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Ince & Co

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Rosita Lau

Work +852 2877 3221
Ince & Co

Work Department

Commercial Disputes, Insurance & Reinsurance, Shipping, Aviation, Marine




Rosita specialises in transportation law, all aspects of dry shipping, aviation, insurance, international trade and personal injury law. She has been repeatedly voted by clients and commentaries as a leading lawyer.

She studied law in England and holds a Master of Law Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science of the University of London. She is admitted to practise in England and Wales, Australia ACT, Singapore and Hong Kong.


Rosita handles all types of charterparties and cargo carriage disputes. She acts for shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs, ports and terminal operators, freight forwarders, cargo interest and logistics operators.

Rosita is a LMAA Support Member and frequently advises the Hong Kong Government on shipping matters. Reported shipping cases include the Fan Yun 203 (a Hong Kong High Court (Admiralty Court) case) which remains the authority on identification of Mainland China beneficial but not registered shipowners.

She is popular among major metals and cement traders and represents clients in trade arbitrations including ICC and CIETAC arbitrations.

Rosita was recently honoured as the “Maritime Lawyer of the Year” at the Lloyd’s List Asia Awards 2016, and has been ranked as one of the Top Ten maritime lawyers in the Lloyd’s List global "One Hundred" (a review of the most influential people in shipping) twice, in 2010 and 2016.

"A tremendous reputation in shipping practice”. Asia Pacific Legal 500

Rosita has been ranked by Asia Pacific Legal 500 since 2000 and voted by clients in Asia Law Practice survey for six consecutive years from 2004 as a leading lawyer in shipping.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Rosita represents leading P&I Clubs and many domestic and international insurance companies. She advises on insurance policies, drafting and insurance coverage disputes.

Rosita is one of the leading solicitors in Hong Kong for insurance regulatory work and has handled a large number of P&I Clubs', maritime insurers’ and brokers’ applications for authorisation and license to operate in Hong Kong.

Rosita has been for twelve consecutive years since 2004 till present ranked as a “World Leading Expert Lawyer in Insurance and Reinsurance" in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s international survey. She is recommended in both Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for shipping insurance work, including shipping related personal injuries cases.

"Rosita maintains strong relationships with the major shipowners and insurers in Hong Kong and the PRC."

Chambers Asia Pacific 2014

Commercial Disputes

Rosita has extensive experience in Hong Kong and London arbitrations and litigations, in particular for claims arising from non-performance of contracts, misrepresentation, heavy machinery and container terminal casualties. She advises and handles cases for most of the container terminal operators in Hong Kong.

She is recommended by Asia Pacific Legal 500 as having “considerable contentious expertise” in commercial, personal injury, commodity and trade disputes, in addition to shipping and insurance disputes.

Rosita has succeeded in defending many terminal owners and operators in criminal charges for unsafe operation and in civil claims for negligence. She works with overseas lawyers in international commercial disputes.


Rosita is the lead partner in Hong Kong for aviation matters. She is one of the very few panel lawyers of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, and has been acting and advising them on both contentious and non-contentious matters involving the airport, planes, property damage, contracts, torts, and personal injuries. She also acts for insurers in aviation cargo claims. She regularly advises them on matters that involve complex legal issues, multijurisdictional claims/proceedings and invariably regulatory, contract and civil matters. Rosita has many years of litigation, arbitration and mediation experience in the aviation sector.


London School of Economics, University of London

Hong Kong


Within: Insurance

Ince & Co is best known for marine insurance, although it has a thriving broader insurance practice covering personal injury, professional indemnity and product liability, among other areas. The firm has a number of Chinese and international insurance clients. Kelvin Lee covers marine and non-marine insurance and is especially active in Greater China, and Rosita Lau is noted for marine insurance and insurance regulatory issues.

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Within: Leading individuals

Rosita Lau - Ince & Co

Within: Shipping

Ince & Co provides an ‘excellent and knowledgeable service’ across the panoply of transactional and litigation matters impacting the shipping sector on behalf of shipping companies (such as OOCL and COSCO Shipping) and P&I clubs (such as Gard and Swedish Club). Senior partner David Beaves has vast experience in the sector and is also a pivotal presence in relation to the firm’s continued development and expansion in Greater China. On the admiralty front, the team handles the full spectrum of work including maritime casualty investigations, collisions, groundings and pollution cases, and benefits from the expertise of two master mariners among its ranks – Richard Oakley, who is based in Hong Kong, and Harry Hirst, who splits his time between Hong Kong and Singapore. The ‘very commercialRosita Lau has an excellent reputation among clients in Hong Kong and mainland China across both wet and dry shipping matters and has developed a particularly strong track record representing clients in Hong Kong and London arbitrations concerning claims arising from non-performance of contracts, misrepresentation, and heavy machinery and container terminal casualties. Other recommended partners include ‘master tacticianMax Cross, who has ‘in-depth knowledge of the local arbitrators and local Bar’; Su Yin Anand, for dry shipping and logistics litigation; Rory Macfarlane, for his litigation and regulatory expertise, often in the context of Taiwan and Japan-related matters; and Gary Wong, who excels at commercial shipping work.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Ince & Co handles a range of disputes including shipping and commodities matters, ranging from commodity sales though to debt recovery and cargo matters. Max Cross, Rosita Lau and Rory Macfarlane lead heavyweight mandates. Geographically, clients range from mainland Chinese and other Asian clients, as well as European and US players.

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Within: Litigation

The team at Ince & Cohandles disputes with real skill, great care, and painstaking attention to detail’. ‘Master tacticianMax Cross focuses on cases in the transportation and international trade sectors, while Rosita Lau advises on commercial, personal injury, commodities, trade, shipping and insurance disputes, and Rory MacFarlane handles contentious commodities matters and debt recovery actions for large corporations.

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