who we are
HFW is an international law firm with over 500 lawyers working across our global network. We advise clients on legal issues in relation to all aspects of international commerce and we are regarded as one of the world’s leading shipping law firms. The expertise, experience and reputation earned in commercial shipping is carried into our yacht practice.
Our yacht team has over 25 years experience of working in this intimate industry and our in-depth knowledge combined with our international reach ensures we are pre-eminent in the field.
Holman Fenwick has a market-leading yacht practice which draws on the experience of its world-renowned shipping team. Holman Fenwick is regarded as “one of the most prominent firms around,” with a “very high profile in the yachting world.” The firm represents some of the world’s leading shipyards as well as a number of prominent HNW yacht owners.
Sources highlight the quality of the team’s work, with one lawyer noting that they are “a very solution-driven firm who always find a mutually beneficial result.” Holman Fenwick is also described as having an “extensive network of international contacts” and as being “one of the most visible firms in this market.”
We are very pleased to have HFW’s yacht team assisting us with our Volvo Ocean Race matters and particularly impressed by their fast turnaround and commercial approach.
It’s one of the top law firms in the world in this area of law, so you’re going to the right people with the right experience and the right knowledge.
what we do
Confidentiality and privacy are paramount in the yachting industry. We, of course, cannot disclose details of our clients or any of the projects we have been involved in. However, our team is positioned to assist with any aspect of constructing and operating a yacht and we are routinely involved in some of the largest and most complex projects in the yachting industry. We advise on the full lifecycle of yachting issues including, amongst other things:
Design agreements and intellectual property issues
Financing and leasing arrangements
Yacht sale and purchase transactions
Import and export formalities
VAT and other tax issues
Crewing and employment matters
Refit and repair contracts
Sale and purchase of berths
Restructuring of distressed loans for yacht owners, banks and builders
Physical and cyber security arrangements
Health, safety and regulatory compliance
Business jets and helicopters
We have a strong international brand and a rapidly growing network of offices. Our 17 offices (plus 3 alliance/association offices) provide us with resources across the globe and we have presence in many of the major centres of yacht ownership and operation in the world. Frequently we resource our matters with team members drawn from different offices and time zones and this allows us to provide our clients, wherever they are, with the resources of a truly global superyachts team.
We speak 40 languages across the firm.