Hill Dickinson continues to strengthen commodities team with key partner hire

International law firm Hill Dickinson has further strengthened its commodities team with the appointment of leading lawyer Patric McGonigal.

Patric joins the firm’s London office from Hogan Lovells, Tokyo where he spent more than four years as head of the Tokyo international disputes team. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Patric was partner in Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s international trade and commercial arbitration practices working across its London and Singapore offices for 11 years.

Following qualification in Ireland, Patric joined Clifford Chance, Shanghai and continued his career working across Asia and London advising on a broad range of commercial and international trade related areas including commodities, insurance and shipping. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Patric has over two decades’ experience conducting international trade and commercial arbitration cases before the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, JCAA, LMAA, FOSFA and GAFTA.

Welcoming Patric to the team, Jeff Isaacs, head of commodities said: “Patric is a fantastic addition to the growing team. His expertise will further enhance our existing international commodities practice and his vast experience, particularly in the Asian market, will help to develop our presence in such an important region.”

Patric added: “I’m delighted to join the team and look forward to working closely with the Singapore office as we continue to grow our presence in Asia. Hill Dickinson’s standing as a market leader in international trade and commodities provides an ideal platform for me to further develop my relationships with the Japanese trading houses and trading clients in Singapore.”

Patric is listed as a leading individual in legal directories Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016 and Chambers Asia- Pacific 2015 where ‘clients say they would recommended him highly’ and he is described as ‘highly respected in the field’ and ‘his knowledge of dispute resolution and the strategies of ICC arbitrations is absolutely excellent’.