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David Coogans

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Howse Williams Bowers

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Shipping Litigation


David is a Partner in HWB's maritime dispute resolution and international trade practice. David has over 25 years of experience in all types of wet and dry shipping matters. He has experience in collision, salvage and pollution cases as well as charterparty and bills of lading disputes. He advises ship-owner salvors, charterers, freight forwarders and P&I clubs. Before qualifying as a lawyer, David served as a deck officer with the Cunard Steamship Company. Whilst as sea David served on various types of vessels including container ships, oil tankers and refrigeration cargo ships. He is familiar with all aspects of Admiralty procedure. David's non-contentious experience includes negotiating 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. He has also negotiated and drafted many forms of charterparties, letters of guarantee and other commercial contracts. David has handled legal matters in many jurisdictions including Hong Kong, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.


2012 Howse Williams Bowers; 2011 Holman Fenwick Willan, Head of Sydney office; 2005 General Counsel P&O Cruises Sydney Australia; 1989 Richards Butler, Hong Kong; 1976 Cunard Steamship Company


David was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 1987; in Hong Kong in 1989 and in Australia (NSW & Victoria and the ACT) in 1991.

Hong Kong


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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