Choi & Kim

Shipping Department

South Korea
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What the team is known for Well-established boutique, highly specialised in maritime, insurance and international trade-related matters. Noted for its representation of shipowners and P&I clubs, with particular strength in contentious shipping matters involving bill of lading issues, cargo claims and charter party disputes, as well as marine casualty incidents, including oil spills. Clients include marine insurers and a number of prominent shipping companies.

Strengths A market commentator considers the team a "highly reputable shipping practice" while another source rates it as a"leading shipping firm."

An interviewee, who regards the team as "one of the two top firms in representing shipowners and P&I clubs," further describes it as "highly recommendable!"

Notable practitioners

Firm co-founder CJ Kim is an "excellent lawyer with broad experience," according to sources. He is a dispute expert in shipping, insurance and international trade with decades of experience under his belt. A market commentator notes: "Korean society recognises his significance as an authoritative figure in shipping." He led the high-profile investigation into the 'Sewol' ferry disaster.

One of the founding partners of the firm, JH Choi is called a "shipping veteran with a great reputation" by one source, while another reports that he is "highly respected, well known and very active." His clients include P&I clubs, international and domestic shipping companies and insurers and he is particularly well known for his handling of contentious maritime issues.