Ms Rosita Lau > Ince > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Commercial Disputes, Insurance, Maritime, Aviation & travel, Marine




Rosita specialises in transportation law, all aspects of dry shipping, aviation, insurance, international trade and personal injury law and has over 20 years experience in them. She has been repeatedly voted by clients and commentaries as a leading lawyer.

She studied law in England and holds a Master of Law Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science of the University of London with a Mark of Merits. She is admitted to practise in four jurisdictions, namely, England and Wales, Australia ACT, Singapore and Hong Kong.


Rosita handles all types of charterparties and cargo carriage disputes. She acts for shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs, ports and terminal operators, freight forwarders, cargo interest and logistics operators.

Rosita is a LMAA Support Member and frequently advises the Hong Kong Government on shipping matters. Reported shipping cases include the Fan Yun 203 (a Hong Kong High Court (Admiralty Court) case) which remains the authority on identification of Mainland China beneficial but not registered shipowners.

She is popular among major metals and cement traders and represents clients in trade arbitrations including ICC and CIETAC arbitrations.

“A tremendous reputation in shipping practice”. Asia Pacific Legal 500

Rosita has been ranked by Asia Pacific Legal 500 since 2000 and voted by clients in Asia Law Practice survey for six consecutive years from 2004 as a leading lawyer in shipping.


Rosita represents leading P&I Clubs and many domestic and international insurance companies. She advises on insurance policies, drafting and insurance coverage disputes.

Rosita is one of the leading solicitors in Hong Kong for insurance regulatory work and has handled a large number of P&I Clubs’, maritime insurers’ and brokers’ applications for authorisation and license to operate in Hong Kong.

Rosita has been for twelve consecutive years since 2004 till present ranked as a “World Leading Expert Lawyer in Insurance and Reinsurance” in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s international survey. She is recommended in both Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for shipping insurance work, including shipping related personal injuries cases.

“Rosita maintains strong relationships with the major shipowners and insurers in Hong Kong and the PRC.”
Chambers Asia Pacific 

Commercial Disputes

Rosita has extensive experience in Hong Kong and London arbitrations and litigations, in particular for claims arising from non-performance of contracts, misrepresentation, heavy machinery and container terminal casualties. She advises and handles cases for most of the container terminal operators in Hong Kong.

She is recommended by Asia Pacific Legal 500 as having “considerable contentious expertise” in commercial, personal injury, commodity and trade disputes, in addition to shipping and insurance disputes.

Rosita has succeeded in defending many terminal owners and operators in criminal charges for unsafe operation and in civil claims for negligence. She works with overseas lawyers in international commercial disputes.

Aviation & travel

Rosita is the lead partner in Hong Kong for aviation matters. She is one of the very few panel lawyers of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, and has been acting and advising them on both contentious and non-contentious matters involving the airport, planes, property damage, contracts, torts, and personal injuries. She also acts for insurers in aviation cargo claims. She regularly advises them on matters that involve complex legal issues, multijurisdictional claims/proceedings and invariably regulatory, contract and civil matters. Rosita has many years of litigation, arbitration and mediation experience in the aviation sector.


English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Taishanese


London School of Economics, University of London

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Shipping

(Hall of Fame)

Rosita LauInce

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.

Hong Kong > Insurance

Marine insurance work forms the backbone of Ince‘s practice, however, the team is also adept at handling reinsurance matters and regulatory issues; Rosita Lau is noted for her expertise in regulatory work, and is well versed in representing aviation insurers. Lau shares leadership of the practice with Kelvin Lee, who heads up the firm’s North Asia insurance and reinsurance practice and is well known for handling machinery breakdown cases and coverage disputes concerning marine hull and marine cargo policies.