International law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has made three partnership and four legal director promotions across its London, Brussels and Hong Kong offices.

In London, Andrew Williams (pictured) has been named one of the company’s new partners. He specialises in hard commodities and represents a number of oil majors, traders and utilities. He also advises on general dispute resolution on areas such as banking, financial services, fraud, commercial and general contract/tort disputes, and is a specialist in letters of credit and UCP 600.

Gavin Hadfield has also joined the partnership as HFW’s global risk partner, being responsible for the firm’s risk management and compliance.

Catherine Emsellem-Rope has been promoted to legal director. She is a transactional lawyer specialising in complex contractual arrangements in the energy, logistics, ports and terminals sectors, with a focus on major projects and supply chain issues.

In the firm’s commodities group, also in London, Patrick Knox and John Rollason have been promoted to legal directors. Knox’s work focuses on international trade and shipping litigation as well as providing day-to-day support to clients on the operation of their contracts. Rollason advises on conducting international trade, acting mainly for producers, traders and banks in soft commodities and oil trading.

The announcement also includes the promotions of Stéphanie Golinvaux, based in Brussels, to partnership, while Lee Tam has been appointed to legal director in Hong Kong.

According to HFW senior partner Richard Crump, the role of legal director is newly created “in recognition that many of our exceptional individuals desire an alternative to the traditional partnership”.

“We are delighted to welcome these high-calibre individuals as partners and legal directors, the range of skills they bring will continue to enhance and strengthen the services we offer to our clients globally,” he says.