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International commercial law firm Hill Dickinson has won the Maritime Professional Services Award at the 2018 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards.

The awards dinner was hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin on Thursday 8 March with the key note speech provided by Eoin Mac Aoidh, a Policy Expert at the European Commission. Legal Director Colin Lavelle and Senior Associate Rachel Hoyland from the firm’s shipping team collected the award at Anfield Stadium, the home of Liverpool Football Club, where more than 400 people gathered together to celebrate the achievements of the region’s maritime sector, which employs more than 28,000 people.

Commenting on the win, Colin Lavelle said: “The MMIAs are a fantastic showcase for the maritime community across the Liverpool City Region and a great opportunity to celebrate businesses of all shapes and sizes within the sector. The Maritime Professional Services Award recognises the collaborative spirit which characterises Hill Dickinson’s legal services offering, and its expertise within the maritime sector.”

The award win follows a strong 18 months for the firm’s marine, trade and energy group during which time the team has expanded to include Julian Clark, as Global Head of shipping, partners Tony Swinnerton, Lewis Moore and Siiri Duddington and several more associates.

Set up in 2003, Mersey Maritime is the representative body for the maritime sector and related industry sectors operating across the Liverpool city region. The underlying theme for the awards ‘Making Waves Globally’ was chosen to reflect Liverpool’s global scale trading and its lead on infrastructure investment, innovation, and connectivity both nationally and worldwide.

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