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Ince, Ruaridh Guy, Hong Kong, HONG KONG

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Ruaridh Guy

Work +852 2877 3221

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Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales)


Ruaridh trained in the firm’s London and Shanghai office and moved to Hong Kong in 2014.

Principally a litigator, he advises and represent parties in all types of cases relating to shipping in courts, arbitrations, international arbitrations and in foreign proceedings. Ruaridh offers a breadth of expertise across the full-range of dry shipping work, including bills of lading, charterparties (time, voyage, bareboat), contracts of affreightment, and ship sale & purchase contracts. 

In addition to contentious work, Ruaridh has also assisted various clients in negotiating and drafting contracts (charterparties, sale contracts, insurance policies etc.), whether bespoke or in the form of standard terms. Ruaridh also acts in numerous disputes, involving both Mainland Chinese and foreign parties, which arise out of winding-up petitions and other insolvency proceedings.

Ruaridh also has extensive experience in the international trade and commodities sector, acting for a range of different parties.  He has particular expertise in matters relating to the trade in oil and oil products.

Highlight Matters:

>  Advising several insurers on issues arising out of the 2015 Tianjin explosion

>  Acting for Owners in relation to a large unsafe port claim, involving proceedings in multiple jurisdictions

>  Acting for creditors of STX Pan Ocean and its related companies in relation to large claims in the rehabilitation / insolvency proceedings

>  Representing the buyers of a cargo of iron pipes which suffered catastrophic damage en-route from China to Australia

>  Representing several parties in relation to issues arising from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014

>  Acting for lenders seeking to enforce their security over a number of vessels following borrower’s default




>   Law Society of England and Wales

Hong Kong


Within: Shipping

'Shipping heavyweight' Ince  provides 'responsive, commercial and accurate advice' across the panoply of transactional and litigation matters on behalf of operators, charterers and P&I clubs, among other clients. The 'commercial and highly experienced' Max Cross is in 'an elite class of his own' and provides 'results-driven service' to clients engaged in a range of shipping disputes, including those relating to cargo deliveries and bills of lading. Cross also represents banks and hedge funds on issues arising from the insolvency of shipping companies, debt acquisition and restructuring. He recently secured a favourable result for the owner of cargo of a particularly dangerous and unstable product when he persuaded the Hong Kong High Court to take the unusual step of varying an arrest order to allow the cargo to be safely removed in an expedited fashion following the arrest of the vessel on which it was being carried. Ruaridh Guy was also involved in the aforementioned matter, and is a key resource to clients engaged in complex shipping disputes by virtue of his 'adaptability' and ability to provide 'practical, pragmatic and commercially astute advice'. Rosita Lau's wide-ranging transportation practice includes a significant amount of dry shipping work, while master mariner Richard Oakley is a pivotal part of the office's market-leading admiralty practice, which often works closely with lawyers in Beijing and Shanghai to provide 'very responsive service' in disputes arising from marine casualties in the region. Rory Macfarlane has a focus on regulatory and compliance work and has developed a particular specialism in relation to maritime cybersecurity matters.

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