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HFW

Insurance

1 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Solid practice, backed by a global network of offices and consequently equipped to offer expertise covering both the Australian and international markets and cross-jurisdictional insurance matters. Notably well placed to deal with insurance issues affecting high-profile policyholders in the aviation, construction, energy, mining and shipping sectors, including claims and disputes generated by catastrophic events of both natural and human origin. Also advises extensively on financial transfer and alternative risk transfer issues and on matters concerning company relations with captive insurers.

Strengths

More than one interviewee identifies HFW as "one of the best firms I have ever dealt with" in the insurance sphere, while one impressed source says they are "as good as or better than any firm that I have been involved with in over 30 years of experience," also commenting: "Given the partners' in-depth knowledge of our business, it is hard for any other firm to compete."

Sources are also quick to emphasise that the team "understands the client's needs," with one noting: "HFW have outstanding commercial awareness, and it is clear that their driver is to provide value to us. Client care is outstanding and I feel that I can pick up the phone, day or night, and speak with the partner in charge, which I have had to do on a number of occasions. HFW never fail to deliver and I can rest assured that they will hit their deadlines."

Work highlights

Acted for a major engineering and construction company with regard to a technically complex insurance claim arising out of the failure of a coating system applied to the onshore components of an LNG plant.

Notable practitioners

Richard Jowett , characterised by market sources as "very bright" and "a smart bloke," is particularly well known for his representation of major construction, engineering and resources sector insureds involved in high-value business interruption or casualty cases. Clients acclaim him as a "creative thinker and strategist" and "trusted adviser in every sense" who particularly stands out, not only for "speaking the same language as insurers," but also for being able "to predict accurately what they are thinking and what they are likely to do in any given situation."

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Richard Jowett
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