Mr Chris Howse > Howse Williams > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Howse Williams
Hong Kong

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Chris is the senior partner and managing partner of Howse Williams. His main practice areas are dispute resolution; shipping, insurance and professional indemnity insurance; clinical negligence and healthcare.

Chris has more than 35 years of legal experience. He established Richards Butler’s Hong Kong office in 1981. Chris worked as the firm’s senior partner until he left to establish Howse Williams in January 2012.


2012 Howse Williams
2011 Reed Smith Richards Butler
2008 Richards Butler in Association with Reed Smith LLP
1983 Richards Butler, Hong Kong
1975 Richards Butler, London.




Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Hong Kong) Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators Ltd Supporting Member, London Maritime Arbitrators Association Member, Hong Kong Arbitrations Law Review Committee (1996-2000) Panel Member, Arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel Member, Arbitrators of the China Maritime Arbitration Commission Panel Member, Arbitrators of the Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group Panel Member, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board Chairman, Hong Kong Law Society Professional Indemnity Claims Committee (2004-2007) Member, Hong Kong Law Society Professional Indemnity Advisory Committee (1999-2006) Member, Hong Kong Law Society Working Party on Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme (1996-2004) Deputy Chairman, Hong Kong Law Society Professional Indemnity Claims Committee (1999-2004) Chairman, Hong Kong Professional Indemnity Review Committee (2002) Member, Hong Kong Law Society Professional Indemnity Insurance Claims Committee (1997-1999).


1975 College of Law
1973 University of Bristol, BA (Hons)
1970 University of Geneva.

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Shipping

(Hall of Fame)

Chris HowseHowse 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).

Hong Kong > Insurance

Howse Williams is well known for handling professional indemnity defence work, and is also noted for its strength in healthcare matters, for example advising pharmaceutical companies on drug liability claims. Marine insurance is another area of expertise for the team. Chris Howse is the main name.

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Hall of Fame)

Chris HowseHowse Williams