Global Awards 2015 and Seatrade Maritime Awards

Middle East Insurance Review Law Firm of the Year
2nd Middle East Insurance Industry Awards 2015

World ECR Export Controls Law Firm of the Year Runner Up 2016

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