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Howse Williams
Hong Kong

Insurance Tier 2

Professional indemnity defence work is a core strength of Howse Williams’ practice. In this space, the team assists indemnity providers and insurers for a broad client base in Hong Kong, and has particular expertise in the healthcare sector, for example advising a range of medical professionals and entities on drug liability claims and the import and distribution of pharmaceutical products. The group is also well known for assisting brokers, underwriters and intermediaries with a broad range of insurance and reinsurance matters. Chris Howse is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Chris Howse; David Coogans; Michael Withington; David Kan

Labour and employment Tier 2

Headed by Patricia YeungHowse Williams 何韋律師行's six-strong employment team has a very strong reputation among local and international entities in the financial services, asset management and healthcare sectors across a range of employment mandates relating to immigration, remuneration and terminations. Although Yeung herself has a very broad-ranging employment law offering, the team remains best-known for its 'very effective and commercial' representation of employees seeking recourse against former employers, for inter-alia, unpaid bonuses and discrimination/harassment.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Yeung

Other key lawyers:

Michael Withington; Betty Lee

Key clients

Fitch (Hong Kong) Limited

Mr. Chad Holm

Mr. Tang Yi

BGC Securities Hong Kong

Sunrise Brokers (Hong Kong)

Cantor Fitzgerald Capital Markets (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong Council For Accreditation Of Academic And Vocational Qualifications

China Everbright Securities (HK) Limited / Everbright Sun Hung Kai Company Limited

Neo Derm (HK) Ltd

L’Oreal Travel Retail Asia Pacific

Ernst & Young

HK Bellawings.Jet Limited

Hong Kong Airlines Limited

Mattel, Inc.

Shipping Tier 3

The 'knowledgeable and efficient' team at independent local law firm Howse Williams 何韋律師行 regularly advises owners, insurers, charterers and freight forwarders on both wet and dry matters throughout Asia. Founding partner Chris Howse has a strong reputation in the local market, with particular expertise handling problems arising from the shipment of coal, iron ore, nickel ore and fluorspar. Legally qualified former mariner David Coogans handles a range of wet and dry work, and is well-placed to represent clients engaged in collision, salvage and pollution cases. The team also has niche expertise handling personal injury work for shipowners and terminals, where it benefits from the ability to tap into the expertise of a medico-legal department (that includes two partners also qualified as doctors).

Practice head(s):

Chris Howse, David Coogans; William Leung; Eviana Leung; and Emma Day

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

At Howse Williams, the team counts commercial, corporate, regulatory, healthcare and clinical negligence litigation among its areas of expertise; the client base includes medical professionals, private hospitals and private and internationally-listed companies, to name a few. Name partner Chris Howse is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Chris Howse

Capital markets (equity) Tier 5

Howse Williams is particularly active in assisting small to mid-cap companies with primary listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, as well as their secondary offerings. Other areas of focus include corporate governance and compliance. Sponsor-side work is another cornerstone of the practice, which is jointly led by Christopher Williams and Brian HoChia Ching Tan is experienced in assisting Southeast Asian companies with Hong Kong listings. Christopher YuDenise Che and Heidi Lee are also notable individuals.

Practice head(s):

Brian Ho; Chris Williams

Key clients

Fortune Financial Capital Limited

Shanghai Realway Capital Assets Management Co., Ltd

Alliance Capital Partners Limited

Ample Capital Limited

Haitong International Securities Company Limited

UOB Kay Hian (Hong Kong) Limited

Truly International Limited

China Tonghai Capital Limited

Alco Holdings Limited

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 5

Howse Williams' corporate and commercial team is led by name partner Chris Williams, who has extensive experience of acting on cross-border M&A in Southeast Asia. Elsewhere, other members of the group assist Hong Kong- listed companies with corporate transactions, as well as regulatory and compliance-related issues; Brian HoChristopher Yu  Chia Ching Tan and Heidi Lee are names to note in this space. Gilles Cardonnel specialises in deals connected with the luxury/retail industry. Denise Che is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Chris Williams

Key clients


Maus Freres

Cinemaxx, the Lippo Group

Hongkong Chinese Limited (HK Stock Code: 655)

Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited

Dafeng Port Heshun Technology Company Limited

The firm: Howse Williams is an independent Hong Kong law firm with 26 partners and a total headcount of approximately 200. As an independent Hong Kong firm, the partners are able to minimise legal and commercial conflicts of interest and act for clients in every industry sector. The partners have spent the majority of their careers in Hong Kong and have a detailed understanding of international business and business in Asia.

Areas of practice: Dispute resolution: HW handles complex multi-jurisdictional commercial cases involving sale of goods; trade finance; media law; fraud; shareholder, joint venture, intellectual property, employment, property, trust and franchise disputes; injunction proceedings; jurisdictional challenges; public inquiries; and judicial reviews.

