Richard is a Partner with Ince and has a wealth of experience in advising and handling a full range of admiralty matters including casualty investigation, collisions, pollution, grounding and total loss cases.
Richard joined Ince in 2008 and soon relocated to the firm’s Shanghai office where he led the China casualty investigation team, coming back to London in 2012 obtaining further in-depth experience of the full range of disputes arising out of marine casualties. Richard has returned to the Asia Pacific region joining the firm’s Hong Kong office to build upon his successful practice.
Prior to embarking on his legal career, Richard spent five years at a leading international P&I Club where he handled the full range of P&I and FD&D matters, and prior to that he served for nine years in the Merchant Navy where he worked on a wide variety of vessel types including container ships, coastal bulk ships, RoRos, ferries, passenger ships and high speed catamarans and obtained his master mariner’s qualification.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The Law Society of England and Wales
- The Law Society of Hong Kong
- The Nautical Institute
My recent publications
News / Ince Promotes Two Maritime Solicitors to Partner In Dubai and Hong Kong
01-10-2021 / Maritime
We are pleased to announce two new Partner promotions at Ince, Natalie Jensen in Dubai and Richard Oakley in Hong Kong.
Insights / Can a claimant always pick the jurisdiction with the highest limitation of liability?
27-05-2021 / Maritime
Pusan Newport Co Ltd v. The Owners and/or Demise Charterers of the ships or vessels “Milano Bridge” and “CMA CGM Musca” and “CMA CGM Hydra”  HKCFI 1283
Podcasts / 'Collisions: why are they still happening?' webinar series
01-07-2020 / Maritime
Webinar series, 'Collisions: why are they still happening?', hosted by the Ince Admiralty team. The series of four webinars explore the COLREGS and why collisions are still happening, and considers calls for changes to the COLREGS to accommodate autonomous ships. These webinars use a combination of case studies, Q&A and technical insight.
News / Ince Asia Team successfully held the third mock arbitration in China on 11 July in Guangzhou, with a full-house.
The mock arbitration simulated an actual hearing of a Hong Kong international arbitration involving an international trade dispute that has shipping, trade, insurance and contract aspects, in line with one of the important roles that Hong Kong is playing under China’s Greater Bay Area initiative, that is, the role of being the legal services centre and dispute resolution centre of the world.
News / 3 ships, 2 collisions and 1 judgment
09-06-2017 / Maritime
On 2 June the Hong Kong Admiralty Court handed down judgment in a case involving two collisions which happened within three minutes of each other