Ms Joanne Waters > Ince > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

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Senior Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales)


Joanne works within the Shipping Group dealing with shipping litigation and related admiralty, logistics and non-contentious work, including regulatory and compliance issues.

Joanne acts for international clients mainly in the shipping and logistics sectors, including ship owners, charterers, freight forwarders and P&I Clubs, on cases involving English court and international arbitration proceedings. She also deals with general commercial litigation on issues such as defaults under international sale contracts, debt recovery and international insolvencies.

Joanne was recently seconded for four months to Tokyo to help and advise the Japan P&I Association on their daily shipping matters and to act as in-house legal advisor on English law issues, on a broad range of P&I and FDD matters. She also gave a regular series of presentations and workshops to the claims handlers.

Joanne trained and worked in our London office before relocating to Hong Kong in 2015.

Highlight Matters:

>Bank Of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd V Owners of the MV Sanko Mineral (The “Sanko Mineral”) [2015] 1 LLR 247 – Acting for owners to defend claims by creditors before the Admiralty and Chancery courts involving the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations and the exercise of in rem rights.

> Acting for owners in concurrent LMAA arbitrations in a dispute over the redelivery and delivery of an Aframax tanker under bareboat charters.  Involved analysis of the legal and technical issues as to the required condition for the ship to be fit to trade and subsequent off-hire claims.

> Acting for Owners in an LMAA arbitration related to liquefaction of iron ore fines and consequent charterparty dispute concerning off-hire and dangerous cargo

> Acting for Owners in defence of a claim from an LNG terminal following allegations of damage to terminal infrastructure during discharge

> Acting for freight forwarders advising on defence of claims from cargo owners following damage to project cargo and potential recourse against carrier

> Acting for owners during the negotiation of a COA plus associated contracts for services related to the export of commodities.


>Law Society of England and Wales

> Executive Council of WISTA Hong Kong


Masters in International Law and Economics, World Trade Institute, Berne