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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 ship-owners, charterers and various property and liability insurers.  David also has extensive experience outside of international trade matters, including dealing with shareholder disputes and the recovery of monies lost due to internet/identity fraud.

David has handled arbitrations concerning a wide range of disputes with proceedings in Hong Kong, England & Wales, Australia, Singapore and the United States. David is familiar with UNCITRAL rules, LMAA terms, ICDR, ACICA and SIAC Rules.


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

Instructed directly by clients, including charterers, shipowners, and insurers, as well as receiving a significant amount of law firm referrals, independent Hong Kong-based law firm Howse Williams has an excellent pedigree across a wide array of wet and dry shipping litigation. ‘Very capable and well-connected‘ founding partner Chris Howse has lots of experience in the local market, with particular expertise handling problems arising from the shipment of coal, iron ore, nickel ore, and fluorspar. David Coogans co-heads the team, alongside Howse, and as well as representing clients in charterparty and bills of lading disputes, is also well-versed at handling admiralty matters, including 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).