Hill Dickinson continues to strengthen commodities team with key partner hire.

24 May, 16

International law firm Hill Dickinson has further strengthened its commodities team with the appointment of leading lawyer Patric McGonigal.

Patric joins the firm’s London office from Hogan Lovells, Tokyo where he spent more than four years as head of the Tokyo international disputes team. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Patric was partner in Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s international trade and commercial arbitration practices working across its London and Singapore offices for 11 years.

Following qualification in Ireland, Patric joined Clifford Chance, Shanghai and continued his career working across Asia and London advising on a broad range of commercial and international trade related areas  including commodities, insurance and shipping. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Patric has over two decades’ experience conducting international trade and commercial arbitration cases before the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, JCAA, LMAA, FOSFA and GAFTA.

Welcoming Patric to the team, Jeff Isaacs, head of commodities said: “Patric is a fantastic addition to the growing team. His expertise will further enhance our existing international commodities practice and his vast experience, particularly in the Asian market, will help to develop our presence in such an important region.”

Patric added: “I’m delighted to join the team and look forward to working closely with the Singapore office as we continue to grow our presence in Asia. Hill Dickinson’s standing as a market leader in international trade and commodities provides an ideal platform for me to further develop my relationships with the Japanese trading houses and trading clients in Singapore.”

Patric is listed as a leading individual in legal directories Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016 and Chambers Asia- Pacific 2015 where ‘clients say they would recommended him highly’ and he is described as ‘highly respected in the field’ and ‘his knowledge of dispute resolution and the strategies of ICC arbitrations is absolutely excellent’.




For Further Information Please Contact:

Alexander Preston, Elaborate Communications                                       Tel: +44 (0)1296 682104

Cara Newton, Hill Dickinson                                                                         Tel: +44 (0)151 600 8922


Notes to Editor


About Hill Dickinson
Hill Dickinson is a leading and award-winning international law firm with more than 1,150 people including 190 partners operating across 8 offices in the UK, mainland Europe and Asia, servicing the marine trade and energy markets. With strong roots in the shipping industry, the firm delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum, from non-contentious advisory work to all forms of dispute resolution.

The Marine Trade and Energy Division is led by Maria Pittordis.  In addition to the global shipping team the team boasts:

  • a top tier commodities team led by Jeff Isaacs
  • the leading yacht practice led by Tony Allen
  • the leading marine personal injury and regulatory practice led by Maria Pittordis
  • highly praised cargo and logistics team led by Adrian Marsh
  • a leading Marine Insurance team led by Rhys Clift
  • recent appointment of a leading aviation team


The heads of the international offices are:


Mike Mallin/ Damien Laracy in Hong Kong

Tony Goldsmith in Singapore

Patrick Hawkins in Greece

David Reardon in Monaco


The firm has acted on many high profile casualties including the “COSTA  CONCORDIA”.

Hill Dickinson’s marine lawyers, consistently rank in the top tier of industry publications such as Legal 500, Chambers and Superlawyer.

Hill Dickinson’s global shipping team acts for the full range of shipowners, cruise and ferry operators, charterers, shipyards, P&I clubs, and port and terminal operators, to underwriters and traders, salvors, and the cargo, logistics and warehousing industries. From shippers, traders, commodities end-users and trade associations such as GAFTA and the RSA, to specialist yacht finance houses and banks, owners and borrowers.

The Legal 500 says: ‘Hill Dickinson has a ‘strong’ commercial and regulatory practice’ with ‘real depth of expertise and a user-friendly approach really makes it stand out from its competitors’.’


For further information about the firm and its partners please visit www.hilldickinson.com

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