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Chris Howse
Chris Howse
Partner
Telephone
+852 2803 3600
Mobile
+852 6051 4608
Fax
+852 2803 3608

Chris specialises in maritime and commercial dispute resolution, handling a wide range of disputes in the Hong Kong courts and international arbitrations throughout Asia. He has considerable experience in all types of dry shipping litigation on behalf of owners, charterers and their P&I Clubs. He also has particular expertise handling problems arising from the shipment of coal, iron ore, nickel ore and fluorspar.

Chris has more than 35 years of legal experience.  He built the Hong Kong office of Richards Butler and he was Senior Partner and Managing Partner of that office from 1983 to 2011.  He has considerable experience in arbitration and he is qualified as an arbitrator in Hong Kong, China (CMAC), Korea, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian jurisdictions. He has represented parties in arbitrations in China (both CIETAC and CMAC), Hong Kong, London, Singapore and Malaysia. In addition, Chris is an accredited mediator.

Chris also provides professional indemnity advice and assistance to a full spectrum of professionals in Hong Kong, including solicitors, accountants, brokers, architects, doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals.

Chris leads the medico-legal team with fellow partner David Kan. They advise doctors, dentists and their indemnity provider – the Medical Protection Society and Dental Protection Ltd – as well as private hospitals and other healthcare professionals. Chris also advises private hospitals, corporate healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies on issues relating to the import and distribution of drugs and pharmaceutical products, drug liability claims and other regulatory matters.

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Experience
2011
Reed Smith Richards Butler
2008
Richards Butler in Association with Reed Smith LLP
1983
Richards Butler Hong Kong
1975
Richards Butler London
Education
1975
College of Law
1973
University of Bristol, BA (Hons)
1970
University of Geneva
Professional Admissions / Qualifications
1978 England and Wales
1981 Hong Kong
1988 Australia
Professional Affiliations
Arbitration:
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Hong Kong)
Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators Ltd
Supporting Member, London Maritime Arbitrators Association
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
Member, Hong Kong Arbitrations Law Review Committee (1996-2000)
Professional Indemnity Insurance:
Chairman, Hong Kong Law Society Professional Indemnity Claims Committee (2004-2007)
Deputy Chairman, Hong Kong Law Society Professional Indemnity Claims Committee (1999-2004)
Member, Hong Kong Law Society Professional Indemnity Insurance Claims Committee (1989-1999)
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)
Chairman, Hong Kong Professional Indemnity Review Committee (2002)
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