Skip to content



Band 1Asia-Pacific RegionGlobal 2022 View ranking table

Chambers Review

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

What the team is known for

HFW has a superb shipping law disputes practice with outstanding capabilities across China, Singapore and Australia, alongside a notable offering within the South Korean market. Particularly astute in handling casualty response across its offices, as well as charter party, bill of lading, environmental and offshore vessel disputes. Frequently instructed by leading maritime clients, including ship owners and P&I clubs, on insurance claims. Well placed to assist with major shipping incidents involving cargo damage, marine casualties and personal injury claims.


One source comments: "We feel comfortable when HFW is handling our high-value and high-stakes matters."

Another interviewee praises the firm as "excellent at managing the different demands of international transactions."

One impressed source comments: "HFW has continually provided timely and thorough responses, often with short notice, to assist us with achieving our desired outcomes."

Another source praises HFW as "first rate," adding: "They are professionally astute and accurate, and have a strong focus on the pragmatic commercial realities within which the business operates."

Work highlights

HFW acted for Oman Shipping Company on a secured sale and leaseback financing of USD182.55 million by ICBC Leasing for two newbuilding very large crude carriers.

The team also represented Maersk in defence of cargo claims arising from a cyber attack affecting the company's global operations.

It also advised Bright Shipping on liability proceedings before various courts, including the Hong Kong Admiralty Court, following the collision of its ship 'Sanchi' with the bulk carrier 'CF Crystal', which resulted in the loss of the entire crew of 'Sanchi'.

HFW advised Maple Leaf Carriers and UK P&I Club on contractual negotiations and charterer force majeure declarations in relation to a cargo of logs, after the Chinese General Administration of Customs  – Animal and Plant Quarantine Bureau imposed custom bans on certain Australian products.

Notable practitioners

Key points of contact for the firm are Gavin Vallely in Melbourne, Christopher Chan in Hong Kong and Chris Metcalf in Singapore.

This page contains Chambers Research content only

Ranked departments can:
  • License the use of Chambers content
  • Access Research Analytics
  • Tailor profile information

View other firms ranked in this practice area

View ranking table