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Des Voeux Chambers

Des Voeux Chambers includes silks and juniors who handle shipping cases as part of broader commercial practices. Christopher Chain is active in maritime work including vessel collisions and litigation around the enforcement of arbitral awards. Among the set's silks, Charles Sussex SC has a pedigree of practicing for a decade in London out of what is now known as Quadrant Chambers, and the 'very experienced' Clifford Smith SC also has a track record of the jurisdiction's key shipping cases.

Gilt Chambers

Gilt Chambers' Colin Wright - who is also a tenant at 36 Stone in London - handles arbitration and litigation work surrounding shipbuilding and vessel collisions both in Hong Kong and elsewhere. In one matter, he represented the latter in High Court case Chimbusco Pan National Petro-Chemical v Akrstar Ship Management, a dispute over the breakdown of an offshore support vessel, allegedly caused by a contaminated bunker, raising issues regarding limitation clauses and the use of the Control of Exemption Clauses Ordinance. Also in the set is Nick Luxton, who brings the expertise of this work in Australia and as a solicitor at HFW.

Pacific Chambers

Pacific Chambers' Mary Thomson - also a member of 36 Stone in London and formerly a partner at Kennedys - is popular as an arbitrator in Hong Kong and across Asia in all manner of disputes concerning shipbuilding, charterparties, and the sale and purchase of vessels.

Prince's Chambers

Edward Alder at Prince's Chambers has a strong reputation in the market and has a track record of work as arbitrator and counsel across the gamut of shipping disputes. A former HFW partner, he is a panel arbitrator for both the SCMA and HKIAC. In the courts, he represents the Hong Kong party in Bright Shipping v Changhong Group, a dispute heard by the Court of Appeal concerning the 2008 collision of Iranian-operated tanker Sanchi with a Hong Kong bulk carrier, leaving no survivors on the former; at dispute as to if a limitation fund should be set up in Hong Kong or the jurisdiction of the Shanghai Maritime Court.