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What the team is known for

Outstanding shipping disputes team with a strong bench of experienced lawyers advising on both wet and dry cases. Regularly instructed on major casualties, collisions, cargo claims and charter party disputes, and able to advise on the salvage, fire and pollution aspects of cases. 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.

Strengths

One client finds the team to be "very responsive" and praises its ability to "come up with creative solutions."

The group is singled out by another client, who notes: "They are more willing to respect the will of clients, listen to different views, and adopt reasonable suggestions in time."

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Christopher Chan enjoys 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 practitioner who has forged a formidable reputation in the field of shipping litigation. He offers a market-leading practice in cross-border contentious matters regarding collision, casualty and licensing.

Hong Kong/England & Wales dual-qualified Henry Dunlop has more than 30 years of experience under his belt in the field. He excels in handling dispute resolution including both litigation and arbitration procedures.

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.

Patrick Cheung is a triple-qualified lawyer in Hong Kong, Australia and England & Wales who offers notable strengths in leasings and syndicated loans. He is recognised by one client as a "professional, meticulous, efficient and pragmatic" practitioner.

Patrick Yeung is a well-established practitioner with substantial knowledge in the shipping litigation area. One source recognises him as a "very experienced lawyer," while another client notes that he is "efficient and possesses the adequate knowledge in the area of shipping."

Based in Singapore, Paul Aston 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 practitioner who is active in dealing with contentious shipping issues. He has longstanding experience in litigation and arbitration matters concerning COA disputes and cargo claims.

Up-and-coming practitioner Trevor Fox provides advice on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters including charter party disputes, sales of ships and finance restructurings. One client notes that he is a "bright and energetic" practitioner who is "becoming more and more knowledgeable and experienced."

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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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