Hill Dickinson Boosts Commodities Team with Two Senior Hires

Mark Aspinall, Hill Dickinson

Paul Sinnott, Hill Dickinson











Hill Dickinson is pleased to announce the strategic acquisition of two partners for its growing commodities team.

Experienced energy sector lawyers Mark Aspinall and Paul Sinnott have joined Hill Dickinson from Eversheds and will operate from the firm’s London office.

Welcoming them, team leader Jeff Isaacs said: ‘We are excited to have brought in two very significant lateral hires in Mark and Paul. Their individual and combined experience in transactional, derivative-based work and dispute resolution is closely aligned with our strategy to broaden the capability and expertise of our existing group.
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Hill Dickinson Further Strengthens Marine Practice

International law firm Hill Dickinson has reached an agreement that will bring the shipping practice of Swinnerton Moore LLP to the firm.

The agreement is expected to be finalised by the end of February and will see founding partners Tony Swinnerton and Lewis Moore join Hill Dickinson’s City of London office. Tony and Lewis bring with them an established roster of distinguished clients from across the international marine market.

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Hill Dickinson’s Maria Pittordis wins at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards

International Law Firm, Hill Dickinson LLP, is proud to announce that Maria Pittordis, head of marine, trade and energy has won Defendant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards.

The Eclipse Awards, which aim to encourage and reward high standards of practice, are now in their ninth year and growing, with well over 400 guests in attendance at this year’s event, held on 24th November at The Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, London. Read more

Hill Dickinson Appoints First Chief Operating Officer

JOHNSTON IainHill Dickinson has today announced that it has hired Iain Johnston as its first Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Iain Johnston, who will take up the position of COO this month, will be charged with further strengthening Hill Dickinson’s position in the marketplace, accelerating the firm’s development and overseeing the day to day operations of the business.

With extensive knowledge of running international businesses, Iain brings over 25 years’ experience in marketing services and business development, including leading or working with the Boards of companies undergoing rapid change and strategic growth. In addition, Iain has founded, developed and sold or floated several technology businesses. Read more

Peter Jackson elected as Hill Dickinson’s first Chief Executive Officer

Hill Dickinson has today announced that Peter Jackson has been elected as the firm’s first Chief Executive Officer and will take up his new position immediately.

Jackson’s appointment by the partners of Hill Dickinson, which was unopposed, is part of an enhancement of Hill Dickinson’s management structure with the aim of improving the agility and efficiency of the business, making it more responsive to clients’ needs.

The changes also see long time Senior Partner David Wareing take up the role of Chairman. Read more

Hill Dickinson Strengthens Hong Kong Office with New Partner Appointment

Caroline ThomasInternational law firm Hill Dickinson will be welcoming new partner Caroline Thomas to its Hong Kong practice on 5 September 2016.
Caroline specialises in insurance, shipping and competition law with a focus on dispute resolution and regulation. She is also experienced in general corporate and regulatory matters including contract drafting, joint ventures, AML, sanctions and data protection.
Caroline, who is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and Hong Kong, has worked in the region for the past eight years. She spent five years at Holman Fenwick Willan and prior to this, four years at Clyde and Co. Read more

Hill Dickinson adds to growing commodities team with notable appointment

Andrew BuchmannInternational law firm Hill Dickinson continues to strengthen its growing commodities team with the return of partner Andrew Buchmann.

Following qualification in South Africa, Andrew joined Hill Dickinson’s London office in 2003. He returned to South Africa in 2008, where he established a commodities consultancy, advising on commodity trading transactions and contentious issues in relation to physical trades, shipping, finance and insurance. Andrew is a dual-qualified lawyer with an in-depth commercial knowledge of both the UK and Sub-Saharan markets. Read more

Renowned Hill Dickinson lawyer presents at port conference on management of legal risks

PITTORDIS MariaThe 8th Annual UK Ports Conference took place at Hill Dickinson LLP’s office at Broadgate Tower, London on 24th – 25th May. This extended two day event discussed, amongst other things, the changing policy and regulations within the sector and the legal issues that ports face in today’s uncertain world.

Maria Pittordis, Head of Marine, Trade and Energy at Hill Dickinson LLP, presented on the topic of ‘Identifying and managing the legal risks for port operations’. This broad narrative incorporated vital issues for the sector including the importance of stringent health and safety procedures, from a criminal and civil perspective, vicarious liability, corporate manslaughter and liabilities arising from acts of terrorism by third parties.   Read more

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. Read more

Hill Dickinson Named in UK’s Top 100 Most Popular Employers for School Leavers

International law firm Hill Dickinson has been recognised as one of the UK’s 100 most popular employers for school leavers in the UK’s first and largest employer ranking product aimed at school and further education students.

