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Hill Dickinson Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Shipping Tier 2

Hill Dickinson Hong Kong's two-partner team is a relatively established presence in the Hong Kong market and is effectively able to harness shipping strength from across key firmwide offices, including London and Singapore, to provide a 'professional and customer-oriented service' across the gamut of wet and dry litigation. Damien Laracy has 'in-depth understanding of international maritime laws and practices', which he implements to good effect across a panoply of complex maritime disputes, including in relation to the enforcement of ship mortgages on behalf of banks and shipowners. The arrival in October 2018 of 'practical and effective' PRC- and UK-qualified practitioner Edward Liu has significantly enhanced the firm's profile in the mainland Chinese market among shipowners, charterers and operators, particularly in light of his ability to guide indigenous entities dealing with international arbitration and litigation.


‘The firm has a very good reputation for shipping work.’

‘Edward Liu has an excellent reputation among Chinese clients.’

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

The 'very dedicated' team at Hill Dickinson Hong Kong is jointly led by Damien Laracy and Bryan O’Hare. The practice is especially strong in international trade and commodities disputes, shipping litigation, and insolvency-related cases.


‘Damien Laracy is always on top of his cases and ensures that every angle to a problem has been considered. He comes across as a very fair-minded practitioner who is committed to providing clients with sensible legal advice which they can trust and actually act upon. He is very good with clients, and can be expected when necessary to step in and help convince the client that an argument or a proposed course of action is not in its best interests.’

‘Bryan O’Hare is always a pleasure to work with. He is very knowledgeable in insolvency matters and also has a wealth of experience in asset tracing and recovery, including urgent applications for freezing injunctions. I always find his views to be commercially-sound and grounded in legal principle. Whilst being a solid lawyer, he knows how to think from the client’s perspective and avoids giving advice which is overly technical or legalistic.’

‘Bryan O’Hare. Great strategist. Great with clients. Hands-on and approachable. Straight to the point. A pleasure to deal with.’

‘Bryan O’Hare is a senior and respected Hong Kong litigator – very commercial and a safe pair of hands for commercial dispute resolution matters.’

The firm: Hill Dickinson Hong Kong works with the firm’s offices in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Greece and Monaco, to service a global client base.

Best known for its expertise in commercial litigation, international arbitration, and contentious shipping and trade matters, the firm also has non-contentious capability.

Damien Laracy, partner, specialises in commercial and maritime litigation and arbitration as well as financial and workplace investigations and inquiries. He also sits as an arbitrator.

Bryan O’Hare specialises in commercial and financial disputes and insolvency litigation.

Tony Jex specialises in corporate/commercial work and is also a notary public.

Areas of practice: The firm offers a broad range of legal services in the following categories: contentious, regulatory, non-contentious and shipping.

On the contentious side, the firm advises clients on complex high value cross-border commercial litigation and international arbitration as well as more straightforward domestic commercial disputes. Hill Dickinson regularly advises stakeholders (debtors and creditors) in distressed situations and related security enforcement and insolvency procedures in Hong Kong, the PRC and other Asian jurisdictions. The firm also advises on shareholder disputes (including ‘quasi partnership’ disputes), joint venture disputes, investment product misrepresentation/misselling claims, banking disputes, internet crime (business email compromise scams/CEO fraud) and more routine debt/asset recovery matters, sale of goods disputes and employment issues. The firm regularly appears before the High Court on urgent confidential interim relief applications to trace, preserve and recover assets (including the appointment of provisional liquidators and receivers, freezing orders, Anton Piller orders and discovery and disclosure applications ).

The firm regularly provides advice concerning the validity of arbitration clauses, and the enforceability of judgments and arbitration awards.

The firm advises on contentious insurance matters including coverage and defence work.

In a regulatory context, the firm advises company directors and others involved in the management of listed companies, as well as employers and employees involved in regulatory investigations. Anthony Jex provides regulatory advice to companies in the insurance and shipping industries – including on authorisation as an insurer or intermediary in Hong Kong and on changes associated with the independent Insurance Authority.

Anthony Jex has practised in Hong Kong for 25 years. His team advises clients in relation to corporate/commercial matters, business sale and purchase, real estate sale and leasing, trusts and wills, employment issues.

On the shipping side, clients consult Hill Dickinson Hong Kong in respect both contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm handles ship-building, ship sale, and purchase disputes of misdelivery claims, cargo loss and damage claims, ship mortgage enforcement, charterparty disputes, claims under ship management agreements and admiralty work generally. The firm advises banks, brokers, traders, ship owners, charterers, underwriters and the international group of P&I clubs. Hill Dickinson’s wet specialists also assist and advise in relation to marine collisions, groundings, salvage and pollution issues. The firm assists on ship sale and purchase transactions, escrow arrangements and contract drafting.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution
Commercial crime and fraud
Restructuring and insolvency
Shipping (wet and dry)
Insurance (contentious and regulatory)
Regulatory (HKEX, SFC)
Probate, trusts and wills
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Anthony Jex  photo Mr Anthony Jex
 Damien Laracy  photo Damien Laracy
 Bryan O’Hare  photo Bryan O’Hare
Number of lawyers at this office : 10