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Hill Dickinson Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Shipping Tier 2

Benefiting from a longstanding shipping heritage, both in the region and internationally, Hill Dickinson Hong Kong office forms a vital part of the firm's overarching maritime offering, which is effectively able to service the local and international needs of a broad range of clients, including P&I clubs, owners and charterers. Damien Laracy spearheads much of the firm's contentious shipping work and is well-versed at handling formal court proceedings and international arbitrations, as well as providing advice on the pre-emptive early steps to secure claims by way of injunctive relief. Laracy also has experience advising on ship mortgage enforcement work, and ship arrests, for both banks and other creditors, and this skill-set forms a vital component of the firm's ancillary strength in relation to restructuring and insolvency work in the maritime sector, an area that is overseen by commercial and insolvencies disputes head Brian O’Hare. PRC and UK-qualified legal director Edward Liu is well regarded across a range of shipping litigation and arbitration, and continues to grow the firm's presence among owners, charterers, and operators in mainland China. The team is rounded out by Antony Cowie, who regularly handles transactional shipping work (including sale and purchase agreements, charterparties) as part of his broader corporate,  commercial, and finance offering.

Other key lawyers:


‘Hill Dickinson is well known in the shipping industry.’

‘The client-friendly and responsive Edward Liu has excellent credentials among Chinese and international shipping companies for arbitration and commercial mandates. As a Chinese lawyer and English solicitor, Edward has in-depth insights into and knowledge of Chinese and English law and the shipping industry.’

Key clients

COSCO SHIPPING Energy Transportation Co., Ltd.

Elim Spring Marine (Hong Kong) Limited

HBIS Group Co., Ltd

China Minsheng Banking Corp., Ltd.

COSCO (HK) Shipping Co Ltd

Yongchuang International (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Hydor AS

Ratu Shipping Co SA

Simpson Marine Limited

Cargo Container Line Ltd

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

Hill Dickinson Hong Kong's litigation team 'are deep thinkers who apply themselves to resolving the disputes and achieving results for the client'. Key strengths for the group include contentious insolvency cases, commodities and international trade-related matters, and shipping disputes. Bryan O’Hare is a 'top rate litigator and strategist'; he shares leadership of the practice with Damien Laracy, who is 'dedicated, very responsive and transparent with his advice'.

Practice head(s):


The team has a well-rounded general commercial litigation practice with particular strength in insolvency and restructuring related disputes‘.

Damien Laracy is dedicated and willing to get to grips with matters, taking a very detailed approach to work out the best course of action. He manages expectations exceedingly well, and is not afraid to have the “difficult conversations” with clients in order to preserve their position and approach to a dispute. He is very responsive and transparent with his advice‘.

Bryan O’Hare is a respected and seasoned industry veteran. He provides consistently astute legal advice with pragmatic commerciality and responsiveness‘.

Bryan stands out in this practice area. He is one of a handful of exceptional litigators in Hong Kong. His sheer depth of experience, legal knowledge and commercial savviness is truly impressive. He is a ‘master of the detail’ but at the same time able to analyse and present complicated factual and legal issues in an uncomplicated ‘client friendly’ language. He is very personable but at the same time resolutely professional at all times. When things get a bit ‘scary’ you want Bryan on your side and not on the other side. He is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get in the trenches with his clients when it counts. Bryan is always my first port of call and is very much a trusted adviser‘.

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.

Our lawyers are admitted in several jurisdictions including Hong Kong, England, Australia, New Zealand and China. Our local Hong Kong lawyers are fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

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
Head of Hong Kong Damien Laracy
Photo Name Position Profile
 Yang Kang (YK) Chan  photo Yang Kang (YK) Chan YK is a partner who leads the firm’s equity capital markets (ECM) team…
 Antony Cowie  photo Antony Cowie Antony is a partner and leads the transactional practice in Hong Kong.…
 Kelly Kim  photo Kelly Kim Kelly is a counsel in the dispute resolution team based in the…
 Kurt Lau  photo Kurt Lau Kurt is a partner in our Hong Kong office and leads the corporate…
 Edward Liu  photo Edward Liu Edward is a legal director from Mainland China and has lived in…
Number of lawyers at this office : 18