Commercial & Dispute Resolution (Shipping) - Review

    May 2009

    Maritime Arbitration in Hong Kong

    On 13 July 2006, the Hong Kong Shipping Register crossed the 31 million GT mark. And a review compiled by UNCTAD last year placed Hong Kong as the seventh largest maritime centre in the world and the fourth largest for the owning, operation and management of ships. Hong Kong now has over 80 international shipping lines with 450 sailings reaching more than 500 destinations worldwide. There are about 900 shipping related companies operating here with some of the world's largest and oldest ship management companies.

    Geographically convenient, superbly well served and located on the Far East trade routes, Hong Kong lies at the centre of Asia Pacific, the fastest growing region in the world. It is a world centre of expertise in shipping with an enormous pool of professionals available to support dispute resolution. With its skill at blending the best of east and west, it is uniquely placed to be the focus in Asia for commercial dispute resolution services. Little wonder that Hong Kong has attracted more P&I clubs to set up offices on its shores than any other city in the world, London included.

    In May 2008, international law firm Hammonds became a limited liability partnership. Hammonds LLP and its affiliated undertakings has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester in the UK, and in Berlin, Brussels, Beijing, Hong Kong, Madrid, Munich and Paris.