WHILE UK-based law firm Holman Fenwick & Willan recently claimed a victory for its first Australian office in acquiring partners from both Middletons and Blake Dawson Waldron, Middletons this week rejected claims that it has lost its entire transport and trade groups to the new office.
In a Lawyers Weekly article last week, it was stated that Holman Fenwick & Willan had claimed the “entire” transport and trade groups of the Middletons Melbourne office. But the firm said this week it had lost only parts of the shipping law practice in that office and that it still has transport, trade and logistics partners there.
The firm has now announced a restructure of its transport, trade and logistics group following the resignation of partners Gavin Vallely, David Roylance and Robert Springall and part of their team from the firm’s Melbourne office.
“Middletons remains committed to its 100 year heritage as one of Australia’s premier transport, trade and logistics legal service providers,” managing partner Nick Nichola said. “This area has been a cornerstone of the firm for a long time, and we are absolutely committed not just to maintaining our premier position here, but also expanding our capabilities.”
Nichola said more than ten partners will be directly involved in this area of law, with specific transport, trade and logistics experience in aviation, employment, industrial relations and OH&S, international trade, logistics and supply chain management, mergers and acquisitions, seafarers’ compensation and others.
“We have so much to offer our clients in this area of law. The recent Lloyds List DCN award to tax partner Philip Diviny and [Vallely] highlights the importance of being able to provide more than just niche shipping law advice, and this restructure is a reflection of our commitment to the comprehensive service that our clients demand and expect,” said Nichola.