PHPG Law Firm

Concentrating in the industrial activity of major corporations, PREEL HECQUET PAYET-GODEL
is a law firm which provides counsel and assistance to large industries and their French and foreign insurance companies.

The three partners, as members of the UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats), International Lawyers Union), have established privileged relationship in foreign countries, with many well known law firms, specialized in insurance law. Thus, it is possible to manage international and european cases.

Our specialties

Areas of concentration

We have acquired experience in the following business sectors:

  • Aeronautics
  • Food industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Construction
    • engineering structures
    • framing
    • roofing
    • steel framing
    • water lines
  • HVAC
  • Chemicals
  • Electricity
  • Electronics
  • Industrial packaging
  • Energy
  • Civil engineering / construction
  • High technology
  • Fire / explosion
  • Information technology
  • Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Lifting and material handling equipment
  • Mechanics
  • Metallurgical industry
  • Engines and turbines
  • Nuclear
  • Painting, glaziery and cladding
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Health
  • Waste treatment / purification stations
  • Transport: rail, car

Our worldwide activities

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Our services

The PHPG & Partners quality charter places the emphasis on the following 6 principles when handling cases:
Availability - Commitment - Experience with technical cases - Teamwork with the client, his engineers and assessors - Correspondents worldwide - A pragmatic approach.


Our clients consult us in the following areas:


we represent our clients in all French and foreign jurisdictions and provide assistance with French "expertise",


assistance and representation in arbitration proceedings,

Legal counsel and advice

consulting on insurance law, drafting of polices, consultation with respect to public procurement contracts, establishing product recall procedures, assistance with regard to risk prevention and product traceability, corporate risk management plans in liaison with the risk manager, analysis of contracts and advice in contractual matters, prevention and resolution of industrial disputes, assistance with administrative authorities (DGCCRF, DSV,DGA...),


organization of customized seminars for businesses, monitoring and reporting of legal developments.

Our team

PHPG has been founded in july 2007 by Jean-Marie Preel, Françoise Hecquet and Jean-Baptiste Payet-Godel, former partners of CLYDE & Co Paris.

The firm works in close collaboration with:

Colleagues in France

they have established privileged relationships with a network of law firms located in France and in the French Overseas Departments and Territories

Consultants in foreign law

they have two consultants specialized in Spanish and Italian law

Colleagues abroad

they have signed a cooperation agreement with COZEN O'CONNOR (United-States, United-Kingdom) and JOHN STRUB & SEILER, a prominent German law firm and other leading firms (Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece, Argentina, Spain, Japan). They also have access to the "network" members of the UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats).


The PHPG law firm is officially rated by Legal 500 and Chambers
Jean-Marie PREEL, Françoise HECQUET, Jean-Baptiste PAYET-GODEL

PHPG law firm is referenced with Legal 500 in Insurance Law and Commercial and Business Litigation. Its lawyers' professionalism and availability and their strong knowledge of engineering businesses are notable.

PHPG law firm is also distinguished by Chambers in Insurance Law due to its understanding of all aspects of that area of practice.

Contract law: new illegal clauses have emerged

In l'Argus de l'Assurance's issue dated December 15th, 2016, the firm published an article on illegal terms and conditions and the consequences of new contract law requirements after the February 10th, 2016 Order regarding the modifications of the Civil Code that entered into force on October 1st, 2016.

What if the insurers abandoned subrogation!

In l'Argus de l'Assurance's issue dated November 3rd, 2016, the firm published an article on the possibility for Insurers to replace the traditional subrogation by the new system of assignment of claims created by the February 10th, 2016 Order regarding the modifications of the Civil Code that entered into force on October 1st, 2016.

Our offices

PHPG takes on cases both in France and internationally

In France


3 avenue Bugeaud
75116 PARIS

Tel : +33 (0)1 58 05 25 35
Fax : +33 (0)1 58 05 25 36


United States - United Kingdom - Canada

Cozen O'Connor Attorneys
16th Floor, 45 Broadway
NY 10006.3792 NEW-YORK

Tel : +1 (212) 908 1242
Contact : Christopher KENDE

(Framework agreement signed with the law firm)


John, Strub, Seiler & Kollegen
Sulzbachstrasse 22

Tel : +49 (0)6 81 93 64 30
Contact : Klaus JOHN

(Framework agreement signed with the law firm)

Close working relationships have also been forged with foreign law firms (Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece, Argentina, Spain, Japan) and with members of the International Association of Lawyers.


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