Rosita has over 20 years of experience in transportation law (covering the sea, the land and the air), specialising in all aspects of dry shipping, aviation, insurance, international trade and personal injury law. She has won many awards and has been repeatedly voted by clients and commentaries as a leading lawyer.
She studied Law in England and holds a Master of Law Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science of the University of London with a Mark of Merits. She is admitted to practice in four jurisdictions, namely, England and Wales, Australia ACT, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Rosita handles all types of charterparties and cargo carriage disputes. She acts for shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs, ports and terminal operators, freight forwarders, cargo interest and logistics operators.
Rosita is a LMAA Support Member and frequently advises the Hong Kong Government on shipping matters. Reported shipping cases include the Fan Yun 203 (a Hong Kong High Court (Admiralty Court) case) which remains the authority on identification of Mainland China beneficial but not registered shipowners.
She is popular among major metals and cement traders and represents clients in trade arbitrations including ICC and CIETAC arbitration.
Rosita won the “Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector” Award presented by Seatrade Maritime Awards in June 2019. She is the first outstanding female who received this award.
Furthermore, she was recognised as the “Maritime Lawyer of the Year” at the Lloyd’s List Asia Awards 2016, and has been ranked as one of the Top Ten maritime lawyers in the Lloyd’s List global "One Hundred" (a review of the most influential people in shipping) twice, in 2010 and 2016.
Rosita represents leading P&I Clubs and many domestic and international insurance companies. She advises on insurance policies, drafting and insurance coverage disputes.
Rosita is one of the leading solicitors in Hong Kong for insurance regulatory work and has handled a large number of P&I Clubs', maritime insurers’ and brokers’ applications for authorisation and license to operate in Hong Kong.
Rosita has been for twelve consecutive years since 2004 till present ranked as a “World Leading Expert Lawyer in Insurance and Reinsurance" in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s international survey. She is recommended in both Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for shipping insurance work, including shipping related personal injuries cases.
Legal Directory Quotes
Rosita has been ranked by Asia Pacific Legal 500 since 2000 and voted by clients in Asia Law Practice survey for six consecutive years from 2004 as a leading lawyer in shipping.
Rosita has been for consecutive years recognised as a Leading (Band 1) lawyer for shipping litigation and insurance by Chambers Asia Pacific, and has been ranked by Legal 500 Asia Pacific for 19 consecutive years, since 2000 till now, as a Leading Individual in Shipping, which is a record. She was induced into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame since 2020.
Rosita has extensive experience in Hong Kong and London arbitrations and litigations, in particular for claims arising from non-performance of contracts, misrepresentation, heavy machinery and container terminal casualties. She advises and handles cases for most of the container terminal operators in Hong Kong.
She is recommended by Asia Pacific Legal 500 as having “considerable contentious expertise” in commercial, personal injury, commodity and trade disputes, in addition to shipping and insurance disputes.
Rosita has succeeded in defending many terminal owners and operators in criminal charges for unsafe operation and in civil claims for negligence. She works with overseas lawyers in international commercial disputes.
Rosita is the lead partner in Hong Kong for aviation matters. She is one of the very few panel lawyers of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, and has been acting and advising them on both contentious and non-contentious matters involving the airport, planes, property damage, contracts, torts, and personal injuries. She also acts for insurers in aviation cargo claims. She regularly advises them on matters that involve complex legal issues, multijurisdictional claims/proceedings and invariably regulatory, contract and civil matters. Rosita has many years of litigation, arbitration and mediation experience in the aviation sector.
My testimonials and accolades
“Awarded by the Hong Kong Government the Medal of Honour because of her contribution to the development of the maritime industry and enhancing Hong Kong’s status as an international maritime centre. She is the first and till now the only maritime lawyer awarded with this prestigious recognition. ”
“Ranked as one of “The World’s Top Ten Shipping Lawyers” and one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Maritime Personnel in the World” twice, in 2010 and 2016. To date, she was the first and the only Chinese lawyer who obtained these awards twice.”
“Recognised by Asia Law & Practice since 2004 for 18 consecutive years till present as a Leading Lawyer in Aviation and Maritime.”
“Singled out by Who’s Who Legal – Transport for consecutive years since 2014 to present as a Leading Maritime Lawyer.”
“Ranked by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific for consecutive years as a “Disputes Star” for Commercial Disputes and Insurance Disputes. ”
“Repeatedly ranked as a “Litigation Star” in Shipping.”
“Inducted into the Hall of Fame Accolade in 2020 to 2022, being one of the five (only) shipping lawyers so ranked.”