The top 100 list reveals the most popular UK employers as voted for by 9,000 school and further education students in years 10-13.

Hill Dickinson recruits 10-12 legal apprentices annually across its Liverpool and Manchester offices. Apprentices join the firm as trainee paralegals on a two-year structured training programme, combining on-the-job training while studying towards the nationally recognised CILex Level 3 in Legal Services Diploma. Read more

Solicitor And Master Mariner Joe Quain To Join Hill Dickinson’s International Shipping Team

Hill Dickinson is pleased to announce that Captain Joe Quain, formerly of Bentleys Stokes and Lowless, will be joining the firm as a partner in the Singapore office with effect from 1 September 2015 bringing the firm’s strength of Master Mariner lawyers to six in total.

His appointment will enhance the already impressive international standing of the shipping team in Singapore which achieved impressive results in the most recent Chamber’s rankings featuring in the top tier for shipping litigation and with recognition for all five of the current partners. Read more


On Tuesday 23rd June international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP will be holding its UK Ports Conference focusing on ‘The Future of UK Ports: changing regulation, shipping trend updates and new opportunities in the supply chain’.

The 7th Annual UK Ports Conference will allow senior representatives from across the ports, shipping and maritime sector to network and discuss policy updates, shipping trends and the latest logistics and supply chain guidance.

The day will also look at how to approach port development and funding and hear from UK ports on how ports can support the economic development of the local area and the wider UK. Another discussion point will be on EU state aid and the key risk factors are for UK ports.

Speakers include:
• Paul Barker, Country Manager United Kingdom, Unifeeder
• David Balston, Director of Policy, UK Chamber of Shipping
• Simon Bird, Chief Executive, Bristol Port Company, Chairman UKMPG
• Theresa Crossley, Executive Director, UK Major Ports Group
• Neil Davidson, Senior Analyst – Ports & Terminals, Drewry Maritime Research
• Knut Fleckenstein, MEP & Rapporteur on the Port Regulation
• Mike Garratt, Director, MDS Transmodal
• Iven Krämer, Port Economy, Infrastructure & Shipping The Ministry for Economy, Labour & Ports of Bremen
• Alistair Lindsay, Group Commercial Supply Chain & Logistics Director, Tesco
• Jens Nielsen, Commercial Director, Associated British Ports
• Jeremy Robinson, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson
• Dimitrios Theologitis, Head of Unit, Ports & Inland Navigation, DG MOVE
• Peter Ward, Chief Executive, UK Warehousing Association
• Philip Wareham, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson
• Chris Welsh, Director of Global & European Policy, Freight Transport Association
• David Whitehead OBE, Director, British Ports Association
• Linda Willson, Head of Maritime Commerce & Infrastructure, Department for Transport

Maria Pittordis, Hill Dickinson’s Business Group Leader of Marine, Trade and Energy, said: “We have a strong panel of speakers who will be able to provide lots of insight into the industry so the Conference is set to be a very interesting day.”

For further information, please visit: http://www.waterfrontconferencecompany.com/conferences/ports/events/7th-annual-uk-ports-conference

The conference will take place at Hill Dickinson’s London office: The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EW


International law firm Hill Dickinson LLP has announced its London yacht team has returned to the heart of London’s superyachting hub in the West End of London. The team of 20 is now operating out of 105 Jermyn Street in St James’s.

The firm’s yacht team is acknowledged as a market leader in the provision of legal services to the yacht and superyacht industry, routinely advising yacht owners, family offices, brokers, managers, designers and builders in relation to sale and purchase contracts, construction agreements, insurance and financing.

Internationally, the yacht team services the firm’s substantial base of clients operating across the world. In the Asia-Pacific region Hill Dickinson has built a strong presence servicing its shipping clients with offices in both Singapore and Hong Kong. The firm’s established European offices in Piraeus and Monaco support the specialist yacht markets in Greece and the Principality.

For a fifth consecutive year, the yacht team will be represented at this year’s Singapore Yacht Show.


