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Christopher Chan

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Shipping / Dispute Resolution


Christopher is a partner specialising in all aspects of marine litigation and arbitration, commercial litigation and international trade disputes. His practice covers all aspects of shipping disputes to include collisions, salvage, charterparty disputes, bills of lading, cargo claims, tug and tow disputes, stevedore damage claims, personal injuries/fatal accident claims, insurance coverage issues and P&I insurance matters generally.


Member of the Marine Insurance Club and the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association. The honorary legal adviser to the Hong Kong & Kowloon Motor Boats & Tug Boats Association Limited and the Hong Kong Cargo-Vessel Traders' Association Limited.

Hong Kong


Within: Shipping

Benefiting from 'comprehensive knowledge of the shipping industry', and aided on cross-border matters by practitioners based in other key locations including Piraeus, Singapore and London, HFW provides the full range of litigation and commercial services to P&I clubs, shipowners and charterers. Hong Kong- and UK-qualified partner Henry Dunlop regularly handles cases involving parties based in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea; he recently secured summary judgment on behalf of Cosco Bulk Carrier before the English High Court in the defence of claims bought by cargo interests following a collision in Chinese waters. The 'very competent and professional' Patrick Cheung regularly handles disputes concerning shipping-related personal injury and accidents, as well as charterparty, shipbuilding and bills-of-lading matters. In addition to handling contentious shipping matters, Henry Fung is active on the corporate and commercial front and is noted for his 'professionalism' and 'ability to anticipate problems'. George Lamplough has an excellent reputation for handling wet and dry disputes and is a key member of the team, which also includes head of shipping Christopher Chan and senior associate Catherine Smith, who is well regarded for handling charterparty, cargo and bills-of-lading disputes.

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