Richard is a partner in the London offices of international law firm HFW (www.hfw.com). He specialises in shipping and crisis response.
A large proportion of Richard’s work involves resolving disputes arising from marine casualties and he has been involved in many of the recent high profile incidents. Richard also handles major incidents and disputes for liability, war, kidnap & ransom, cyber and special risks underwriters and their assureds. He has played a central role in co-coordinating and resolving over 150 hijacking / kidnapping / extortion cases over the last ten years, dealing with the initial incident through to managing the aftermath. He also regularly deals with unlawful detentions, drug seizures and similar complex problems that companies which operate globally can become exposed to.
Richard leads HFW’s award winning global marine piracy team. He is also a founding member of the NGO, the Hostage Support Partnership, which has been commended by the United Nations Security Council for its work securing the release of seafarer hostages.