Corporate and corporate finance: HW’s team advises clients on a diverse spectrum of practice areas in all Asian jurisdictions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, direct investment, capital markets and securities, private equity and venture capital, shareholder/joint venture agreements, corporate restructuring/reorganisation, corporate governance and general commercial matters including operational contracts and intellectual property commercialisation.

Clinical negligence and healthcare: HW advises doctors, dentists and their indemnity providers and other healthcare professionals. It also advises private hospitals, medical group practices, corporate healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies on issues relating to the import and distribution of drugs and pharmaceutical products, drug liability claims and regulatory matters. Three members of the team (including two partners) are dual-qualified as lawyers and medical practitioners.

Shipping: HW has considerable experience in all types of wet and dry shipping litigation. The team (which includes solicitors with seagoing experience) deals with collision, salvage, wreck removal and pollution cases as well as charterparty, bill of lading and other contract of affreightment disputes. The firm advises ship-owners, P&I clubs, hull and machinery insurers, salvors, charterers and freight forwarders.

Insurance/professional indemnity: HW advises on general insurance, professional indemnity, D&O and specialised insurance lines acting for underwriters, brokers, mutual and fixed premium insurers of ships, a wide range of insurers for freight forwarders, warehouse operators, transport intermediaries, cargo owners and trade insurers. The firm also represents insurers who provide professional indemnity insurance for various professional bodies in Hong Kong.

Employment: HW provides contentious and non-contentious employment and immigration advice to both employers and employees in Hong Kong.

Family and matrimonial: HW’s cases often involve families with assets in multiple jurisidictions. The firm handles all manner of children’s issues including custody, care and control and other parenting disputes, such as access, child maintenance, paternity and schooling applications both in respect of married and unmarried couples and cohabitants.  The firm has experience in handling private adoptions; cases involving child abduction and family finances including property transfers, prenuptial agreements and separation deeds.

Fraud: HW regularly acts for victims of all types of fraud to recover misappropriated assets.  The firm is the Hong Kong representative of the International Fraud Group (IFG), an elite group of lawyers across 17 countries focussed on unravelling fraud and tracing and returning assets.

Property and building management: HW’s clients include some of the largest international real estate agencies, listed property developers, international and local building management companies, quasi government bodies, property investment funds, incorporated owners of of commercial/residential buildings, and commercial and individual landlords and tenants in Hong Kong.

Regulatory and compliance: HW’s regulatory team advises financial institutions and corporates on a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious regulatory and compliance issues.

Banking and finance: HW’s banking team has experience in a broad range of banking and finance matters, including bilateral and syndicated lending, international trade finance, project finance, acquisition finance, ship finance, general cash management and liquidity products, asset and debt recovery, security enforcement actions, banking regulation and compliance, sanctions, AML, KYC and various regulatory project and remediation work.  The team also specialise in a diverse range of trade finance matters.

Trusts, assets and wealth management: We advise ultra high net worth individuals and their families; entrepreneurs and family businesses both in Hong Kong and the PRC.  We are trusted legal advisers providing advice and support to our clients on the management of their wealth and assets, and on a wide range of inheritance and succession matters.  We have experience in establishing trusts, in particular family trusts, educational trusts and charitable trusts.  Our team includes solicitors who are full members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Wills, probate and estate management: We handle wills, probate, estate management and general civil litigation matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner and Managing Partner; Dispute resolution Chris Howse 28033600
Clinical negligence and healthcare; Insurance David Kan 28033658
Shipping; Dispute resolution; insurance; fraud David Coogans 28033672
Dispute resolution Alison Scott 28033604
Dispute resolution Michael Withington 28033612
Dispute resolution; Fraud; Trusts, assets & wealth management Kevin So 28033602
Clinical negligence and healthcare Bernard Murphy 28033606
Clinical negligence and healthcare Oonagh Toner 28033697
Clinical negligence and healthcare Maureen Liu 28033667
Shipping; Insurance/professional indemnity William Leung 28033782
Family and matrimonial Linda Heathfield 28033624
Family and matrimonial Stacey Devoy 28033724
Family and matrimonial Karen Lam 28033639
Regulatory and compliance Jill Wong 28033670
Corporate and commercial Christopher Williams 28033622
Corporate and commercial; M&A Gilles Cardonnel 28033772
Corporate and commercial; Capital markets Brian Ho 28033623
Corporate and commercial; capital markets Heidi Lee 28033718
Corporate and commercial; capital markets Christopher Yu 28033638
Capital markets Chia Ching Tan 28033615
Capital markets Stephen Leung 28033625
Capital markets Denise Che 28033666
Shipping; Insurance/professional indemnity Eviana Leung 28033687
Employment Patricia Yeung 28033748
Property and building management Janet Lee 28033761
Banking and finance Antony Yung 28033774
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Ms Alison Scott  photo Ms Alison Scott
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Ms Oonagh Toner  photo Ms Oonagh Toner
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Mr Michael Withington  photo Mr Michael Withington
Ms Jill Wong  photo Ms Jill Wong
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Mr Christopher Yu  photo Mr Christopher Yu
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