Andrzej Czernis_Luke Fittis _Tanisha Saxena

HFW Promotes 16 Senior Associates Across Global Network 

Global law firm HFW has recently announced the promotion of 16 new Senior Associates, effective from April 1, 2024. This move underscores the firm’s commitment to expanding its talent pool across its international network and core sectors, which encompass the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Additionally, HFW’s global commodities, corporate and commercial, insurance, and shipping groups will benefit from these promotions. 

Jeremy Shebson, Managing Partner and Giles Kavanagh, Global Senior Partner, HFW: 

“We are always proud to see people progressing their careers within the firm. Our newest Senior Associates have each demonstrated outstanding technical ability and a dedication to providing the best possible service to our clients and reflect the talent that we’re fortunate to have at all levels at HFW. Congratulations to you all on your well-deserved promotions.” 

In a strategic effort to bolster its global offering, HFW has also elevated seven Partners and appointed five new legal directors, all effective from the same date. Click here for further information. 

Among the new Senior Associates, three professionals were from the Dubai office: 

Andrzej Czernis (Shipping, Dubai) 
Specializing in transactional shipping, with a particular focus on the LNG sector, Andrzej advises on shipbuilding contracts, charterparties, and related financing arrangements. He is known for his expertise in supporting both international and local banks and clients on ship finance, as well as other finance transactions and sale and purchase transactions. 

Luke Fittis (Shipping, Dubai) 
Luke specializes in commercial dispute resolution, with a strong emphasis on international trade. His clientele includes vessel owners, charterers, commodities traders, insurers, and banks. Luke’s extensive experience covers disputes arising under charterparties, sales contracts, and bills of lading. He is well-versed in representing clients in international arbitration and litigation, including before the English High Court and UAE Courts. 

Tanisha Saxena (Commodities, Dubai) 
Tanisha’s expertise lies in international fraud and insolvency dispute resolution. She handles complex, cross-border, and high-value disputes, often under the jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts, the ADGM Courts, and local onshore Courts. Tanisha also brings substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, across the UAE and the UK.