Firm Profile > Ince > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

4404-10, 44th Floor, One Island East
18 Westlands Road
Taikoo Place
Hong Kong

Shipping Tier 1

Benefiting from 'outstanding shipping knowledge' out of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore, Ince is well-placed to provide 'commercially oriented advice' to clients throughout Southeast Asia across the spectrum of wet, dry and transactional matters. The team benefits from a 'strong bench strength of knowledgeable partners', including Rosita Lau and Max Cross, who regularly handle complex multi-jurisdictional shipping-related commercial disputes, with Lau particularly noted for her 'excellent arbitration capabilities'. Master mariner Richard Oakley is a pivotal member of the team on the ground in Hong Kong forming an integral part of the firm's cross-office dedicated emergency response offering that is able to provide round-the-clock representation in relation to marine casualties anywhere in the world. Senior partner David Beaves has vast experience across corporate, commercial and banking transactions in the shipping sector and has a particular engagement and knowledge of China's Belt and Road Initiative. Managing associate Ruaridh Guy 's broad-ranging expertise extends beyond his core wet and dry competence to include work flowing from the international trade and commodities sector, as well as insolvency-related disputes in the shipping sector.

Practice head(s):

David Beaves

Other key lawyers:

Rosita Lau; Max Cross; Gary Wong; Janice Lee; Richard Oakley; Lorraine Mok; Ruaridh Guy


‘The solid shipping practice handles a wide variety of wet and dry shipping matters.’

‘The firm keeps clients up to date on key developments in the sector, through electronic and face-to-face sessions.’

‘David Beaves and Gary Wong excel at handling newbuild construction contracts, rig sales and China market matters, to name a few.’

Key clients

Hamburg Commercial Bank (Singapore branch)

Insurance Tier 3

Ince's practice is well known for its niche expertise in marine insurance; reinsurance mandates also feature in the team's workload. Kelvin Lee, who leads the firm's North Asia insurance and reinsurance practice, heads up the group: his key speciality is handling coverage disputes concerning marine cargo and marine hull policies, and he is equally adept at cases regarding machinery breakdown. Lee also represents brokers and insurers in non-contentious matters. Regulatory specialist Rosita Lau is 'meticulous, hands-on and hardworking'.

Practice head(s):

Kelvin Lee

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Zurich Insurance

China Taiping Insurance

Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)

Combining excellent subject matter knowledge – by virtue of the firm's longstanding focus on the maritime sector – with significant financing expertise, Ince remains a compelling proposition for a 'balanced roster of lenders and borrowers' in the market. Benefiting from practitioners on the ground in mainland China and Singapore, the team is able to provide a coordinated approach on financings impacting upon numerous Asian markets. Gary Wong heads up the Asia shipping finance practice from Hong Kong and oversees a team, that despite some recent turmoil (a result of the firm's well-publicised financial difficulties and subsequent merger with Gordon Dodds), continues to handle a high-calibre of work, across pure financing and leasing mandates, in addition to broader corporate and commercial mandates within the sector. While the firm still maintains a solid pipeline of work for shipowners and banks, the arrival in May 2018 of Janice Lee  from Stephenson Harwood strengthens its lessor offering in light of her ties with many Chinese leasing companies. Managing associate Lorraine Mok  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gary Wong

Other key lawyers:

David Beaves; Janice Lee; Lorraine Mok

Key clients

Hamburg Commercial Bank

One firm, in any case

With a heritage reaching back 150 years, Ince is a dynamic international legal and professional services firm, with offices in seven countries across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With over 500 people, including over 100 partners worldwide, Ince provides legal advice and strategic guidance to clients ranging from the world’s oldest and biggest businesses operating across numerous industries to ultra-high net worth individuals.

Ince Hong Kong

Established in 1979, Ince is one of the most established international law firms in Hong Kong, advising some of the world’s most successful businesses on a wide range of complex and demanding matters in Asia. We practise local Hong Kong law and English law, and have a multinational team of solicitors and registered foreign lawyers qualified in China, US, Australia and Singapore. Our Hong Kong team is an important part of the firm’s China practice, and also handles matters involving other Asian jurisdictions including Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and those in South-East Asia.

We assist clients in contentious, transactional and corporate matters with particular focus on the firm’s core sectors: Maritime, Commodities & trade, Energy & Infrastructure and Insurance. In addition, we have cross-sector groups that focus on corporate & finance services and commercial disputes. Underpinned by our in-depth knowledge of our clients’ industries, we develop innovative products and provide cutting edge solutions to support our clients’ commercial objectives, which include structured finance, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and our Ince Compliance and cyber security offerings.

Our partners are among the most trusted legal advisors to the transportation and logistics industry in Hong Kong, serving as legal advisors to The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Institute of Seatransport, and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, and sitting on the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (“HKMPB”) of the Hong Kong Government.

Ince Facts

Over 500 lawyers and business services professionals, including over 100 partners.

Ince has 14 offices in 7 countries:

  • UK: London, Cardiff & Aberdeen
  • Germany: Hamburg
  • Greece: Piraeus
  • Gibraltar
  • United Arab Emirates: Dubai
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • China: Shanghai & Beijing


  • Maritime
  • Aviation & travel
  • Energy & infrastructure
  • Commodities & trade
  • TMT
  • Gaming & betting
  • Leisure, hospitality & retail
  • Insurance
  • Real estate
  • Private wealth & family


  • Consultancy
  • Dispute resolution
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Banking & finance
  • Employment, pensions & immigration
  • Cyber security
  • Regulatory solutions
  • Licensing
  • IP/IT
  • Competition
  • Construction & engineering
  • Charities & philanthropy
Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Greater China Paul Ho
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr David Beaves  photo Mr David Beaves Senior Partner
Mr William Blagbrough  photo Mr William Blagbrough Partner
 Crystal Chan  photo Crystal Chan Associate
 Zoe Chan  photo Zoe Chan Associate
Mr Simon Cheng  photo Mr Simon Cheng Maritime, Commercial Disputes
 Bernadette Cheng  photo Bernadette Cheng Senior Associate
 Tracy Chung  photo Tracy Chung Associate
Mr Max Cross  photo Mr Max Cross Partner
Mr Ruaridh Guy  photo Mr Ruaridh Guy Managing Associate
 Joey Ho  photo Joey Ho Associate
 Karen Lam  photo Karen Lam Associate
Ms Rosita Lau  photo Ms Rosita Lau Partner
 Alfred Lau  photo Alfred Lau Partner
Mr Kelvin Lee  photo Mr Kelvin Lee Partner
 Tonny Lee  photo Tonny Lee Senior Associate
 Janice Lee  photo Janice Lee Partner
 Michelle Lee  photo Michelle Lee Associate
Mr Rory Macfarlane  photo Mr Rory Macfarlane Partner
Mr Donald Man  photo Mr Donald Man Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales)
Ms Lorraine Mok  photo Ms Lorraine Mok Managing Associate
Mr Richard Oakley  photo Mr Richard Oakley Managing Associate and Master Mariner
Ms Joanne Waters  photo Ms Joanne Waters Senior Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales)
Mr Gary Wong  photo Mr Gary Wong Partner
Mr Toby Yip  photo Mr Toby Yip Associate
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