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  • Kelvin Lee

    Kelvin Lee
    Partner, Hong Kong

    Insurance, Maritime, Commodities & trade

    T. +852 2877 3221

Kelvin's practice is wide-ranging, with specific focus on insurance/reinsurance work. Having worked in the firm’s Singapore and Shanghai offices, Kelvin developed an extensive network across Asia to assist clients on cross-border legal issues.

"client-oriented and gives an excellent service";
"he can find the key facts hidden in the cases and help us to negotiate with our counterparties."
“covers marine and non-marine insurance and is especially active in Greater China”legal 500 ASIA PACIFIC 2018 -- INSURANCE

Insurance & Reinsurance

Kelvin oversees the development of Ince’s insurance/reinsurance operation in North Asia.

Kelvin’s work encompasses marine and non-marine insurance, contentious and regulatory, direct business and reinsurance. He specialises in coverage disputes particularly over product liability insurance, marine cargo and marine hull policies, yacht insurance, equipment installation all risks cover, bankers' blanket bonds and property/BI risks. He has substantial experience in cases involving machinery breakdown such as gas turbine excessive blades corrosion, fire and water damage, underwater cable damage, bearing overheating, solar panel and PCB defects, and steam pipe explosions caused by water hammer effect.

Recent cases include denial of claims under a product liability scheme/advertising injury cover on the back of a number of US class actions. He also assisted insurers in rejecting a HK$150 million property damage claim caused by a super typhoon and subsequent flooding.

On the reinsurance side, Kelvin successfully helped reinsurers reject a reinsurance claim for total loss of a marine dredger.  He also advised retrocessionaire over claims under facultative/obligatory treaty for loss in a major natural catastrophe.  

On defence work, Kelvin handles a wide variety of cases ranging from product liability defence, professional negligence through to general liability claims.  He has developed a leading insurance broker E&O practice, and counts among his clients major international brokerage.  He has also advised banking and CPA sectors in embezzlement and negligence claims.  Kelvin was recently appointed to the E&O panel of an international construction consultancy.

On the non-contentious side, Kelvin regularly advises insurers and brokers on authorisation, withdrawal, M&A, corporate governance issues, product development, global programmes, reinsurance/retrocession scheme and agency management.

Kelvin was an appeals board member of the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers from 2010 to 2019.

Career Highlights

  • First reported double insurance case in Hong Kong: Tai Ping Insurance v. Tugu Insurance & General Accident [2001] HKC 401
  • First reported insurance broker professional negligence case in Hong Kong: Kam Hing Trading v. People's Insurance Co. of China & others [2010] 4 HKLRD 630, [2010] HKEC 1357
  • Advice to international bancassurance operator on formulation of their global reinsurance/retrocession program

Shipping & International Trade

Kelvin is well versed in a broad range of shipping and trade matters. He acted for major shipping lines, owners and charterers of bulkers and tankers, their P&I Clubs and cargo insurers in various disputes ranging from cargo damage/loss, unpaid charter hire, re-delivery disputes, demurrage to collision, unsafe port claims, personal injuries onboard and oil and air pollution charges.  He also handled a number of trade disputes for commodities traders, and took part in Hong Kong, Singapore, London and ICC arbitrations.

Career Highlights

  • Successful acquisition by private treaty of four Kien Hung Line vessels en bloc for Pacific International Lines in a Hong Kong court sale 
  • Obtaining US$50m arbitral awards for shipowners in charterparty claims and related court judgments over performance guarantees
  • Securing favourable arbitral award over a cargo contamination claim commenced initially by client’s previous lawyers on completely wrong footing and enforcing successfully

Insurance, Maritime, Commodities & trade

Qualified in Hong Kong, and English & Wales