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Steven Wise

A commercial dispute resolution lawyer specialising in shipping and international trade, Steven Wise is an experienced litigator.

Steven assists clients with charterparties, bills of lading, commodity contracts and letters of credit. He has a particular interest in complex charterparty and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Steven regularly handles cases in arbitration and court proceedings in London, Hong Kong and other regional centres. He has represented clients in mediations, and also has experience of winding-up and rehabilitation proceedings.

As well as being qualified as a Solicitor in both Hong Kong and England & Wales, Steven was recently appointed as a Notary Public in Hong Kong.

Directory quotes

"Sources note that Steven Wise is 'a very able lawyer who does not lose sight of what is important for the client.' He has considerable expertise regarding charter party disputes, as well as bills of lading and port-related disputes." - Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

Recommended - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

Recommended - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016

"Steven Wise is applauded by clients for being 'very experienced in shipping matters and provides advice that is both commercial and practical'." Chambers Asia Pacific 2016

Recommended - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015

"Clients describe Steven Wise as a "cerebral and smart lawyer." He is respected by peers and brings considerable dispute resolution expertise to the team" - Chambers Asia Pacific 2015




Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 

Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association

Panel Arbitrator, South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission / Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration

Relevant work

Acting for a major PRC conglomerate in a joint venture dispute relating to a shipping company

Acting for a tanker pool operator in relation to disputes over the ownership of a €60m cargo of crude oil

Advising and acting for the insurers of a major port operator on a series of vessel allision claims in several different jurisdictions

Acting for a shipowner in relation to claims of over US$40m against charterers following the termination of a long-term bareboat charter and disappearance of the vessel with a full cargo on board

Acting for ING Bank on a number of ship arrests in Hong Kong in relation to OW Bunker claims

Advising the liquidators of a Hong Kong shipping company on restructuring of charterparties and unwinding joint venture arrangements