Mr Max Cross > Ince > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

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

Maritime, International Trade & Commodities, Commercial Disputes




Max is an International Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Mediation specialist. He has over 25 years of experience in international arbitration and other forms of commercial dispute resolution. The majority of his work involves international arbitration, with a particular focus on disputes in the transportation and international trade sectors and generally involving very substantial sums and multiple jurisdictions. He has been ranked by Legal 500 as Leading Individual in China: Shipping continuously for the past 10 years.  In the 2019 edition, he is described by clients as “commercial and highly experienced”. He is “’an elite class of his own’ and provides ‘results-driven service’ to clients in a range of disputes”. He is also recognized as a Band 1 Leading Individual by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019, where clients praised him as being “hands on, attentive and really on the ball”. In previous editions, Max was recommended for his “in-depth knowledge of the industry” and for being “able to adapt quickly to anything a case throws up”. As “a very creative problem solver”, he was complimented for being “dedicated and technically proficient”.

Max trained in London and moved to Hong Kong in 1998. He advises and acts as advocate in domestic and international commercial disputes, in particular in disputes concerning commercial sale and delivery contracts, enforcing payment or advising on the problems associated with late delivery, guarantees and letters of credit, contamination or product specification disputes, technical disputes (usually concerned with ship construction or with quantification of damages) and maritime contracts (charterparties, bills of lading, COAs, marine policies, abandoned or disputed cargoes, including the enforcement of liens and resolving issues over title, etc.).  Max also advises banks and hedge funds on issues arising from the insolvency of shipping companies, debt acquisition and restructuring. He has considerable experience advising debtors and creditors on the jurisdictional, legal and practical implications of insolvency within the shipping and international trade industries.

Max also acts in a range of substantial fraud disputes relating to misappropriation of assets and deceit and bribery claims. He is particularly skilled at obtaining and enforcing interim injunctions. Much of his workload has an international flavour.

Recent Reported Case:

>Re STX Pan Ocean (HK) Co Ltd (In Liquidation) [2014]




> Law Society of England and Wales

> Law Society of Hong Kong


University of London, King’s College

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Shipping

(Leading individuals)

Max CrossInce

A longstanding heavyweight in the Hong Kong market and also able to leverage significant resources in other key Asian maritime centres, including Shanghai, Beijing, and Singapore, Ince continues to be seen with great regularity in many of the region’s most significant disputes and transactions, for a varied roster of clients, including shipowners, port and terminal owners, lessors and P&I clubs. Experienced senior partners Rosita Lau and Max Cross head up the office’s dry shipping offering and provide commercial and astute advice to clients across a myriad contentious cross-border mandates, including bills of lading, loss of cargo, pollution claims, and coverage disputes. Master mariner Richard Oakley forms an integral part of the firm’s cross-office dedicated emergency response offering that is able to provide round-the-clock representation to clients in marine casualties anywhere in the world. As well as his sector-specific transactional expertise across corporate, commercial and financing matters, senior partner David Beaves is also recognised for his thought leadership on trends and developments impacting the global trade and shipping sectors. Managing associate Ruaridh Guy has a versatile shipping practice that not only includes work across a range of core wet and dry disputes, but also commodities-related work, as well as drafting and negotiations in relation to charterparties and sale contracts.