Holman Fenwick Willan has hired away disputes specialist Ben Bury from Jones Day to be a construction partner in Hong Kong.
Bury, who was a Jones Day associate, advises on disputes arising out of construction and engineering projects. He has acted on arbitration cases related to oil and gas facilities, power plants, infrastructure projects, mines and reclamation works across the Asia Pacific region.
Bury first joined Jones Day in 2005; he left five years later for legacy British construction specialist firm Nabarro and returned to Jones Day in 2014.
London-based Holman Fenwick has recruited six construction partners over the past 15 months. In addition to Hong Kong, the firm has expanded the practice in its Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, Australia; Dubai; and London offices.
“We have invested heavily in our global construction practice in recent years,” said Holman Fenwick’s Hong Kong-based Asia Pacific construction head Martin Downey who joined two years ago from Stephenson Harwood, where he held the same position. “We will continue to expand in key locations to ensure that we are providing clients with the highest quality service in the markets that matter to them.”
Holman Fenwick relocated its global senior partner Richard Crump from London to Singapore in 2014 as part of the effort to emphasize the Asia Pacific market. In recent years, the U.K. firm has formed several local alliances in the region: in Singapore, it has been in a formal law alliance with AsiaLegal since 2015; last November, it launched an Indonesian association with Jakarta-based Rahayu & Partners; and in 2016, it formed a similar association with Shanghai-based shipping boutique Wintell & Co in the city’s Free Trade Zone.