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Howse Williams
Hong Kong

Work Department

Shipping Litigation


David is a commercial disputes lawyer specialising in international trade disputes. David has over 25 years of experience in commercial dispute resolution. He advises a wide variety of shipping interests including marine and non-marine insurers. David also has extensive experience outside of international trade matters, including dealing with, insolvency matters, shareholder disputes and the recovery and tracing of monies lost due to internet/identity fraud.

David has handled both Court proceedings and Arbitrations concerning a wide range of disputes in Hong Kong, England & Wales, Australia, Singapore and the United States. David is familiar with UNCITRAL rules, LMAA terms, ICDR, ACICA and SIAC Rules. David has also acted as mediator in several high value disputes.



Before qualifying as a lawyer, David served as a deck officer in the British Merchant Navy with the Cunard Steamship Company. He has dealt with several high profile casualty matters.




LEADR and nationally accredited mediation practitioner
Member, Law Society of Hong Kong
Member of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association Executive Committee
Board member of the Maritime Services Training Board


1985 College of Law, Chancery Lane, London, Solicitors Final Examinations
1984 Anglia University, England, BA (Hons)
1980 Riversdale College, Liverpool, England, British 2 nd Deck Officer’s Certificate of Competency

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Shipping

(Leading individuals)

David CoogansHowse Williams

Independent Hong Kong-based firm Howse Williams handles a significant range and volume of wet and dry shipping litigation for clients such as ship owners, freight forwarders and P&I clubs. In addition to generating mandates on a standalone basis, the firm also regularly picks up referral work. Founding partner Chris Howse is experienced in representing shipping clients in litigation before the Hong Kong courts, as well as in international arbitration proceedings throughout Asia. Howse has a wide-ranging workload, with particularly niche expertise in handling problems arising from the shipment of coal, iron ore, nickel ore and fluorspar. Howse co-heads the practice with David Coogans, who brings his litigation and subject matter knowledge to bear in an array of wet and dry mandates, including collision, salvage and pollution cases. The firm also has a dedicated medico-legal department and is well-placed to advise on shipping-related personal injury matters, which includes handling coroners’ enquiries arising from fatalities on ships and at port terminals.