HFW, an international sector-based law firm, has launched an insurance offering in Abu Dhabi with the hire of Justin Whelan as Partner. This partner appointment is the firm’s fifth to be added since 2018.
Whelan’s arrival means HFW now has specialist insurance teams in each of its four Middle East offices.
He advises global insurers, reinsurers and insureds on insurance and reinsurance claims, policy coverage, subrogated recoveries, public and employer’s liability and property damage claims.
His particular focus is on the real estate, construction, travel and professional indemnity sectors. Justin is also a leading expert in cyber security and cyber insurance.
“Justin is one of the top insurance lawyers in the Middle East and has an outstanding reputation with clients, so I’m very pleased to welcome him to the team,” said Sam Wakerley, Head of Insurance, Middle East, HFW.
“We are the only international law firm with specialist insurance lawyers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Kuwait City, meaning that we’re uniquely positioned to offer clients expert advice across the region.
Commenting on his appointment, Whelan said, “I am absolutely delighted to be joining HFW. The firm has significantly enhanced its Middle East practice in recent years and has established itself as one of the clear market leaders.”
“I am very excited at the opportunity to build on and develop HFW’s practice in Abu Dhabi, and to work alongside the firm’s first-rate insurance lawyers across its extensive international network.”