“She has been for consecutive years recognised as a Band 1 lawyer for shipping litigation and insurance”
“Won the “Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector” Award. She was the first outstanding female who received this award.”
“She has been ranked by Legal 500 Asia Pacific for 20 consecutive years, since 2000 till 2019, as a Leading Individual in Shipping, which is a record. ”
“Recognised as the top 100 elite lawyers in “The A-List”.”
“Won the Lloyd’s List Asia “Individual Maritime Lawyer of the Year” Award. She is also the first and hitherto the only Hong Kong and Chinese lawyer to win this award”
“Won the “Best in Shipping” Award”
My recent publications
News / Rosita Lau, MH calls for China businesses to opt for Hong Kong arbitration in their contracts
15-07-2022 / Maritime
In an interview published this morning (14 July) in The Hong Kong Maritime Hub, Ince Partner Rosita Lau, MH calls for Chinese businesses to opt for Hong Kong arbitration in their contracts, initiative that requires attention of officials from the highest level.
News / Partners Rosita Lau and Max Cross recognised as "Litigation Stars" in Benchmark Litigation guide
26-05-2022 / Maritime
We are proud to announce Ince is recognised as a top-tier shipping firm again in the latest edition of the Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2022 guide. Additionally, partners Rosita Lau and Max Cross are named as “Litigation Stars” in Shipping.
News / Rosita Lau's appointment of Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (New Term 2022-24) and Ince’s presence in the Board in the New Term
25-03-2022 / Maritime
On 25 March 2022, the Hong Kong Government announced the appointed individual members and institutional members of the next term (April 2022 to March 2024) of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (HKMPB), and Partner Rosita Lau is re-appointed for the fourth time as a member of the Board in her personal capacity, and is also appointed as the new Chairperson of the Promotion and External Relation Committee of HKMPB.
News / Ince recognised as a Top Ranked Leading Firm in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022
18-01-2022 / Maritime
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 results have been published; our shipping practice in China and Hong Kong retained their Tier 1 ranking, and partners Paul Ho and David Beaves ranked as "Hall of Fame" for a second consecutive year since its inception in 2020. Rosita Lau was also ranked in the “Hall of Fame” for a third consecutive year. Ince has the largest number of “Hall of Fame” shipping lawyers from a single firm on the list.
News / Ince achieve top rankings in the new Chambers and Partners Greater China Region 2022 Guide
18-01-2022 / Insurance, Maritime
The firm maintained its high rankings in Shipping and Insurance across China and Hong Kong jurisdictions.
News / Rosita Lau is awarded Medal of Honour by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong
23-08-2021 / Maritime
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 / Ince Hong Kong Partner Rosita Lau receives another Asia’s prestigious maritime award
02-07-2019 / Maritime
2 July 2019, Hong Kong – Rosita Lau, senior partner of Ince Hong Kong office was presented the “Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector” Award at the Seatrade Maritime Asia Awards Ceremony which was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Hong Kong on 28 June. The award is brand new to this year’s "Personality & Community Award" categories and Rosita became the first outstanding female who received the accolade. This is yet another prestigious individual award that Rosita obtained over the years.
News / Ince Hong Kong Partner Rosita Lau receives another Asia's prestigious maritime award
02-07-2019 / Maritime
2 July 2019, Hong Kong Rosita Lau, senior partner of Ince Hong Kong office was presented the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector Award at the Seatrade Maritime Asia Awards Ceremony which was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Hong Kong on 28 June The award is brand new to this year's Personality Community Award categories and Rosita became the first outstanding female who received the accolade This is yet another prestigious individual award that Rosita obtained over the years
News / Ince Co to speak at The Maritime Law Conference International Maritime Policy Forum Under The Belt and Road
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News / Ince Co wins acquittal for China Resources Logistics in criminal proceedings following container terminal incident
06-07-2017 / Maritime, Insurance, Commodities & Trade
Rosita Lau, Ince Co partner based in Hong Kong, and her team have recently achieved significant victory in successfully defending criminal charges against China Resources Logistics Co, Ltd, a major integrated logistics service provider in Hong Kong and a member of the conglomerate China Resources Group The prosecution arose out of a widely-reported incident in 2015 in which a front loader engaged to carry out container stacking operation collapsed at China Resources' containers terminal in Hong Kong, resulting in the total loss of the front loader and substantial loss and damage to cargoes contained in a number of containers at the terminal which all fell into the sea, as well as personal injuries to the operator