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Hill Dickinson strengthens Hong Kong office with new partner appointment

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Caroline Thomas

Caroline Thomas

International 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.

Commenting on Caroline’s arrival, Hill Dickinson partner Mike Mallin said: “We are delighted to welcome Caroline to Hill Dickinson. Caroline is well-known and highly regarded in the Hong Kong shipping community and has excellent relationships with a number of the P&I Clubs that we work with.”

Hong Kong office principal Damien Laracy added: “We are continuing to recruit the best talent in the region and Caroline is a great addition to the firm. She offers a complimentary skill set in terms of both her wider marine and non-marine insurance experience as well as her expertise in relation to competition law issues, which are now in focus more than ever with the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance coming into effect in December 2015.”

Caroline is also a qualified mediator (on the HKMAAL general panel) and chair of the Hong Kong Insurance Law Association Limited. In addition, Caroline has contributed to several published articles on insurance, shipping, competition law and data protection.

Her appointment follows the arrival of litigation partner Bryan O’Hare last year from Hogan Lovells, as Hill Dickinson continues to recruit and broaden its offering in Hong Kong.

About Hill Dickinson

Hill Dickinson is a leading and award-winning international law firm with more than 1,150 people including 190 partners operating across 8 offices in the UK, mainland Europe and Asia, servicing the marine trade and energy markets. With strong roots in the shipping industry, the firm delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum, from non-contentious advisory work to all forms of dispute resolution.

The Marine Trade and Energy Division is led by Maria Pittordis.  In addition to the global shipping team the team boasts

  • a top tier commodities team led by Jeff Isaacs
  • the leading yacht practice led by Tony Allen
  • the leading marine personal injury and regulatory practice led by Maria Pittordis
  • highly praised cargo and logistics team led by Adrian Marsh
  • a leading Marine Insurance team led by Rhys Clift
  • recent appointment of a leading aviation team

The heads of the international offices are

Mike Mallin/ Damien Laracy in Hong Kong

Tony Goldsmith in Singapore

Patrick Hawkins in Greece

David Reardon in Monaco

The firm has acted on many high profile casualties including the “COSTA CONCORDIA”.

Hill Dickinson’s marine lawyers, consistently rank in the top tier of industry publications such as Legal 500, Chambers and Superlawyer.

Hill Dickinson’s global shipping team acts for the full range of shipowners, cruise and ferry operators, charterers, shipyards, P&I clubs, and port and terminal operators, to underwriters and traders, salvors, and the cargo, logistics and warehousing industries. From shippers, traders, commodities end-users and trade associations such as GAFTA and the RSA, to specialist yacht finance houses and banks, owners and borrowers.

The Legal 500 says: ‘Hill Dickinson has a ‘strong’ commercial and regulatory practice’ with ‘real depth of expertise and a user-friendly approach really makes it stand out from its competitors’.’

For further information about the firm and its partners please visit www.hilldickinson.com

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