International law firm Hill Dickinson LLP is pleased to announce partner Patrick Hawkins as its first head of global shipping. Patrick, who also heads the firm’s Greek Office, will manage and co-ordinate their renowned and expanding international shipping practice. Read more


Hill Dickinson LLP is delighted to announce that it has become a proud sponsor of London International Shipping Week 2015 when leaders from every sector of the global shipping industry will descend on London for five days of influential meetings, seminars and functions, culminating in a high-level industry shipping conference and spectacular gala dinner.

Maria Pittordis, the partner who heads the marine, trade and energy business group, said: “The roots of maritime law can be traced as far back as 900 BC. So, as one of the country’s most historic shipping practices, it is only right for Hill Dickinson to support such a significant event in the modern industry’s calendar.”

Over 100 events are planned for London during the week with some UK regional events also being staged to highlight the strength and breadth of the UK’s maritime sector making LISW 2015 the ‘must attend’ event of the year. Hill Dickinson will also be offering workshops and seminars in the key areas of casualty and commodities, which are expected to attract leading industry figures. The firm has a long connection with the London shipping community and this is reflected in the stellar line up of headline organisers which includes Shipping Innovation – a joint venture between Elaborate Communications and Petrospot – in association with Maritime UK partners The Baltic Exchange, Maritime London, and the UK Chamber of Shipping, and with TheCityUK, the independent promotional body for UK financial and professional services.

Visitors to LISW2015 can now download the official LISW2015 app. For iPhone and iPad versions please go to the App store and type in ‘London International Shipping Week’. For Android versions go to Google Play and type in ‘LISW’ to download the event app.

Further information can be found on the dedicated event website: www.londoninternationalshippingweek.com


International law firm Hill Dickinson is pleased to announce the promotion of Darren Wall from its commodities team to the position of Partner, with immediate effect.

In addition, four members of its highly successful marine, trade and energy team have been promoted to the position of Legal Director. They include: Colin Lavelle (Shipping) based in Liverpool; Tony McDonach (PI & Regulatory) in the London City office; Caroline Bridge (Cargo & Logistics) based in the Manchester office and also Shanna Ghose (Shipping) in the Singapore office.

Maria Pittordis, Head of Marine, Trade and Energy, welcomed the news saying: “I am delighted, on behalf of the LLP Board, to announce these senior promotions in our commodities and marine, trade and energy teams. These promotions reflect the hard work and dedication undertaken at Hill Dickinson’s offices both in the UK and overseas.”


Hill Dickinson has strengthened its presence in the Asian Shipping Market by announcing a series of new appointments to its Hong Kong and Singapore offices.

Formerly a partner at Clydes in Singapore, Chris Edwards joins the Singapore office in June. We are also delighted to announce that a Senior Associate from a leading international shipping law firm in Hong Kong will join our Singapore office in September as a Legal Director. Further details will be announced shortly.

Chris has over 18 years of experience in handling shipping, trade and insurance disputes in Singapore and the South East Asia Region and is a leading figure in the marine insurance market in Singapore. He is a ranked individual in Chambers Global Directory and has been named a Top Ten Legal Personality in the Lloyds List annual global review of the most influential people in shipping.

Tony Goldsmith, head of Hill Dickinson’s Singapore office commented: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to strengthen our offering in our core practise areas. He has built a significant reputation in his chosen areas of specialism. I am also very pleased to have attracted someone who has made his home in Singapore over many years”.

Kennedys Partner Anthony Woo will join the Hong Kong operation in September. Anthony has built up a strong reputation advising ship owners and charterers on charter party disputes as well as defending ship owner/freight forwarders on cargo claims. Hill Dickinson’s Hong Kong office operates in association with Laracy & Co, providing specialist local commercial litigation, collision, salvage and marine casualty expertise within Asia and beyond. Led by Master Mariner and long-standing partner, Mike Mallin, the team includes experienced litigator and arbitrator, Damien Laracy.

The Hong Kong team is closely aligned to Hill Dickinson’s well-established Singapore team, providing a convenient pan-Asia base for its clients. Its Singapore office, headed up by Tony Goldsmith, handles all manner of casualty, salvage, P&I, FD&D and insurance work. Clients number many of the leading shipowners, cruise and ferry operators, charterers, shipyards, P&I clubs, port and terminal operators, underwriters and traders.

Mike Mallin, Partner, said the appointments were a crucial element in Hill Dickinson’s efforts to bolster its presence in the Far East. He said: “Our Hong Kong office has definitely hit the ground running as there are very few other firms of our calibre in Hong Kong doing the kind of work we do. And our work in Hong Kong can only backup the success we are achieving in Singapore.”