What the team is known for
Widely lauded physicals practice, also offering capability in derivatives and energy trading, among other areas. Routinely handles complex and high-profile commodities disputes and contractual matters for international clients on a global scale. Notable for its handling of matters before GAFTA, FOSFA and other trade bodies. Possesses significant expertise across the full spectrum of commodities, including metals, grain, sugar, oil and biofuels. Clients include oil and gas companies, traders and banks.
One source observes: "There is a huge range of expertise within the firm to call upon."
Another reports: "They have very strong knowledge of their clients’ businesses and the sectors their clients operate in. They often go above and beyond their duties."
Sources say: "HFW have strong market knowledge and sector-specific experience, which makes them easy to deal with and in a position to provide prompt, practical, commercially focused advice."
Acted for BP in relation to a claim against Vega Petroleum and Dover Investments seeking restitution of repayments made by BP for crude oil which the parties failed to deliver.
Continued to represent GarantiBank in a claim against Drum Risk Management arising from a large-scale misappropriation of coal.
specialises in commodity trading disputes concerning the oil and gas sector. He has a wealth of experience advising on cross-border matters and counts energy traders, oil and gas companies and banks among his clients. "He is very responsive, has excellent market knowledge and provides pragmatic and commercially focused advice." "Alistair Feeney deals with disputes in a very sensible, reasonable and calm manner."
is regarded as an expert in commodities disputes and has considerable experience of cross-jurisdictional matters. He regularly acts for clients on arbitrations and contractual disputes in the High Court. "Brian Perrott is always dependable, easy to work with and has a very good knowledge of commodity trading issues. He is very committed and really gets delivering on good client service." "He is proactive and goes the extra mile."
advises clients involved in physical commodities on a range of trading matters. She has additional expertise with disputes in this area."Clare Chyb is dedicated, sensible and cool-headed in her approach." "She has a great work ethic and goes the extra mile."
specialises in physical commodities matters. He has particular expertise in metals, energy and bulk commodities. He is sought after for his expertise in physical commodities disputes and offers additional experience in sale and purchase matters. "Damian Honey gives practical advice on disputes and transactions. He is a go-to person for commodities and commodities financing." "He is one of the top, pre-eminent commodities disputes lawyers in London." "He is outstanding in his field."
has substantial experience in soft commodities, with particular expertise in sugar. She advises clients on a range of disputes and regulatory matters, with significant experience of arbitration tribunals. "Judith Prior is very responsive, extremely thorough and makes use of the extensive experience in her field." "She is a brilliant technical lawyer." "Judith's biggest strength is her knowledge and experience."
has considerable knowledge of international trade and shipping of physical commodities. She advises on a range of disputes spanning arbitrations and litigation. Her practice also includes contract drafting and financing matters. "Sarah is very practical and pragmatic. She has a great understanding of the gold market and is always very approachable and easy to talk to." "Sarah Taylor is one of those people who is brilliant when the pressure is on, she leaps into action when you've got a deadline."