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Chris Howse

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Howse Williams Bowers

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Dispute Resolution


Chris is the senior partner and managing partner of HWB. 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 HWB in January 2012. 2012 Howse Williams Bowers 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.

Hong Kong


Within: Insurance

Howse Williams Bowers primarily acts for underwriters, brokers and intermediaries regarding policy issues, in coverage disputes as well as personal injury and employee compensation claims. It also has a substantial professional indemnity defence practice acting for indemnity insurers and providers for a wide range of professions in Hong Kong, including advising the majority of private hospitals in Hong Kong on clinical risk management, use and storage of dangerous drugs, claims, inquests, liaison with the department of health, disciplinary proceedings and crisis management. Kevin Bowers and Chris Howse are key contacts.

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Within: Leading individuals

Chris Howse - Howse Williams Bowers

Within: Shipping

Independent local law firm Howse Williams Bowers provides 'a very strong shipping litigation service' to owners, insurers, charterers and freight forwarders across both wet and dry matters occurring throughout Asia. The 'excellent' Chris Howse is regularly engaged in high-profile maritime disputes before the Hong Kong courts, and in international arbitration. Howse also has a particular specialism in handling problems arising from the shipment of coal, iron ore, nickel ore and fluorspar. Himself a former seafarer, David Coogans has a unique insight into the shipping industry and is active across both wet and dry matters. Coogans is also involved in non-contentious matters and is regularly engaged by clients to negotiate and draft a wide variety of commercial contracts, including those concerning container leasing, trans-shipment and off-take agreements contracts for iron ore export projects in Australia. Emma Day and William Leung are also recommended.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Howse - Howse Williams Bowers

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

Name partners Chris Howse and Kevin Bowers, who are ‘always expedient, with a strong understanding of dispute resolution’, are the key contacts at Howse Williams Bowers. On the corporate and regulatory side, clients include internationally-listed and private companies as well as multi-national conglomerates and family-owned businesses. The firm also has a large clinical negligence practice, acting for private hospitals as well as medical professionals, group practices, and their respective insurers.

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