Ruaridh’s principal focus is advising shipping and trade clients on a broad range of dispute resolution matters. He also advises on non-contentious issues in the maritime and trade sectors and has substantial experience of contentious insolvency matters. He is qualified in both England & Wales and Hong Kong.
Ruaridh advises and represents parties in all types of cases relating to shipping, international trade and commodities. His experience extends to both Court proceedings and arbitrations seated in Hong Kong, London, Singapore and elsewhere.
Ruaridh offers a breadth of expertise in dry shipping matters, including bills of lading, charterparties (time, voyage and bareboat), contracts of affreightment, and ship sale & purchase contracts. In wet shipping, his experience includes advising on collisions, groundings and fixed object damage.
On the trade side, Ruaridh has experience of the full range of trade and commodities disputes, with particular experience in the trade of oil and oil products.
Ruaridh has advised on numerous contentious insolvency matters, acting both for creditors and for liquidators.
He also negotiates and drafts contracts (including charterparties, sale contracts and insurance policies), whether bespoke or in the form of standard terms and has particular experience in relation to futures and options agreements.
Ruaridh trained in the firm’s London and Shanghai office before moving to Hong Kong in 2014.
Professional Associations and Memberships
> Law Society of England and Wales
My matter highlights
> Advising several insurers on issues arising out of the 2015 Tianjin explosion
> Acting for Owners in relation to a large unsafe port claim, involving proceedings in multiple jurisdictions
> Acting for creditors of STX Pan Ocean and its related companies in relation to large claims in the rehabilitation / insolvency proceedings
> Representing the buyers of a cargo of iron pipes which suffered catastrophic damage en-route from China to Australia
> Representing several parties in relation to issues arising from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014
> Acting for lenders seeking to enforce their security over a number of vessels following borrower’s default
My testimonials and accolades
“'Adaptability' and ability to provide 'practical, pragmatic and commercially astute advice'.”
My recent publications
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
News / Winding up petitions and arbitration agreements: a comparison of the Singapore and HK approaches
15-06-2020 / Maritime
Recent decisions of the Hong Kong and Singapore courts show different approaches to the issue of when a winding-up petition will be allowed to proceed in circumstances where there is an arbitration agreement.
News / Dayang (HK) Marine Shipping Co, Ltd v. Asia Master Logistics Ltd 
15-06-2020 / Maritime
In Dayang (HK) Marine Shipping Co, Ltd v. Asia Master Logistics Ltd  HKCFI 311, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance declined to dismiss a winding-up petition where a debtor was unable to show the existence of a bona fide dispute on substantial grounds, notwithstanding the presence of an arbitration clause in the underlying contract.
Insights / Interim relief and court interference in arbitral disputes—the approach of the English and Hong Kong courts (Daelim v Bonita)
11-06-2020 / Maritime
Arbitration analysis: Catherine Earnshaw, partner, Ruaridh Guy, managing associate, and Jenny Efstathiou, senior associate, at Ince, London and Hong Kong, compare and contrast, and consider the practical implications of, two related judgments of the English and Hong Kong courts reviewing previous decisions to grant injunctions in respect of claims arising out of a charterparty and related settlement agreement.
News / Hong Kong Court affirms rule that arbitration clauses must be expressly incorporated into bills of lading
07-04-2020 / Maritime
OCBC Wing Hang Bank Ltd v. Kai Sen Shipping Co Ltd (Yue You 903)  HKCFI 375 This recent Hong Kong case confirms the rule that express wording must be used in order to incorporate an arbitration clause from a charterparty into a bill of lading. General words of incorporation will not be sufficient.
News / Attacks on Oil Facilities in Saudi Arabia – Potential Legal Issues
16-09-2019 / Energy & Infrastructure
On 14 September 2019 a large-scale drone attack targeted some of Saudi Arabia's principal oil production and processing facilities. In particular, the attack targeted the Khurais oil field and the Abqaiq processing facility, which is the world’s largest.
News / ICC Incoterms 2020
13-09-2019 / Commodities & Trade
The International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) has announced the publication of Incoterms 2020. This is the first update to Incoterms since they were last revised in 2010. The new rules become effective from 1 January 2020.
News / Legal update: Hong Kong Law: Exclusive jurisdiction clauses in bills of lading
13-08-2019 / Maritime
Li Lian International Ltd v Herport Hong Kong Ltd  HKCFI 826 /  HKEC 964Court upholds jurisdiction clause in Bill of Lading – with serious consequences for NVOCC.
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 / Hong Kong Court upholds jurisdiction clause in bill of lading with serious consequences for NVOCC
07-06-2019 / Maritime
Li Lian International Ltd v Herport Hong Kong Ltd (MOL Comfort) 2019 HKCFI 826 2019 HKEC 964nbspThis decision of the Hong Kong Court illustrates one of the potential risks associated with acting as a Non Vessel Owning Common Carrier
News / Hong Kong Court upholds jurisdiction clause in bill of lading – with serious consequences for NVOCC
07-06-2019 / Maritime
Li Lian International Ltd v. Herport Hong Kong Ltd (MOL Comfort)  HKCFI 826  HKEC 964 This decision of the Hong Kong Court illustrates one of the potential risks associated with acting as a Non Vessel Owning Common Carrier.
News / When is an owner obliged to commence the approach voyage to the loadport?
29-11-2018 / Maritime
CSSA Chartering and Shipping Services SA v. Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd (Pacific Voyager)  EWCA Civ 2413 The Court of Appeal has recently given its decision in this case, which will be of interest to all those involved in the chartering of vessels on a voyage basis. The Court of Appeal upheld the Commercial Court decision and found that the Owners’ failure to commence the approach voyage to the loadport by a particular date was a breach of the charterparty, notwithstanding that the charterparty did not give an ETA or Expected Ready to Load date.