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HFW

Shipping (International Firms)

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What the team is known for

HFW boasts an outstanding shipping disputes team with a strong bench of experienced lawyers advising on both wet and dry cases. Regularly instructed on major casualties, including collision, fire, salvage and pollution claims as well as cargo claims and charter party disputes. Also offers shipping finance capabilities, including on syndicated loans and leasing deals. Provides impressive cross-border coverage from its offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Instructed by leading maritime companies, including ship owners, general insurance companies and P&I clubs, such as Bright Shipping and SchenkerOcean.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Chan is the department co-head based in Hong Kong and has a solid reputation in the shipping sector. He has well-established experience in both wet and dry cases including wreck removals, salvages, cargo claims and charter party disputes.

George Lamplough is a well-established lawyer who has forged a formidable reputation in the field of shipping litigation. He offers a market-leading practice in cross-border contentious matters and crisis management regarding major collisions and casualties, including related loss of life and asset damage claims. One source praises his "ability, stamina and eagerness to fight for the right cause."

Henry Dunlop is Hong Kong/England & Wales dual-qualified and has more than 30 years of experience under his belt in the field. He excels in handling shipping dispute resolution including both litigation and arbitration procedures. He frequently acts for P&I clubs in relation to claims arising out of ship casualties.

Nicholas Poynder is head of the Shanghai office and has in-depth knowledge of shipping arbitration cases before the ICC, the LMAA, HKIAC and SIAC. He is frequently sought out for representations in matters relating to cross-border contractual disputes and charter party disputes. One source praises him for "understanding the local context like few others."

Patrick Cheung is a triple-qualified lawyer in Hong Kong, Australia and England & Wales, who offers notable strengths in the leasing of vessels as well as syndicated loans financings, including ship mortgages. One client highlights his "commercial insight into the shipping industry."

Patrick Yeung is a well-established lawyer with substantial knowledge in shipping litigation. He is seen acting in cases concerning damages claims and cargo interest disputes.

Paul Aston is based in Singapore and is well regarded for skilfully handling offshore matters, including those pertaining to insurance and shipbuilding. He is also commended for his ability in international arbitration.

Peter Murphy is a well-established lawyer who is active in dealing with contentious shipping issues. He has longstanding experience in litigation and arbitration matters concerning contracts of affreightment disputes and cargo claims. One client finds him to be "exceptional," explaining: "Even when it feels like the whole world is falling apart, he makes you feel like everything will be fine."

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China

Shipping (International Firms)


Paul Aston
Expertise based abroad in Singapore

Shipping: Finance (International Firms)


Patrick Cheung
Band 3

Shipping: Litigation (International Firms)


Christopher Chan
Band 2
George Lamplough
Band 1
Henry Dunlop
Band 3
Nicholas Poynder
Band 3

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