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A Global career

Completing a training contract at HFW is your passport to becoming a truly global lawyer

As a Trainee, almost all of the matters that you work on will have an international dimension. We also offer international secondments to our Trainees to provide them with the opportunity to experience our international network first-hand.

Working abroad also provides you with the invaluable opportunity to meet and work alongside our international clients. Recently, Trainees have completed seats in Geneva, Piraeus, Paris, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne and Perth.

Many of our Trainees choose to move abroad on qualification – in the last 5 years, NQs have relocated to a number of our international offices including Geneva, Singapore, Paris, Piraeus, Dubai and Hong Kong. This global perspective is nurtured throughout your career with our Associates spending time in international locations on secondment and making regular business trips post- qualification. A significant proportion of our senior Partners have spent time working overseas during their careers, illustrating the international nature of a career with us.

Our global reach

The United States

We launched in the United States in January 2017 via a fully-integrated merger with Houston firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown.

Our Houston office advises multinational clients across dispute resolution, transactions and regulation in the energy, oil and gas, shipping, insurance, finance, construction, and travel and cruise sectors.

Practice: energy; shipping, including admiralty and casualty litigation; transactional and commercial work; dispute resolution, including international arbitration; environmental issues; insurance coverage; construction disputes; regulation and administrative law; personal injury and product liability.

Latin America

In June 2018, we strengthened our Latin America offering by hiring Brazil’s top aviation partner, Julio Costa, and entering into a cooperation arrangement with a newly established local firm, CAL – Costa & Albino Advogados.

CAL was established by an insurance team from leading Brazilian firm Tauil & Chequer Advogados and has offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

The combined HFW/CAL team has particular expertise in the aviation sector and advises clients on matters throughout the region. It also handles insurance claims in other classes of business.

Practice: regulatory; insurance claims; liability claims; personal injury; cargo and baggage disputes; shipping disputes; commercial litigation; finance, crisis management.

Clients: insurers and reinsurers; airlines; airports.


We have had a presence in continental Europe for more than 40 years, having launched in Paris in 1977 – our first international office. We expanded our European network by opening offices in Piraeus in 1993, Brussels in 2008, Geneva in 2010, and most recently Monaco in 2019. We now have 25 partners and almost 80 lawyers in the region.

Our Paris office advises on maritime and air transportation issues, insurance, reinsurance, industrial risks, infrastructure and construction, energy, international trade and commodities, and has built a strong transactional practice spanning corporate, finance and private equity.

Our Geneva practice is an integral part of the commodities trading and shipping market, advising clients on all areas relating to the international sale of goods, including trade finance, corporate, commercial, regulatory, sanctions and compliance.

Our Piraeus office is a market leader in wet and dry shipping, ship finance, corporate and energy, and is also active in Cyprus and Turkey, while our Brussels team advise clients on European Union and Belgian law issues, aviation, insurance, competition, State aid and public procurement.

Our European offices are home to lawyers qualified in France, Switzerland, Brussels, England & Wales, Canada and Australia, and we are able to offer advice in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Dutch and Norwegian.

Practice: aviation; commodities; construction; energy and resources; insurance and reinsurance; shipping; dispute resolution; corporate and M&A; finance; private equity; industrial risk; infrastructure; international trade; sanctions; regulation; compliance; competition; State aid; public procurement.

Middle East

We have operated in the Middle East for more than 13 years, opening in Dubai in 2006.

We now have 17 partners and more than 50 lawyers – including 28 Arabic speakers – in four offices across the region, making ours one of the largest practices of any international law firm.

We have offices in Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait City and a new office in Abu Dhabi, which launched in October 2018. We are one of only two international law firms with a presence in Kuwait.

We advise clients throughout the GCC region on dispute resolution, transactions and regulation across a number of industry sectors.

Our unique alliance with Salem Al Maddfa enables us to handle local litigation in the UAE courts. We are the third most active law firm in the DIFC courts.

We have added eight new partners in the Middle East since April 2018, and recently entered into an association with Mohammed Alkhiliwi in Saudi Arabia.

Practice: aviation; construction; corporate and M&A; commercial; insurance and reinsurance; international trade; projects and infrastructure; real estate; ship finance; shipping litigation; capital markets; compliance and regulatory; dispute resolution; energy and resources; family business and wealth management; foreign direct investment; ports and terminals; telecommunications.


We were one of the first international firms to open an office in Asia, launching in Hong Kong in 1978. We now have 130 lawyers across the region, with additional offices in Shanghai and Singapore.

Our specialist teams provide expert advice across our core sectors and services, with market-leading practices in aviation, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, shipping, corporate and dispute resolution.

Our offering is further enhanced by local associations in the PRC, Indonesia and Singapore, which enable us to provide clients with on-the-ground expertise in Chinese law, Indonesian law and permitted areas of Singapore law.

We have added seven new partners in Asia since 2018, and recently relocated Fraud & Insolvency and Commercial Litigation head Noel Campbell to Hong Kong to spearhead the growth of both practices in the region.

Our practice has received widespread industry recognition, including top-tier rankings in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500, and awards from Asian Legal Business, China Business Law Journal, The Asian Lawyer and Lloyd’s List. Singapore Business Review recently named three of our lawyers among the 20 most influential young lawyers in Singapore.

Practice: aerospace; commodities; construction; energy and resources; insurance and reinsurance; shipping; banking and finance; capital markets; commercial; corporate and M&A; dispute resolution; employment; intellectual property; international trade; mining; project finance; private wealth.


We were one of the first international law firms to enter Australia, establishing an office in Melbourne in 2006.

We now have 24 partners and more than 70 lawyers across three offices in the country, having launched in Sydney and Perth in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

Unlike the majority of international law firms, which established themselves in Australia by merging with or acquiring a local firm, we have built our practice through a combination of organic growth and strategic lateral hires.

We added five new partners in Australia during the last fiscal year: Stephanie Lambert (construction), Simon Shaddick (shipping) and Brendan McCashin (insurance and reinsurance) were promoted in April 2018, and in January 2019 we launched an Australian workplace relations practice with the hire of a specialist eight-lawyer team in Sydney and Melbourne, led by partners Mark Sant and Brendan Milne.

Our Australia revenue has increased by more than 60% in the past three years, with our Perth and Sydney offices growing more than 20% in the last fiscal year alone, and we have ambitious plans to double the size of our practice over the next few years.

Practice: aviation; finance and leasing; commodities; construction; real estate; property development; infrastructure; energy and resources; corporate and M&A; competition and regulatory; mining; renewables; insurance and reinsurance; dispute resolution; shipping; offshore; logistics; workplace relations.

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