Leading Commercial Law Firm Shows Its Admiration for Swansea College of Law by Launching Prizes for LLM students

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW), based in the City and one of the foremost shipping and commercial law firms in the world, has very generously agreed with Swansea Postgraduate Legal Studies Department to sponsor no less than three prizes for Swansea LLM students starting in 2014.

HFW logoReflecting the position of Swansea as leaders in the teaching of commercial law in the UK with an international clientele second to none, these prizes -- known as the HFW prizes and each worth a pretty substantial £500 –were awarded to the best student in Admiralty Law, Oil and Gas Law and Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air.

This year saw Ms Neele Eiken as the inaugural winner of the HFW Admiralty Prize, while Ms Jacqueline Okoro and Mr Charalampos Pogiatzis respectively carried off the HFW Oil and Gas Law and HFW Carriage of Goods Prizes. The awards were made at a grand reception held at the London offices of HFW's London headquarters on 24 June in the presence of the winners, large numbers of HFW trainees and partners, and also Professors Soyer, Tettenborn and Williams, Dr Nikaki and Ms Kurtz-Shefford of Swansea College of Law.

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 Mr Richard Neylon presenting the HFW prizes to Mr Charalampos Pogiatzis and Ms Jacqueline Okoro

Presenting the prizes, Richard Neylon, HFW partner and a Swansea law graduate himself, said: “Swansea is probably the leading academic institution specialising in shipping and trade law in the UK, and in that respect there are remarkable similarities between HFW and Swansea. We are most impressed by the calibre of LLM students at Swansea, and we genuinely hope that this recent initiative will inspire students studying at Swansea and will supplement the immense effort that the teaching staff at Swansea put in to educate the next generation of shipping, trade and insurance lawyers.”

HFW has for some little time enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL), the internationally-recognised commercial and shipping research arm of Swansea Postgraduate Legal Studies Department. Both organisations recently jointly organised a highly successful evening seminar on Offshore Contracts at HFW's London offices.

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 Mr Richard Neylon  giving the Admiralty prize to Ms Neele Eiken

Oil and Gas Law is a very recent (though entirely natural and highly popular) development at the College of Law, Swansea University. Admiralty and carriage of goods have been on offer as part of the Swansea LLM for more than a decade.